The Bishop Eddie Long Sex Scandal is on the lips of just about everyone around town this morning, especially after a third man came forward with more accusations.
Long has not yet addressed the situation and was a no show to his scheduled appearance on the Tom Joyner Morning Show. Instead, Bishop Long released a statement through his attorney, Frank and Wanda Morning Show.
Long was scheduled to address the sex scandal on local radio shows this morning, but he canceled his appearances after a 3rd lawsuit was filed yesterday by Jamal Pariss, 23, a former member of New Birth who claims Long made him call him “daddy.”
Long also canceled a press conference which was scheduled for later today.
Long’s attorney, Craig Gillen, read a brief statement from Long on the air this morning on The Tom Joyner Morning show on Kiss 104.1 and The Frank & Wanda Morning Show on V-103.
“I have been through storms and my faith has always sustained me. I am anxious to respond directly to these false allegations, and I will do so. However, my lawyers counseled patience at this time. Let me be clear: The charges against me and New Birth are false,” the statement said.
“I have devoted my life to helping others and these false allegations hurt me deeply, but my faith is strong and the truth will emerge.” Long asked for patience “as we continue to categorically deny each and every one of these ugly charges” and requested prayers for himself, his family and the church. He said he will respond to his congregation from the pulpit on Sunday. “These false allegations are an attack on Bishop Long personally,” Gillen said. “They are an attack on New Birth, the entire church and all of its 25,000 good people who attend that church, and it’s an attack on the mentoring program that has helped thousands of young men. It is deeply, deeply unfortunate that these allegations have been made. They will be met.”
It’s a sad situation and just like “A” holes, everyone has an opinion. Check out what the gays are saying about the scandal:
Drama Dupree of DramaDupree.com and Tron of WhatstheT.net chop it up on camera about the scandal. Although theirs is not the voice of all gays around town, it was a great starting point… [that was kind of a disclaimer LOL]
Bishop Long’s silence is sparking much controversy surrounding his guilt or innocence and gubernatorial candidate Roy Barnes even cancelled a planned fundraiser (that was to be hosted by long) amidst all the drama.
Long is said to be planning to address the situation from his pulpit on Sunday. I guess that’s a great way to invite visitors to the church.