Two months have passed since former Syracuse ball boy Bobby Davis accused former Syracuse assistant men’s basketball coach Bernie Fine of molesting him in the 1980s. In that span, more accusers have stepped forward and then dismissed their allegations, continuing a troubling and perplexing saga in upstate New York.
The case took another strange turn this week when Davis filed an affidavit in his slander lawsuit against Syracuse University head men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim.
In the affidavit, Davis alleges Fine’s wife, Laurie Fine, had sex with several players, and that her sexual involvement with the team was openly known.
When Davis and his step-brother, Mike Lang, accused Fine of molesting them when they were boys in the 1980s and 90s, Boeheim was quick to vehemently defend his longtime assistant. At the time, Boeheim said Davis was using the media circus surrounding the unfolding sexual abuse scandal involving former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky to cash in. After a third accuser came forward in late November, Boeheim apologized for his remarks.
“He knew or purposefully chose to ignore Fine and his wife’s behavior,” Davis said in the affidavit. “He had every reason to know that I was telling the truth, but he instead lashed out at me and called me and my brother liars.”
In a 2002 recorded phone call released by ESPN in late November, Laurie Fine spoke with Davis about her knowledge of her husband’s alleged abuse. Fine later told ESPN that she had a sexual relationship with Davis when he was an 18-year-old senior in high school.
In an e-mail to the Associated Press, Laurie Fine’s lawyer, Edward Z. Menkin, refuted the claim.
“Only the news media can think that 20-year-old hearsay is newsworthy if it is salacious enough,” Edward Z. Menkin said in an email to The Associated Press. “This is both desperate and disgusting, an example of an irresponsible and unprofessional lawyer flailing about to keep a dying lawsuit in the public eye.”
Davis, 40, and Lang have accused Fine of molesting them in the 1980s. An attorney for Zach Tomaselli, a 23-year-old from Lewiston, Maine, dismissed his lawsuit against Fine after Tomaselli told the Post-Standard of Syracuse that he altered email correspondence with Syracuse police regarding his claims that Fine molested him.
Last week, Boeheim and the university requested the defamation suit be moved from New York City to Onodaga County, because that is where the parties involve reside. The lawyers for Davis and Lang claimed they would not receive a fair trial in Onondaga County due to the local Syracuse basketball fanbase.
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