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A Break from Sports: Did Bill Cosby con us all?

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First of all I am not here to prove the guilt or innocence of Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable….Oh I’m sorry I meant Bill Cosby! Am I being sarcastic? Yes and No!

I mean on the 1980’s hit TV show, “The Cosby Show,” the 77-year-old comedian and actor played the role of Dr. Huxtable, the perfect loving father that I wished I had in my life!

The Huxtable family portrayed what many black children were yearning for and that was a strong household, led by a strong black male. I say many because a lot of teenagers back in the 80s, including myself were raised in single parent households.

When it comes to sports, a go-to guy is that one person on a team that could be depended on to lead his/her team to victory! On the Cosby show Dr. Huxtable was that go-to guy because he had a solution for everyone’s problem.

But often, I would find myself wondering if this fictional character too good to be true.  First of all here’s a doctor that had all this available time for his family.  Let’s also keep in mind that Huxtable’s wife, Claire was a lawyer! These are two very stressful professions which requires countless hours away from home.  None of these negatives impacted the Huxtable household.

As of today there are well over 20 women that have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct. Some dating as far back as the 1960s!  I have to admit when I first heard about the allegations, I figured that it was just a group of women looking for a big payday and dispelled their stories.

As I further researched the allegations, I noticed that none of the accusers stand to profit from suing Cosby for monetary damages because the statute of limitations on all their allegations has expired. Please keep in mind that Cosby could waive the statute of limitations rights to rape charges, but from a legal prospective, he would be foolish to do so!

Also their stories, which take place in several cities and span about 40 years, illustrate the same pattern of behavior, primarily the accusation that Cosby, then one of the most powerful entertainers in Hollywood, targeted them because they were vulnerable and gained their trust by promising to help their careers.

One thing that also remains consistent from all of his accusers is that after having a drink with Cosby, they felt drugged and confused as he had his way with them. They were basically powerless to fight off any sexual advances he made towards them. 

Cosby may’ve thought that Spanish Fly was something to joke about back in 1969 when he included the subject in a comedy act, but this is 2014 and we're in a much different era!

According to many financial sources, Cosby is worth approximately $400 million and if a big financial payout isn’t the motive, then what is?

Although he will never face criminal charges for any misdeeds he may've done, he is now facing the court of public opinion. This court has already cost him his perfect image and also millions of dollars from cancelled projects.

Maybe his accusers could have presented these accusations much earlier than they did, but I can understand that some may have felt intimidated by him and felt that nobody would believe their stories.

These allegations didn’t just start in 2014! Let’s keep in mind that back in 2006 People magazine published an article in which Andrea Constand,  director of operations for Temple University’s women’s basketball team, accused Cosby of drugging her back in 2004, He settled out of court in 2006 after the name Barbara Bowman was mentioned.
According to the article, news reports about Constand's subsequent civil suit are what coaxed Barbara Bowman, 39, (during the time) out of hiding. The Denver-area native—who first told her story to Philadelphia magazine in November—was an 18-year-old model and aspiring actress in 1985, when her agent Jo Farrell arranged for her to meet Cosby. "It was overwhelmingly exciting," remembers Bowman, whose first meeting with Cosby took place at a comedy club in Denver. "He questioned me quite extensively about my personal history, my relationship with my father. My father abandoned me when I was 14." She says now, "In hindsight I look back and I realize what he was doing. He was getting information of where my vulnerabilities lay." In that first meeting, she claims Cosby gave her an acting exercise that struck her as disturbing: "He wanted me to imagine fully that I was inebriated, that I was out of control, drunk or drugged.... He wanted me to just slump in my chair, and he wanted my limbs to be limp, and he would whisper in my ear what he wanted." After Farrell arranged for her to move to New York City, Cosby continued to mentor her and even introduced her to costars Phylicia Rashad and Lisa Bonet. "I trusted him totally," says Bowman's mother, Pat Hubbard, 68. "Who wouldn't trust and love Dr. Huxtable?" 

Other than social media sites, there hasn’t been a great amount of support for Cosby from the black community, especially from leaders like Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson.

As you may recall when the late Michael Jackson was accused of molesting children, he received a great amount of support from the black community.

Cosby can’t blame anyone but himself for this because he has made national news for publicly airing black America’s “dirty laundry.” And black people hate for other blacks to criticize them in front of whites.

In 2008, he told a black audience, “We’re killing ourselves. We’re making fools of ourselves.” He took black parents to task who spend more money on sneakers than they do on their kids’ education, and allow them to bring “street-corner” language into their homes.

He also ripped black “leaders” who took issue with the arrogant manner in which he delivered his message.

This is a side that many of us in the black community never witnessed from him and it didn’t go over very well!

Many were realizing that the Cosby we have grown to love over the years as Dr. Huxtable was this great person for entertainment purposes only! Maybe the 1980s version of Cosby couldn’t relate to this current generation of youth!

The thing that may drive the final nail in the coffin for Cosby's career and reputation are the allegations made on Thursday by Beverly Johnson, a noted model in the 1970s and the first black woman to appear on the cover of American Vogue.

She accused Cosby of drugging her in a meeting at his Manhattan residence in the 1980s. According to her the incident, which did not involve sexual assault, happened when Cosby was starring on "The Cosby Show." She was offered an audition for a small role on the hit program. According to Johnson she was able to fight off and resist Cosby’s sexual advances.

"For a long time I thought it was something that only happened to me, and that I was somehow responsible. So I kept my secret to myself, believing this truth needed to remain in the darkness.” Johnson writes. "Now that other women have come forward with their nightmare stories, I join them."

Talking Friday morning to CNN's "New Day," Johnson said "it was only maybe 24 hours ago that I finally decided that, yes, this is what I wanted to do."

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Maybe I expected a little too much out of Bill Cosby the person. I always expect him to entertain me by making me laugh and feel good. Almost like a drug! I could never imagine this man doing anything to hurt anyone.

Neither did his accusers! If their allegations are true, then he conned us all by making us believe that he was something he wasn’t! Then again, isn’t that what a good actor does? 

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