A Big Ten officiating crew led by Stephen Pamon (pictured) came under fire for two conference games late this season. A series of questionable calls during the November 3rd Penn State-Purdue game led Boilermakers' coach Joe Tiller to file a complaint with the Big Ten. Two weeks later, Pamon & Co. had the reins of the Illinois-Ohio State game, and an iffy call that led to the Illini's first touchdown ended up being the difference in OSU's only loss of the season.
Fortunately, the Big Ten can rule out any kind of gambling scandal, because Stephen Pamon is such a stand-up character.
• He and his wife filed for bankruptcy in 2002 after the couple amassed $429,407 in liabilities, and two of the creditors were casinos.
• He allegedly has gambled at casinos as far back as the 1980s, and a sister-in-law said gambling losses incurred by Pamon and Pamon's wife led to the couple filing for bankruptcy.
• In 1997, he was charged with repeatedly beating three of his girlfriend's four sons with an electrical cord. He told authorities he beat the boys three times.
• He allegedly was fired by the Chicago Police Department in 1996 after two female officers accused him of sexual harassment, according to published reports that cited law-enforcement officials as sources.
• One of Pamon's former wives accused him during a court hearing in 1994 of striking her and sexually assaulting her 19-year-old niece, according to court records.
Wow, just like Abe Lincoln. The similarities are striking. Sure, Pamon has a little less slavery abolition and some more child abuse, but other than that… whew. Uncanny.