Marv Albert

 

 

Marv Albert
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forcible sodomy
assault

Born Marvin Philip Aufrichtig in June 12, 1941 in New York. Marv Albert, as he became known, went on to become a well-known sportscaster. He is dubbed as the "voice of basketball" for his very distinctive vocal capacity which became synonymous with the game. His relationship with basketball started when he became the ball boy for the New York Knicks.

Albert was later given the opportunity to try sportscasting by Marty Glickman, a radio sportscaster in New York. He was the "voice of the Knicks" for both radio and television since 1967, but that 37-year stint ended when he criticized publicly the team’s performance in 2004.

He still continued to have an established presence in the sports broadcasting world with him calling not only for basketball but also other professional sports leagues such as the NFL, NHL and MLB. He joined the New Jersey Nets in 2005 to call the play-by-play but finally ended his stint there when he joined CBS Sports for the 2011-2012 season. Merv is a multi-award winning sportscaster who left an indelible mark in sports broadcasting.

Marv became a center of media attention for something other than sports broadcasting when he was involved in a highly publicized case of sexual assault which was filed by Vanessa Perhach. According to Perhach, Merv called her to visit his hotel room in Pentagon City way back in February 12, 1997, which is the date of the incident.

When she got there, Albert threw her on the bed and bit her on the back. Furthermore, she stated that she was forced to perform oral sex on him. She filed charges of assault and forcible sodomy against Albert and he was arrested in May of that year. He pleaded innocent at first but later changed his tune when DNA samples revealed that he had indeed bit her. Patricia Masden also came out to give a testimony against Albert saying that she also had a similar experience when he bit her twice. He gave a guilty plea for assault but the forcible sodomy charge was dropped. A one year suspended sentence was ruled against Albert before it was dropped.