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Big Ten to probe into referee's alleged history of bankruptcy, abuse

Updated: December 20, 2007, 12:17 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

CHICAGO -- The Big Ten Conference said Thursday that it will delve into a further background check on referee Stephen Pamon, a day after a Yahoo! Sports story came out which said Pamon has a history of bankruptcy, casino gambling, child abuse and allegations of sexual harassment.

The conference said it conducted its last background check on Pamon in 2005 and knew of "certain civil and criminal records for Pamon," according to a conference statement. "Upon further third-party review, the ...

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