"Personal Fouls"
SVU, Episode 13.02
Production number: 13002
First aired: 28 September 2011
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Fin Amaro & Masters PersonalFouls
Written By
Bryan Goluboff

Directed By
Jim McKay

When a well-respected basketball coach is accused of sexual abuse, Detectives Benson and Tutuola are joined by new Detective Nick Amaro to uncover the truth about a star player's past.


As Coach Ray Masters is inducted to the Metro Basketball Hall of Fame by former students Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh, an ex-player accuses the coach of sexually abusing him as a child. Detective Nick Amaro transfers into the SVU squad and is thrown on to the case. The detectives interview former players but no one admits to abuse, forcing Benson and Fin to dig deeper into Coach Ray's most successful player, basketball star Prince Miller, and his manager/cousin.


This week, SVU is working on a case where Stevie, a former basketball player claims that he was molested by Ray Masters. Masters is a well respected and known basketball coach that runs training programs for children and professional players. Stevie is now living as a homeless junkie and talks to Nick Amaro, the new detective, about the abuse that he suffered as a child. He tells Nick that he was paid off by the coach in order to remain quiet about the molestation, but everyone else on the team is unable to find any evidence or support to back up Stevie's claim.

According to Stevie, his roommate Prince Miller supposedly received worse treatment than Stevie had. Prince won't admit that any of this actually happened to him and as a result, he resented Stevie. Later, the team finds Stevie dead. He had overdosed on heroin. It is suspicious that Prince Miller's manager, Supreme, had forced a shot of heroin into Stevie. Supreme knew that Stevie was a recovering addict and he needed to ensure that his client's image did not get tarnished by the bad press.

Prince confronts his old coach and decides to testify against him in front of the jury. Ultimately, Ray Masters is arrested and Prince encourages the other victims to come forward with their stories because they shouldn't be ashamed because THEY didn't do anything wrong...Coach did.


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My son's gay, and he has to deal with that stuff on the streets everyday. He's the bravest man I know.

–Detective Tutuola

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Riverbank State Park
679 Riverside Drive
Wednesday, August 17

Home of
Domenica Ramos
199 Division Street
Trenton, New Jersey
Thursday, August 18

Hope Town
Rehabilitation Center
82 Catherine Street
Friday, August 19

Players Only Club
85 Gansevoort Street
Monday, August 22

Grand Jury
Number 4
Thursday, August 25

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