Good Grief! Voice of Charlie Brown arrested

Charlie Brown

We live in a world where there are no role models it seems. Icons of my youth continue to be falling on the wrong side of the moral scale and I am seriously wondering if the end will be in sight soon enough?

Yesterday marked the one-year anniversary of the death of longtime Penn State head coach Joe Paterno. I still hold Paterno in high regard overall but am quick to acknowledge his damning shortcomings based on what we have learned in the fallout of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. I still have questions about Paterno’s role in everything but I am far from one of those zealots who believes he could do no wrong. That simply is not the case of Paterno, a man who now owns a very complicated legacy that will continue to be evaluated, critiqued and analyzed for years to come.

In the world of college football, a sport I love despite it being hammered with troubling developments over recent years at many of the signature institutions (Penn State, USC, Ohio State, North Carolina, Miami and so on), few have been able to shine through as a reason to restore faith in the genuine good will in the game the way I thought Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o has. That was, of course, until last week when Deadspin unveiled a hoax that may or may not have been in part organized and executed by Te’o. Again, there are many layers to this onion and we may never know the full story, or at least for a long time. Tomorrow he and his parents will appear on Katie Couric’s afternoon television talk show, and hopefully Couric will ask some tough and important questions (we’re not talking about newspapers in this one).

But I have come to expect sports figures to fall from the graces on a routine basis. Nobody is above anything in the sports world. Now it seems I can not even trust one of America’s most beloved characters, Charlie Brown.

Well, the voice of Charlie Brown.

According to a report by the Associated Press

Authorities in California say the voice actor who portrayed Charlie Brown in many “Peanuts” shows was arrested on charges that include stalking.


U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokeswoman Angelica de Cima said Peter Robbins was arrested Sunday at the San Ysidro Port of Entry. She told U-T San Diego that a background check yielded a warrant against Robbins from the San Diego County sheriff’s department.

Good grief.

Robbins, who voiced the character of Charlie Brown in “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown,” is scheduled to be arraigned today on counts of “making a threat to cause death or great bodily injury and of stalking.”

These crimes are of course alleged at this point, but it certainly does not sound good. And I am sure the family of Charles Schultz, the mastermind behind the entire Peanuts gang, does not like seeing the name “Charlie Brown” associated with this sort of story.

Who is next? Charles Martinet? Dan Castellaneta?

I hope not, but I would certainly not be shocked.

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