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Secrecy around Ordie Alley should end

Jonesport-Beals basketball head coach Ordie Alley ready with his team before a game at the Bangor Auditorium in this February 2005 file photo.
Kevin Bennett | BDN
Jonesport-Beals basketball head coach Ordie Alley ready with his team before a game at the Bangor Auditorium in this February 2005 file photo.
Posted Aug. 22, 2014, at 1:29 p.m.

What should have been a night of pride and celebration for the new Maine Basketball Hall of Fame was clouded by the mystery of the man who wasn’t inducted into the hall on Thursday evening.

Ordman “Ordie” Alley, the coach whose name was synonymous with Washington County basketball for decades, was among the initial group of inductees announced in March.

But, when the list of honorees went out this week, Alley’s name was missing.

What had the longtime coach at Jonesport-Beals High School done to be denied the honor? Why had the Maine Sports Hall of Fame, which inducted Alley in 2003, quietly rescinded his membership as well?

Both halls have been mum. This is a disservice to the community and to Alley.

If the boards of the two halls of fame have evidence that Alley, who retired from coaching in 2005, did something serious enough to warrant removing him from their honor rolls, the public needs to know about it.

The silence inspires rumors that end up damaging Alley’s reputation and distract from the halls’ deserving honorees. If the boards are acting on information that requires further investigation they should say so.

When the Maine Sports Hall of Fame removed Husson College basketball star Dana Wilson of Brewer from its honor roll in 2013, after he was found guilty of possession of child pornography, it sent out a press release explaining its decision.

“The Maine Sports Hall of Fame takes great pride in formally honoring and memorializing Maine athletes and sports figures who have brought distinction and specialty to the state of Maine,” Dick Whitmore, the former Colby College coach who serves as president of the hall said in a press release announcing the revocation of Wilson’s induction.

For the residents of Washington County and Maine, and for Alley, the two halls need to be more forthcoming about what they know.

 

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