Monday, November 28, 2011

Syracuse Coach Fired Amid Sex Abuse Probe !

SYRACUSE, New York — Syracuse University has fired Bernie Fine as an assistant men’s basketball coach, the school announced Sunday night, hours after new reports arose regarding his alleged sexual abuse of boys.

“At the direction of Chancellor Cantor, Bernie Fine’s employment with Syracuse University has been terminated, effective immediately,” university Senior Vice President Kevin Quinn said in a statement, referring to Syracuse Chancellor Nancy Cantor.

Fine was placed on administrative leave earlier this month, after former Syracuse ball boy Bobby Davis and his stepbrother, Mike Lang, accused him of molesting them. The university in announcing Fine’s leave earlier this month noted it had conducted its own investigation in 2005 and was “unable to find any corroboration of the allegations.”

“The events of the past week have shaken us all,” Cantor said in a statement Sunday. “No other witnesses came forward during the university investigation (in 2005), and those who felt they knew Bernie best could not imagine what has unfolded.”

Syracuse men’s basketball head coach Jim Boeheim said in a statement Sunday night that he believed “the university took the appropriate step” in firing Fine, his assistant coach the past 35 years.

“The allegations that have come forth today are disturbing and deeply troubling. I am personally very shocked because I have never witnessed any of the activities that have been alleged,” said Boeheim, who days earlier said Fine had his “full support.” “I deeply regret any statements I made that might have inhibited that from occurring or been insensitive to victims of abuse.”

The news of Fine’s firing came the same day that the Syracuse-based Post-Standard newspaper and ESPN both reported the existence of a recording of a 2002 phone conversation that they said Davis had recorded between him and the coach’s wife.

Davis provided the recording to the Post-Standard soon after it was recorded, but the newspaper then declined to report on it because it couldn’t find “witnesses, enough corroborating evidence or a second accuser.”

The wife, Laurie Fine, at the time suggested to the Post-Standard that Davis had taped her on multiple occasions and edited the recordings to make them appear more inflammatory.

In the tape, a woman — which ESPN, citing experts, claims was Laurie Fine — said she knew “everything that went on” with her husband, adding that “he thinks he’s above the law.”...read more

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