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Tuesday
Jan312012

Laurie Fine Accused of Sexual Relationships with Syracuse Players

Jim McIsaac/Ge​tty Images(SYRACUSE, N.Y.) -- The wife of former Syracuse University assistant men's basketball coach Bernie Fine has been accused of having sexual relationships with basketball team players by two of the men that accused Fine of sexually molesting them when they were ball boys.

The affidavit was filed on Monday in New York State Supreme Court by attorney Gloria Allred, on behalf of her clients Robert Davis and his stepbrother Michael Lang.

"For years, Bernie Fine's wife, Laurie Fine, had sexual relationships with basketball team players," Davis said in the affidavit. "Laurie Fine and another coach's wife used to also speak openly about their sexual relationship with two of the players and what each of them liked to do in bed."

The affidavit is part of a slander lawsuit against head coach Jim Boeheim. Davis and Lang allege that Boeheim knew about the improper behavior and did not take action to stop it.

In the days following the allegations against Fine, Boeheim defended his assistant coach and said the accusers were lying, implying that they were trying to cash in following the Penn State child sex abuse scandal. Eventually, Boeheim apologized for the comments and supported Fine's dismissal.

Davis alleges that Boeheim "had countless occasions to observe that Fine's behavior and unusual closeness and relationship with me and other ball-boys was problematic."

In addition to observing Fine's unusually close relationship with the boys, Davis said that the behavior of Bernie Fine's wife, Laurie Fine, would also have tipped Boeheim off as to what was going on with the young ball boys. He alleges that Laurie Fine's sexual relationships with players were "common knowledge" and a "routine source of jokes and conversation."  

Edward Z. Menkin, an attorney for the Fines, did not reply to a request from ABC News for comment.

Allred said that the university must be held accountable for the inappropriate relationships Laurie Fine was allegedly having.

"If Laurie Fine was having multiple sexual relationships with basketball players, then the university must explain how this could have been taking place for years right under Coach Boeheim's nose without his being aware of it and without the university's doing anything about it," Allred wrote in an email to the Post-Standard Tuesday.

The lawsuit alleges that Laurie Fine had sexual relationships with at least two players and possibly more. It also accuses another unnamed coach's wife of doing the same.

"Mrs. Fine's approach to the different players was always the same -- she would focus on a particular player and start paying enormous attention to that one player, by doing the player's laundry, lending him her car, giving the player money and gifts, including jewelry, and generally ingratiating herself into the player's life until it became clear that they were in an intimate relationship," Davis alleged.

Fine, 65, had been an assistant coach at Syracuse for 36 years, the longest active streak at one school among Division I assistant coaches. He was fired at the end of November 2011.

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Wednesday
Dec142011

Bernie Fine's Accusers Sue Syracuse University, Head Basketball Coach

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(SYRACUSE, N.Y.) -- Unable to file criminal charges because the statute of limitations had run out, two men who claimed they were molested as children by former Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine announced Tuesday they were suing the college and head coach Jim Boeheim.

Mike Lang and Bobby Davis alleged that Fine sexually abused them years ago when they were ball boys for the Syracuse team.  They said they had not planned to seek money damages until Boeheim initially questioned their motives and suggested they were looking to make a quick buck.

Although Boeheim has since apologized and Fine was fired by Syracuse University, the two alleged victims hired attorney Gloria Allred, who said the men were seeking compensatory and punitive damages.

Allred added, "It’s time now to make both Syracuse University and coach Boeheim accountable."

Both men also made statements.  Davis said it hurt him when Boeheim accused him of lying, while Lang expressed hope that other child abuse victims would find the courage to step forward.

Fine has denied all the allegations made against him.

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Wednesday
Nov302011

Boeheim's Job Safe for Now as Syracuse Basketball Team Wins Big

Nate Shron/Getty Images(SYRACUSE, N.Y.) -- The third-ranked Syracuse University men's basketball team took care of business Tuesday, easily defeating Eastern Michigan, 84-48, amid rumors that head coach Jim Boeheim's job might be on the line because of the sex abuse scandal that spurred the firing of longtime assistant coach Bernie Fine last Sunday.

The school has come under heavy pressure from victims' groups to oust Boeheim for his seemingly lack of sensitivity to Fine's alleged victims when news first broke earlier in the month about two former ball boys who accused Fine of molesting them over a long period of time.

Boeheim withdrew his support for Fine and supported the firing when "more facts came out" that included a third alleged victim and a tape recording of a 2002 phone call made to Fine's wife, Laurie, in which she suggested that he may be guilty of the charges made against him.

Asked about Boeheim's future, Syracuse University Chancellor Nancy Cantor said Tuesday that he "is our coach" -- an apparent vote of confidence.

Receiving two standing ovations at Tuesday's night game in Syracuse, Boeheim said, "I'm saddened in many ways by what has unfolded.  I'm looking forward to a time when we can talk and learn from what has happened."

Unlike the previous home game, there was no open seat on the bench to mark Fine's absence.  No criminal charges have been leveled at the former coach who has called the accusations "patently false."

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Tuesday
Nov292011

Victims Group Demands Ouster of Syracuse Head Basketball Coach

Nate Shron/Getty Images(SYRACUSE, N.Y.) -- With his longtime assistant gone, is Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim's job safe?

The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests says it's time Syracuse University also cut ties with Boeheim for first denigrating two men who charged Bernie Fine with sexually abusing them as youngsters.

Fine was fired Sunday after a third man came forward to allege that he too was molested by the 65-year-old coach.  The firing also followed a broadcast on ESPN of a taped phone conversation between Fine's wife, Laurie, and accuser Bobby Davis in 2002 in which she acknowledged her husband had likely molested Davis when he served as the team's ball boy.

When the story about Fine broke two weeks ago, Boeheim defended Fine and accused Davis and his relative, Mike Lang, of trying to cash in on the scandal that he said was perpetuated by sex abuse charges filed against former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky.

On Sunday, Boeheim changed his tune, saying, "I deeply regret any statements I made that might have inhibited that from occurring or been insensitive to victims of abuse."

However, David Clohessy, the director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, said Boeheim's apology won't undo the harm he's caused and demanded that Syracuse fire the coach.

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