There’s a new twist in the disgusting sex scandal involving former Syracuse associate coach Bernie Fine. According to the victim Bobby Davis, Fine’s wife Laurie not only knew about the abuse but she also had a sexual relationship with him as well.
Outside the Lines received a copy of a taped telephone conversation between Davis and Laurie Fine. The alleged conversation took place on October 8, 2008. This taped phone conversation seems at least to this Examiner a little off kilter. In some ways it almost seems scripted. However, if it’s not this woman is no better than her husband. Below are excerpts of the conversation, judge for yourself.
Bobby Davis claims the abuse occurred while he was a team ball boy in the seventh grade and has accused Bernie Fine of molesting him in the Fine’s home.
In the alleged taped conversation Laurie Fine admits that she was aware of the abuse but she felt “powerless to stop the alleged abuse”. “I knew everything that went on, you know, Bernie has issues, maybe that he’s not aware of, but he has issues… And you trusted somebody you shouldn’t have trusted.”
Later in the call, Davis asked her, “Do you think I’m the only one that he’s ever done that to?” Laurie Fine replied, “No, I think there might have been others”. As the call started to wind down, Laurie Fine expressed her so called desire to help Davis. She said she wanted to “defend him but wasn’t capable of it”. She went on to say, “If it was another girl like I told you, it would be easy to step in because you know what you’re up against… (When) it’s another guy, you can’t compete with that.”
In closing, Laurie Fine made a very telling comment about her husband. “You know, he needs…that male companionship that I can’t give him, nor is he interested in me, and vice-versa.”
As horrible as the acts Bernie Fine committed are, the fact that Laurie Fine not only knew what her husband was doing but also did absolutely nothing the protect the kids is almost worse. She could have ended it. She could have turned him in. She needs to face criminal charges as well.
To add insult to injury, this woman is also accused of having a relationship with Davis as well. In an interview with ESPN, Davis stated that his relationship with Laurie Fine began when he was 18 and a senior in high school.
Both of the Fine’s preyed on this child. They both need to face the consequences of their actions. So is the call legit? Did this wife know and ignore the sexual abuse? Did she exploit the child further by engaging in a sexual relationship with him? Only time will tell as to the validity of this conversation.
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