Although things didn’t look good for Bernie Fine, Associate Head Men’s Basketball Coach for Syracuse University (SU) who’s come under fire in recent weeks due to child molestation allegations brought against him by his former ball boys – there were those who supported his innocence. But things got worse for Fine last night. First, a 3rd accuser came forward alleging child molestation on the part of Bernie Fine. Second, and perhaps more damaging, was an audiotape released by ESPN of a secretly recorded telephone conversation between Bernie’s wife, Laurie Fine, and one of the accusers alleging child molestation against Fine. In the audiotape, recorded in 2002, Laurie Fine basically acknowledged her husband’s atrocities. She seemed to be well aware of Bernie’s sexual child abuse activities. It was in light of the audiotape that was released yesterday, that led SU officials to terminate Bernie Fine’s employment at Syracuse University last night.
You can hear the audiotaped telephone recording between Laurie Fine and Bobby Davis – one of the two original and former ball boys to accuse Fine, here (warning: audio & video contain graphic sexual content).
Davis, now 39, told ESPN that Fine molested him beginning in 1984 and that the sexual contact continued until he was around 27. A ball boy for six years, Davis told ESPN that the abuse occurred at Fine’s home, at Syracuse basketball facilities and on team road trips, including the 1987 Final Four. ~ per huffington post
Nancy Cantor, Chancellor of Syracuse University, shared the following with the public last night:
Dear Students, Faculty, Staff, & Alumni:
Tonight, in the wake of troubling new allegations that emerged in the media today, I am writing to let you know that Bernie Fine’s employment at the University has been terminated effective immediately.
Frankly, the events of the past week have shaken us all. The taped phone call that ESPN revealed today was not provided to the University by Mr. Davis during the 2005 investigation by our legal counsel. Like the media review of the case a few years earlier, no other witnesses came forward during the University investigation, and those who felt they knew Bernie best could not imagine what has unfolded.
Since I last wrote to you, we have been cooperating fully with the authorities. On Friday, November 18, as the District Attorney has noted, we turned over to his office the results of our 2005 months-long investigation. Also on November 18, our Board of Trustees retained an independent law firm, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, to review our procedures in responding to the initial allegations when they first came to the University’s attention. I fully supported that decision and it is vital that we examine our protocols and actions in dealing with such serious allegations. We need to learn all we can from this terrible lesson.
All of us have the responsibility, individually and collectively, to ensure that Syracuse University remains a safe place for every campus community member and everyone with whom we interact on a daily basis on campus or in the community as part of our learning, scholarship, or work. We do not tolerate abuse. If anything good comes out of this tragedy, it will be that this basic principle is reinforced.
For more on the story, see the attached video fromMOXNEWSd0tC0M.
See yesterday’s report here:
- New allegations of child sexual abuse against SU basketball coach Bernie Fine
(cover image: Assistant coach Bernie Fine of the Syracuse Orange looks on from the sidelines during their game against the Connecticut Huskies during the quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 12, 2009 in New York City.)
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(sources: huffington post, SU)