DA: Syracuse Abuse Scandal is Unlike Penn State's

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
A district attorney says it

Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim, left, closes his eyes for a moment against South Alabama during the first half of the NIT men's college basketball first round game in Syracuse, N.Y., Wednesday, March. 14, 2007. Seated next to Boeheim is assistant head coach Bernie Fine. (AP Photo/Kevin Rivoli)

DA: Boeheim Shouldn't Be Faulted in Abuse Probe

Syracuse, NY (AP) - A New York district attorney who believes
two men who accuse ex-Syracuse University assistant basketball
coach Bernie Fine of molestation says Hall of Fame Coach Jim
Boeheim should not be criticized.

Bobby Davis and Michael Lang say Fine abused them when they were ballboys in the 1980s. A third man, Zach Tomaselli, says Fine
abused him in 2002.

Fine denies the accusations.

Boeheim first defended his longtime assistant, saying the
accusers were out for money. When university fired Fine, Boeheim
said he only defended Fine based on what he knew at the time.

Victims' advocates called for Boeheim to resign or be fired.

Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick says
Boeheim isn't to blame because the coach didn't know about the


DA: Syracuse Abuse Scandal is Unlike Penn State's

Syracuse, NY (AP) - A district attorney says it's inaccurate
to make any comparison between the sex abuse scandal involving a
Syracuse University assistant basketball coach and the one at Penn

Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick said Wednesday that his investigation of sexual abuse claims against fired Syracuse assistant coach Bernie Fine found allegations credible but too old to prosecute.

Fine denies allegations that he abused two men in the 1980s and
another in 2002.

At Penn State, longtime football coach Joe Paterno was fired
Nov. 9 in the aftermath of child sex abuse charges against former
defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. The president also resigned.

At Syracuse, victim advocates have called for the resignation of
Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim. He says he's unaware of abuses
happening during his tenure.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Anonymous on Dec 8, 2011 at 06:30 AM
    The only difference I see is as of yet, there are not as many victims at Syracuse. Fine's wife has already ratted him, so his guilt should be a given. Hopefully, the Feds stay on it and he is charged since the State says the statute of limitations has passed. That law needs to be changed for sure. It should never be too late to charge someone for harming children - period.
  • by Boycott ESPN on Dec 7, 2011 at 10:35 PM
    The difference is Penn State- the school- covered up the facts, while ESPN- loaded with Syracuse grads- covered up this scandal.
  • by grady on Dec 7, 2011 at 08:07 PM
    and both are similar that it had nothing to do with either the penn state football program or the syracuse basketball program. both were actions by lunatics.
  • by Suzie on Dec 7, 2011 at 03:56 PM
    Unlike??? The similarities are clear. Both accused men were in postitions with access to "groom" young boys. Both men were looked up to in their community. Both were trusted by parents. Easy to compare Fine & Sandusky.
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