SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine says allegations that he molested two former ball boys for years are “patently false.”
In a statement released by one of his attorneys Friday, Fine says these allegations have been thoroughly investigated multiple times and that he has fully cooperated with past inquiries.
Fine says: “Sadly, we live in an allegation-based society and an internet age where in a matter of minutes one’s lifelong reputation can be severely damaged. I am confident that, as in the past, a review of these allegations will be discredited and restore my reputation.”
Keep in mind that there are some differences between this case and Jerry Sandusky’s case, where there was an alleged cover-up. Syracuse did, in fact, fully investigate the claims when they learned about them in 2005, but didn’t make any changes at the time because they couldn’t be proven. The claims are coming to a head again because a second alleged victim came forward on ESPN last night. EDIT: Slightly corrected the story, which changed since last night. Thanks The Only Plfrmat.