If fifteen-plus rape allegations aren't enough for you, there is ample depressing evidence that good old Bill Cosby has always been a scumbag, a bully, and a fraud.
In 1989, Cosby was invited to Notre Dame to speak to a group of black graduates. Cosby singled out All-American tackle Dean Brown to ask what his GPA was. When Brown told him it was a 2.5, Cosby proceeded to humiliate him in front of the other students and parents:
"What do you think of a 2.5 average?" Cosby asked.
"I think it's decent," replied Brown, who was recently drafted by pro football's Indianapolis Colts.
Cosby snarled back: "2.5 is OK if you have a mental disorder. You should be ashamed of yourself. You should have worked harder."
Tears streamed down the 290-lbs. Brown's face as he tried to defend himself: "I worked hard. I did my best..."
But Cosby cut him short. "You didn't do enough."
It turns out that Jerry Barca, who wrote a book about the 1988 Notre Dame season, has spoken out about just how devastating Cosby's humiliation of Brown was.
In a letter to Deadspin, Barca says:
You're right that Dean was a good guy. He also had some serious difficulties growing up. He had no money. He hustled food stamps at 10. And his favorite show growing up? Fat Albert. He was also very candid in saying he benefited the most of any of his teammates by being at Notre Dame. So he starts on a national title team and then he's set to graduate a year later, a pretty monumental deal for him and Cosby berates him. When I spoke to Dean in 2012 for my book he said this: "I went a lot of years feeling like I was a failure, And, there were times that anytime I heard Bill Cosby's name — it wasn't a cringe, but it was a heavy uneasiness.
Why was the successful and accomplished Cosby so intent on belittling a young athlete and scholar?
Maybe Cosby wasn't comfortable knowing that his own college degree was a sham.
In his book, Education's Smoking Gun, a former professor at the University of Massachusetts, Reginald G. Damerel, says that Cosby was recruited personally by the assistant dean of the U. Mass. education school. He entered a program designed to award advanced education degrees to "mature students," some of whom hadn't attended or completed college.Cosby didn't take semester-length courses. Instead he attended a weekend-long seminar and received credits for appearances on TV shows like Sesame Street and The Electric Company.
Cosby's 242-page doctoral dissertation is titled 'AN INTEGRATION OF THE VISUAL MEDIA VIA FAT ALBERT AND THE COSBY KIDS INTO THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CURRICULUM AS A TEACHING AID AND VEHICLE TO ACHIEVE INCREASED LEARNING.' (January 1, 1976).
We can all read Cosby's dissertation if we're willing to buy a copy, but let's face it: We know it's just self-serving crap.
Damerell says, 'A dissertation is supposed to be a contribution to human knowledge. This isn't.'
Bill Cosby was supposed to be a role model. He isn't.