We thought the Penn State scandal was bad. Perhaps Syracuse is worse.
Here’s the summary: Last year, shortly after the Penn State story broke, two men who were ball boys for the Syracuse University basketball team came forward and accused the assistant coach, Bernie Fine, of molesting them in the 1970s and 1980s. Authorities have declined to prosecute because statute of limitations has expired.
But, when the two men came forward, Jim Boeheim, the legendary head coach (who got the job in 1976, when I was a student at Syracuse), stood by his assistant, Bernie Fine, and said that the accusers were lying and trying to cash in on the Penn State scandal. He has since apologized for the remarks and Bernie Fine was fired.
The two men have filed a defamation lawsuit against Boeheim and Syracuse University. They are represented by celebrity attorney Gloria Allred, who apparently likes to take on inflammatory cases. But, court documents filed Monday in the defamation case allege that Bernie Fine’s wife, Laurie Fine, was herself having sex with basketball players. Read:
Previously, a third accuser of Bernie Fine released a recorded telephone conversation in which Laurie Fine admits that she knew what was going on. The story and videos:
Bernie fine has third accuser on ESPN.go.com
Bernie Fine wife had abuse concerns on ESPN.go.com
In the meantime, another accuser, currently residing in prison, admitted that he lied when accusing Fine of sexually molesting him.
This scandal may be bad enough to make the Penn State story go away.