Syracuse University Fires Asst Basketball Coach Bernie Fine in Wake of Sex Scandal, Tape Release Fine’s Wife, “Bernie has issues, maybe that he’s not aware of, but he has issues. …”
WEEKEND AT BERNIE’S … FIRED!!!
In the wake of the Syracuse sex scandal, assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine has been fired by Syracuse University. As the investigation continues in the alleged accusations of sexual molestation by Bernie Fine, the asst coach finds himself out of a job after 36 years and in hot water. The firing comes after a third individual came forward with allegation of sexual molestation and a search of Fine’s home over the weekend by Syracuse police and US Secret Service agents.
Bernie Fine was fired Sunday by Syracuse University after a third man accused the assistant basketball coach of molesting him nine years ago.
“At the direction of Chancellor Cantor, Bernie Fine’s employment with Syracuse University has been terminated, effective immediately,” Kevin Quinn, the school’s senior vice president for public affairs, said in a statement.
The 65-year-old Fine was in his 36th season at his alma mater. He had the longest active streak of consecutive seasons at one school among assistant coaches in Division I.
After the tape of Bernie Fine’s wife, Laurie Fine, came forward, LISTEN HERE, it was hard to believe that Fine would not be fired and worse. The tape of Fine’s wife was recorded without her knowledge at the time. The tape obviously shows that Fine’s wife had concerns of Bernie Fine’s sexual molestation. YIKES!!! The tape is troubling and disturbing to listen to … um, ESPN had this how long ago?
Bobby Davis, who has publicly accused Bernie Fine of years of molestation that Davis said started when he was in the seventh grade, legally recorded his Oct. 8, 2002, phone call to Laurie Fine.
“I know everything that went on, you know,” Laurie Fine said on the call, obtained by Outside the Lines from Davis. “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 … ”
She continued: “Bernie is also in denial. I think that he did the things he did, but he’s somehow through his own mental telepathy has erased them out of his mind.”
Long time Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim released a statement regarding the firing of Fine. Boeheim had initially defended Fine when the story first broke; however, he has obviously developed a change of heart and stated that he was sorry if his initial comments in defense of Fine were “insensitive to victims of abuse.”
“The allegations that have come forth today are disturbing and deeply troubling,” Boeheim said in a statement released by the school. “I am personally very shocked because I have never witnessed any of the activities that have been alleged. I believe the university took the appropriate step tonight. What is most important is that this matter be fully investigated and that anyone with information be supported to come forward so that the truth can be found. I deeply regret any statements I made that might have inhibited that from occurring or been insensitive to victims of abuse.”
First Penn State and now Syracuse University. One really has to wonder how many colleges and universities have such deep dark skeletons in their closets? Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts, absolutely.