Bernie Fine Scandal — Fine’s wife Laurie’s phone conversation with Bobby Davis

Bobby Davis -- David Lassman / The Post-Standard, 2002

The Bernie Fine saga took a huge turn when it surfaced that accuser Bobby Davis had recorded a phone conversation between himself and Fine’s wife, Laurie.

The most shocking part was that Laurie Fine openly admitted to knowing about the sexual abuse. Davis had lived with the Fines from time to time and one night Laurie said she saw Fine molesting Davis through the basement window.

Syracuse.com has a transcript of the 2002 phone call between Laurie Fine and Bobby Davis.

Laurie Fine -- Gary Walts / The Post-Standard

Basically this puts everyone on the hot seat, including Laurie Fine. She openly acknowledges knowing about the husband’s sexual abuse of Davis. What’s even more bizarre is that Davis claimed he had a sexual relationship with Laurie Fine starting at age 18.

But anyways, this tape shows that these guys really might be telling the truth. I was a little skeptical at first. I found it odd that the one person Davis needed to corroborate his story was his stepbrother, Mike Lang. I also wasn’t sold on the third accuser, Zach Tomaselli, who is also facing sexual assault charges, had his estranged father call him a liar.

This tape is a game changer. This could get real ugly fast for Cuse. In a few weeks this could be a full-blown Penn State ordeal. You got to thing Boeheim, after going over the top to defend Fine, is on the hot seat.

This is bad either way.

Is Jim Boeheim the next to be fired?

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In the wake of the Bernie Fine scandal it appears that Jim Boeheim, much like JoePa, could be the next to be fired at Syracuse University.

Boeheim defended Fine early in the accusations and it could turn out to be his downfall.

Nov. 18, Bud Poliquin of the Post-Standard posted a story with Boeheim ripping accuser Bobby Davis.

Boeheim did admit that Davis, who lived in Fine’s basement for a while as a teen and served for a time as an Orange ball boy, did periodically travel with the SU basketball team. But, Boeheim offered, Davis traveled for a practical reason.

“I know Bobby,” Boeheim said. “He was one of 300 ball boys we’ve had. This kid ended up being a babysitter for Bernie. He babysat Bernie’s kids. That’s why he was on the trips. He’d babysit. The kid only traveled, to my knowledge, if he was babysitting Bernie’s kids. This is when he was 18 years old. He was helping to babysit the kids. That’s the only time I know about, from talking with Bernie.”

Asked what Davis’ possible motivation would be to tell his disturbing story at this time, Boeheim hesitated not at all.

“Here’s why,” he said. “The Penn State thing came out and the kid behind this is trying to get money. He’s tried before. And now he’s trying again. If he gets this, he’s going to sue the university and Bernie. What do you think is going to happen at Penn State? You know how much money is going to be involved in civil suits? I’d say about $50 million. That’s what this is about. Money.”

Yesterday when Fine was fired, Boeheim through SU came out with an apology to the accusers.

“I deeply regret any statements I made that might have inhibited that from occurring or been insensitive to victims of abuse,” he said

I don’t know if this can save Boehiem’s job. Syracuse University is now being pressured to fire the long-time coach.

Bernie Fine Fired — BREAKING NEWS

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Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine has been fired.

Kevin Quinn, Syracuse’s senior vice president of public affairs said in a statement:

“At the direction of Chancellor Cantor, Bernie Fine’s employment with Syracuse University has been terminated, effective immediately.”

Bobby Davis and stepbrother Mike Lang were the first two accusers to come forward, but this week they were joined by a third accuser, Zach Tomaselli, who claims Fine molested him in 2002 in a Pittsburgh hotel room.

Tomaselli himself faces sexual assault charges.

Head coach Jim Boeheim has stayed by Fine through these charges, but these allegations are really started to heat up.

Hopefully Boeheim didn’t no anything like he claimed or this could be a JoePa situation.

Syracuse Assistant Bernie Fine Accused of Child Molestation

The Jerry Sandusky-Penn State scandal may have opened a box that the NCAA didn’t

Photo Courtesy of Bleacher Report

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.