The Jerry Sandusky-Penn State scandal may have opened a box that the NCAA didn’t
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want to hear about. Late Thursday evening, two former Cuse ball boys – Bobby Davis and Mike Lang, now grown adults accused long-time Syracuse assistant Bernie Fine of molesting him.
“I remember being disgusted in a sense,” Davis told ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap. “He would start put his hand on my leg, then gradually put his hand in my pants and try to touch my penis.”
“If I resisted, which I did, he would get more aggressive.”
The story has been out since 2003, but not reported due to no corroboration, until Davis’ 45 year old stepbrother, Lang came out and said he had also been molested after spending a lot of time with Fine.
“Probably 15-20 times,” said Lang, answering how many times Fine had groped him. “I didn’t feel right about it and I told that ‘Bernie please don’t do that to me.
“This matter was fully investigated by the university in 2005 and it was determined that the allegations were unfounded. I have known Bernie Fine for more than 40 years. I have never seen or witnessed anything to suggest that he would been involved in any of the activities alleged. Had I seen or suspected anything, I would have taken action. Bernie has my full support,” said Boeheim.
“This kid came forward and there was no one to corroborate his story. Not one. Not one. … This just is not true,” Boeheim told the Associated Press.
This isn’t good at all, especially with all the fire surrounding Penn State. You hope it doesn’t affect the team or the school, but that’s a secondary issue. The main issue is whether this really happened and whether or not people knew about this.
Fine is a very well respected coach in that area and after JoePa’s legacy went in the garbage, you hope the same won’t happen here.
Not making any decision on how I feel until more information comes out.