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.
Syracuse Sex Scandal: Third Accuser Comes Forward with Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Asst Syracuse Basketball Coach Bernie Fine
NOT A VERY GOOD WEEKEND AT BERNIE’S …
First the weekend began with assistant Syracuse Orangeman basketball coach Bernie Fine had his home searched by the police and the US Secret Service. Now we learn that a third accuser has come forward and made allegations of sexual abuse against Bernie Fine.
A third accuser has come forward claiming Syracuse University associate head basketball coach Bernie Fine sexually abused him as a child, the Syracuse Post-Standard reported Sunday.
The newest accusation prompted police to search Fine’s home on Friday, according to the newspaper.
Zach Tomaselli, 23, of Lewiston, Maine, told police last week that he was molested by Fine when he was 13 years-old inside a Pittsburgh hotel room in 2002, the night before Syracuse’s game against the University of Pittsburgh.
However, these accusations by Tomaselli seem a bit slim when one considers that he is presently facing his own sexual assault charges in Maine with a 14 year old boy. Also, Tomaselli says that no one witnessed his alleged abuses and that he had no physical evidence to support his claim. In other words, it is pure allegations with no substance. However, it was enough for the feds to search Fine’s home.
Tomaselli, who is reportedly facing sexual assault charges in Maine involving a 14-year-old boy, said he signed a police affidavit Wednesday.
Tomaselli said no one witnessed the alleged abuse and that he has no physical evidence to support his claim. His estranged father, Fred Tomaselli, claims his son is lying.
But the allegations were enough to prompt a police search of Fine’s home for more than seven hours Friday, the newspaper reports, with the U.S. Secret Service, Syracuse Police and New York State Police involved. Authorities took photographs, looked through trash cans and removed three filing cabinets from the 65-year-old’s home.
What a sketchy, sordid affair.
Bring in the Feds …
Officers from the US Secret Service, Syracuse police and the US Attorney’s General office have combined forces to search the home of Syracuse University assistant coach Bernie Fine in DeWitt, NY in connection with the accusations of sexual misconduct allegations. Fine’s home was reportedly searched by the Feds for some 7 hours yesterday; however, no official comment was made as regards to the reason for the search, the investigation or any discoveries. The feds have obviously been called in as the allegations of sexual molestation have to have crossed state lines and federal charges could be made in the future.
New York State Police spokesman Jack Keller said troopers were called to assist the U.S. attorney’s office at the search. According to The Post-Standard newspaper, officers from the U.S. Secret Service and Syracuse police were part of the search team.
Assistant U.S. Attorney William Pericak said he “can’t confirm or deny” an investigation.
“We don’t comment on whether or not search warrants are being executed — we only comment at the time of public events,” Pericak said. “I’m not saying there was or wasn’t one here. But when you get a search warrant that’s sealed, it remains sealed until a court unseals it.”
He said the goal is to avoid “a trial in the press.”
Bobby Davis and his stepbrother Mike Lang, two former ball boys for the Syracuse basketball team, have alleged that they were molested more than 25 years ago by Fine. Presently, Fine is on administrative leave and has denied the charges, stating the claims of sexual molestation are “patently false.”
Not Again … Syracuse Asst Coach Bernie Fine Accused of Molesting Two Ball Boys (Bobby Davis & Mike Lang) … Fine Placed on Leave
The shock and disgust has not even subsided in the Penn State child sex scandal and it would appear that we might have another at a prominent college.
As reported by ESPN, ‘Outside the Lines’, two former Syracuse University basketball ball boys, Bobby Davis & Mike Lang, have accused assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine of sexual molestation. According to accounts, the Syracuse police are now investigating the allegations. Davis stated that the molestation began in 1984 and took place at Fine’s home, Syracuse University facilities and on basketball road trips. What will this investigation bring? These original allegations were presented and investigated in 2003, however, ESPN and other media outlets did not report the story because there were no corroborating witnesses. Now there is one. We saw Penn State University get savaged by their sex scandal, is Syracuse on the clock? Fine has been placed on administrative leave as the investigation continues.
Two former Syracuse University ball boys say they were molested by associate head basketball coach Bernie Fine, starting in the late 1970s and continuing into the 1990s.
Police in Syracuse said they have opened an investigation into the allegations. And in a statement Thursday night, Syracuse said it has placed Fine on administrative leave.
One alleged victim, Bobby Davis, now 39, told Outside the Lines that Fine molested him beginning in 1984, shortly before Davis entered the seventh grade. Davis, the team’s ball boy for six years beginning in 1984, said the abuse occurred at Fine’s home, at the Syracuse basketball facilities, and on road trips, including the 1987 Final Four.
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