Normally, Law & Order: SVU rips its stories from the headlines after they actually take place in the real world. But could it be possible that just this once, SVU predicted a scandal before it broke? Regular viewers may be struck by the similarities between the horrifying child abuse allegations against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky—accusations that legendary coach Joe Paterno knew about—and the crime tackled in the recent SVU episode "Personal Fouls." Here's the preview:
Basically, "Fouls" is the story of a well-regarded high school basketball coach (played by Dan Lauria, aka Kevin Arnold's dad in The Wonder Years) who's accused of sexually abusing his student players. It features special guest appearances from NBA stars Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh, and a small role for the recently deceased Heavy D.
Now, not to pull a total conspiracy theory here, but this particular story scales pretty high on the "just a coincidence" scale, don't you think? Watch the full episode here and judge for yourself whether the following story is fictional and does not depict any actual person or event.