The Syracuse Orange are undefeated and now the new #1 team in all of college basketball; but they have much bigger problems right now that transcend hoops. As they win on the basketball court, they have some new battles to fight in the legal court.
Two men who claim they were molested by Bernie Fine have sued the school and coach Jim Boeheim for defamation. The lawsuit comes from former Syracuse ball boys Bobby Davis and Mike Lang, who allege that asst. coach Fine, who’s been by Boeheim’s side since 1976.
Fine has since been fired and denied the allegations.
According to the AP:
The U.S. attorney’s office is investigating.
Attorney Gloria Allred said at a news conference Tuesday afternoon in New York City that the two men filed a lawsuit Tuesday morning in New York State Supreme Court.
Davis was a ball boy for the team in the 1980s; Lang is his stepbrother.
“It really hurt me to learn coach Boeheim had accused me of lying,” Davis said.
Allred said after repeatedly telling the world that Davis and Lang were liars, it’s time for the university and Boeheim to be held accountable.
Boeheim initially drew a lot of criticism for his reflex type response when news of the allegations against Fine broke. He vehemently denied the credibility of the charges and verbally attacked those making the accusations. It appears he could potentially pay for those snap judgments and harsh remarks.
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