In regards to the concurrent child molestation investigations, Syracuse is not Penn State, and Jim Boeheim is not Joe Paterno. However, the evidence emerging today from the wife of the accused, Bernie Fine brings the two cases of the two programs a little closer.
You know about the charges against Fine; and how strongly Boeheim defended him.
Now things are about to get much worse for the Orange college basketball program.
In a tape-recorded 2002 telephone conversation, Fine’s wife admitted she had concerns that her husband sexually molested a team ball boy in their actual home, but said she felt powerless to stop it.
Bobby Davis, Fine’s public molestation accuser, said he started molesting him in the seventh grade, and this was described in a phone call to Laurie Fine he legally recorded on October 8th, 2002.
According to ESPN Outside the Lines:
“I know everything that went on, you know,” Laurie Fine said on the call, obtained by Outside the Lines from Davis. “I know everything that went on with him … Bernie has issues, maybe that he’s not aware of, but he has issues … And you trusted somebody you shouldn’t have trusted … ”
She continued: “Bernie is also in denial. I think that he did the things he did, but he’s somehow through his own mental telepathy has erased them out of his mind.”
ESPN has tried to reach Laurie and Bernie Fine for comment at their home and through Bernie Fine’s attorney for the past week and a half. Neither the Fines nor Bernie Fine’s attorney have responded.
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