Tollie confirmed to the station that he is indeed getting treatment.
He didn’t say for what, but if I were to make an informed and educated guess based on some things I’ve heard the past few days, it would be that he has an addiction to painkillers– the result of injuries he sustained in a car accident in 2008. [Tollie was let go from FOX Philly after milking a workers’ comp claim resulting from injuries he sustained in a car accident while on his way to cover a press conference at Villanova. He lost a court battle over the ordeal in 2012.] But again, that’s just a guess.
The timing, of course, is convenient as more reports surface of Tollie ripping people off.
Today, I received another TOLLIE TALE. From reader Dane:
I got yet another story about “The Good Guy”. I was irate when it happened but didn’t know how to report him because he was a respected celebrity. I’m so glad this stuff has come out .But, he screwed me bad and I need to pile on because of what he did to me. I went to one of his charity events at a local bar in Philly in 2008. I gave him 500 down and promised to pay 500 in 2 weeks for 2 front row tickets to a sixers celtics game in a month. He said he would mail me the tickets in a week. I never received them. I called back in 2 weeks (2 weeks before game and 2 weeks after coming to the event). He said he needed the other 500 bucks in order for me to mail them. I said I didn’t understand because that was not the deal. He just said the money was needed first now and asked me if he wanted to disappoint the kids if the money was not there. I was a little more than ticked but didn’t argue because i thought he was a respected guy and it was a good cause. Well, I sent the money and never ever recevied anything. I called and called and called and just got a full v-mail box.
The “respected celebrity” thing seems to be a theme here. You can debate the semantics of that until your face is bloated and your hair plugs suck… but Tollie was and is a recognizable figure in this town. Who would’ve thought that he’d rip you off? And worse: how do you report him?
I’m not trying to relate their actions (at all), but this has a very Jerry Sandusky feel to it. Both were respected do-gooders in their community who, outwardly, helped lots of children. Yet once the layers of their onions were peeled back (and imagine how often Papa Jer is having his onion peeled in prison…), you uncover dozens of claims of wrongdoing that, for one reason or another, couldn’t be reported (or someone didn’t know how to report them). Again, I’m not trying to relate their actions, but both guys are good examples of notable, respected men within their communities who had ulterior motives. Reminds you of that guy who runs those chicken joints:
Tollie – or presumably his lawyer – released a statement to Action News:
In recent months, the programs I have conducted for disadvantaged children have encountered financial challenges. As a result, we have needed to cancel trips and other prize packages and for that I greatly apologize to our generous donors who have taken such a great interest in these wonderful children. In the coming months, we hope to fulfill our obligations, resume our programs and make things right for our donors. I am currently receiving treatment at an inpatient facility. After I am discharged, I will fully address all of the above issues. I am truly sorry for any inconvenience and anxiety caused by these circumstances. Please respect my family’s privacy while I resolve these issues.
That wouldn’t explain the claim from reader Dane regarding his alleged 2008 fucking, however.