November 18th, 2011
05:41 PM ET

Syracuse assistant coach: Molestation claims 'patently false'

A Syracuse University assistant men's basketball coach who was placed on leave over allegations that he inappropriately touched two boys years ago said Friday the accusations "are patently false in every aspect."

Syracuse put associate Bernie Fine on leave Thursday after Syracuse city police said they were re-opening an investigation of the allegations made six years ago by former Syracuse ball boy Bobby Davis, 39.

That news came after both Davis and his stepbrother, Mike Lang, 45, who also was a Syracuse ball boy, told ESPN on Thursday that Fine had molested them when they were children. Lang's new allegations helped kick-start the new police investigation.

"Simply put, these allegations are patently false in every aspect," Fine said Friday in a statement released by lawyers representing him. "The fact is these allegations have been thoroughly investigated multiple times.

"When evaluating the veracity of these accusations, please keep in mind that credible media outlets were approached in the past to publicize these false allegations and declined to do so. I fully cooperated with all past inquires."

Davis told university officials six years ago that he informed Syracuse city police that he had been "subjected to inappropriate contact by an associate men's basketball coach" during the 1980s and 1990s, Syracuse Senior Vice President Kevin C. Quinn said Thursday.

The university launched its own investigation in 2005, and found that no one, even people who Davis said would support his accusations, knew of wrongdoing by Fine, who denied the accusations. Police in 2005 said they wouldn't pursue the case because the statute of limitations had expired, Quinn said.

Had the school found evidence or corroboration of the allegations, it would have terminated the associate coach and reported the case to the police, Quinn said. Syracuse placed Fine on leave "in light of the new allegations and the Syracuse city police investigation," Quinn said.

Fine said in the statement: "Sadly, we live in an allegation-based society and an Internet age where in a matter of minutes one's lifelong reputation can be severely damaged. I am confident that, as in the past, a review of these allegations will be discredited and restore my reputation. I hope the latest review of these allegations will be conducted expeditiously."

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  1. banasy©

    Not raven @11:17.
    Shame on you, you nasty troll.
    Do not make light of other people's *will* get what you so richly deserve.

    November 18, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. The Biggest Wieneer

    And u banasy deserve my wieene shoved down your throat with a set of plastic hospital oxygen tubes in your nose while your lips are strapped in full suc mode on my wieene..

    November 18, 2011 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. *cosmicvox*

    There needs to be Some kind of Proof to back up allegations of criminal behavior. Otherwise it's just a witch hunt and a lynch mob.

    November 18, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    And you need to learn how to spell.
    But then, you haven't reached fourth grade yet, have you?

    November 18, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. raven

    My,my,my, arent we clever ?

    November 19, 2011 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  6. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ raven:
    Haven't seen you–miss you.
    I'm OK. Have been sick, staying home.
    I'm going back to sleep.

    November 19, 2011 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
  7. ma & pa

    It's easy to SAY what one Should do or would do...not always easy to do that thing in fact. Children are taught to obey authority, sometimes so much so they don't know how to say "no" or run away when person in authority says abad thing. Some others lie faster than they can say truth and ruin those around them. Not ALL accused are guilty. Not all NOT accused are innocent.

    November 19, 2011 at 3:40 am | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    ma and pa are right about false accusations and undiscovered guilt.
    I was trained to respect authority, and to respect it too much, so it must have been extreme sensitivity that motivated me to move away from the amorous intentions of a (married) male band director when I was about ten years old.
    It wasn't necessary to tell anybody, as, in a sense, I "ran," as I discussed above, and nothing happened.
    Incidentally, everybody in the band, ages about 10 to 17, was acutely aware of his pe-
    ersion. We laughed about it.
    He was dismissed from his job after one year.
    Why were we, a group of backwoods hicks in Mississippi, so aware of this situation that now requires a prosperous industry of "experts" and lawyers to investigate?
    This was not just my "unique" experience, as about thirty other school-band members had the same experience and "oh-there-he-goes-again" reaction.
    File under: Common Sense About Doing What Comes Naturally.

    November 19, 2011 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
  9. michaelfury

    November 19, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  10. s kel

    Hey gerbal guy , i would like to try the gerbal thing in my bung. If i order a dozen can they be shipped and at my door by thanksgiving? Im on the p.c. Now and will order a dozen of the X-LG sizes. Thanks GERBALGUY.......

    November 19, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    Not s kel.

    November 19, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ma & pa

    Joey Isotta-Fraschini, we're glad you ran from danger. So the young people laughed the the perv faculty member out of the schoolhouse...good. Theres strength and safety in numbers. But the grownups just let him go to probably another school full of unsuspecting children. (like priests getting transferred) In a village many years ago, an unrepentent and CONTINUING problem such as described would have quietly ceased, rather than be passed to another village. But now our words of warning circle the world on the net to unite everyone against such threats. And there's a judicial system that's seeing the threat and putting perps out for everyone to see.

    November 19, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ma & pa

    J. I. F., we hope you can de-stress and get stronger. Your moderate words are valued.

    November 19, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Blair Thomas

    Imagine if you are one of Bernie Fine's victims, and you read about Boeheim saying this.

    You know Boeheim is one of the most popular, powerful people within 25 miles of Syracuse. Boeheim blatantly calls this kid a liar who is just looking for money. Other victims will be less likely to come forward, and Boeheim knows that. Fire Boeheim today.

    He probably learned this from the Catholic church, who has been using the same techniques for decades.

    November 27, 2011 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Nitin

    yoaaijhu November 15, 2011 What you can not see with your eyes, Do not invent with your mouth!

    February 11, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
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