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April 13, 2012
15:19 // 2 years ago
December 7, 2011
New York prosecutor says he can’t bring case against Syracuse ex-coach Bernie Fine: According to the AP article, “A New York prosecutor says he cannot bring charges against a former Syracuse University assistant basketball coach but finds that two men who accused him of sexual abuse are credible.” The prosecutor in Onondaga County, NY says he can’t prosecute the case; a third accuser (the one we mentioned yesterday, who admitted to sexual abuse himself) may still get his day in court, as those allegations are more recent and not under this prosecutor’s jurisdiction.

New York prosecutor says he can’t bring case against Syracuse ex-coach Bernie Fine: According to the AP article, “A New York prosecutor says he cannot bring charges against a former Syracuse University assistant basketball coach but finds that two men who accused him of sexual abuse are credible.” The prosecutor in Onondaga County, NY says he can’t prosecute the case; a third accuser (the one we mentioned yesterday, who admitted to sexual abuse himself) may still get his day in court, as those allegations are more recent and not under this prosecutor’s jurisdiction.

10:59 // 2 years ago
December 6, 2011
The only thing that transpired was the same stuff that happened to me. This kid has been through a lot because of the way I controlled him and abused him.
Bernie Fine accuser Zach Tomaselli • Admitting to the Associated Press that, years after he says former Syracuse assistant coach Bernie Fine sexually abused him, he did the same thing to another young boy. Fortunately, Tomaselli says that he’s getting help and realizes the error of his way. The revelations came out as a result of the case that Tomaselli is involved in — which will likely lead to a plea bargain for as much as three years in jail and a spot on the sex offenders’ registry — and his lawyer’s attempt to suppress the confession from the press. However, Tomaselli came clean, because he said he was “sick of hiding behind my attorney.” source (viafollow)
10:24 // 2 years ago
November 30, 2011
I supported a friend. I’m proud that I did. I think if you know somebody and you work with somebody for 36 years and know them for 48 years, I think you owe a debt of allegiance and gratitude for what he did for the program. That’s what my reaction was.
Syracuse basketball head coach Jim Boeheim • Explaining his initial defense of former assistant coach Bernie Fine, with whom Boeheim had worked in Syracuse basketball for nearly four decades. Following news of child molestation claims against Fine, Boeheim vociferously leapt to his assistant’s defense, calling the allegations “a bunch of a thousand lies,” and suggesting the accusers had financial motives. This reactionary and tone-deaf response sparked calls for his resignation, among them those of Rev. Robert Hoatson, who works as an advocate for victims of child sex abuse. It was just last night that Hoatsen revealed he’d been contacted by a fourth person bringing molestation claims against Fine, saying that the abuse began when the man was a young teen. source (viafollow)
15:33 // 2 years ago
November 27, 2011
Syracuse fires Bernie Fine, coach accused of molestation: The case against Fine, who has faced these allegations for many years, intensified in recent weeks for multiple reasons. First, ESPN reported the story after a second victim came forward. Second, a third victim came forward after ESPN ran the story. And third, a particularly devastating phone call with a woman, believed to be Fine’s wife Laurie, was recorded by one of the alleged victims. In the phone call, the woman said this to the victim: "I know everything that went on, you know. I know everything that went on with him … Bernie has issues, maybe that he’s not aware of, but he has issues … And you trusted somebody you shouldn’t have trusted …" (To add a particularly strange angle to the story, the victim who recorded the call says he had a sexual relationship with Laurie Fine when he was 18, which he later told the coach about.) All in all, the allegations became too much for Fine to overcome, and the school let him go Sunday night.

Syracuse fires Bernie Fine, coach accused of molestation: The case against Fine, who has faced these allegations for many years, intensified in recent weeks for multiple reasons. First, ESPN reported the story after a second victim came forward. Second, a third victim came forward after ESPN ran the story. And third, a particularly devastating phone call with a woman, believed to be Fine’s wife Laurie, was recorded by one of the alleged victims. In the phone call, the woman said this to the victim: "I know everything that went on, you know. I know everything that went on with him … Bernie has issues, maybe that he’s not aware of, but he has issues … And you trusted somebody you shouldn’t have trusted …" (To add a particularly strange angle to the story, the victim who recorded the call says he had a sexual relationship with Laurie Fine when he was 18, which he later told the coach about.) All in all, the allegations became too much for Fine to overcome, and the school let him go Sunday night.

21:33 // 2 years ago
November 18, 2011
16:03 // 2 years ago
November 17, 2011
Syracuse assistant coach placed on administrative leave: Bernie Fine, an assistant basketball coach, allegedly molested a ball boy for the school over a dozen-year period beginning in the mid-1980s, leading to a police investigation. (He denies the allegations, which the school learned about and investigated internally in 2005.) The alleged victim, who is now 39, came forward to ESPN’s Outside the Lines; ESPN says there may also be a second victim who was molested at the same time. (EDIT: Both victims came forward on the show.) Here’s the statement from the school, which reads: “In light of the new allegations and the Syracuse City Police investigation, this evening Chancellor (Nancy) Cantor asked Director of Athletics Dr. Daryl Gross, to place Associate Head Coach Bernie Fine on administrative leave.” This is obviously top-of-mind considering the Jerry Sandusky case. 

Syracuse assistant coach placed on administrative leave: Bernie Fine, an assistant basketball coach, allegedly molested a ball boy for the school over a dozen-year period beginning in the mid-1980s, leading to a police investigation. (He denies the allegations, which the school learned about and investigated internally in 2005.) The alleged victim, who is now 39, came forward to ESPN’s Outside the Lines; ESPN says there may also be a second victim who was molested at the same time. (EDIT: Both victims came forward on the show.Here’s the statement from the school, which reads: “In light of the new allegations and the Syracuse City Police investigation, this evening Chancellor (Nancy) Cantor asked Director of Athletics Dr. Daryl Gross, to place Associate Head Coach Bernie Fine on administrative leave.” This is obviously top-of-mind considering the Jerry Sandusky case

21:25 // 2 years ago