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Syracuse, Boeheim to be sued by Fine accusers

Posted on: December 13, 2011 12:23 pm
Edited on: December 13, 2011 5:26 pm
By Matt Norlander


The Bernie Fine case has now taken its predictable turn toward litigation.

Syracuse Rapid Reporter Thomas Casale filed a story Tuesday that stated Bobby Davis and Mike Lang, the two central figures in the sexual molestation allegations against the former Syracuse assistant coach, will sue Syracuse University.

Their attorney, Gloria Allred, is notable because she recently represented an alleged victim of Herman Cain's sexual harassment, as well as one of Tiger Woods' mistresses and Nicole Brown Simpson's family. Cain is no longer in the running for the President of the United States, so it's a splashy name to attach to this case. 

If possible, the case has become even more high-profile. Allred welcomes the spotlight and is one of the most notable, aggressive, PR-seeking attorneys in the country.

Jim Boeheim is also named in the defamation suit. And so the case heaves new life and a new angle. This is the tedious side of it, but we're still dealing with alleged victims of sexual assault, so the subject remains a sensitive one, even if lawyers will now begin to fill the words inside the quote marks of the news stories. You'll recall Boeheim originally was very vocal about how this was about money. He since recanted and apologized for those remarks.

Here's a snippet of what happened at today's press conference, via
"It really hurt me to learn that coach Jim Boeheim accused me of lying,” Davis said during the press conference. “For a long time, this was my worst fear, that if I did speak up against this person, that no one would ever believe me because of who Bernie was and how he was perceived in the public, as a great person who did so much for kids.

“Then I thought about other victims who might be willing to come forward, but who would see or hear coach Boeheim’s comments calling me a liar, worried that they would never be willing to speak up because coach Boeheim is a person who many kids and people in this community admire.”

Allred said she did not hear Boeheim’s later comments as an apology and his statements irreparably damaged her clients.

“The coach has seriously hurt my reputation,” Davis said. “But I want people to know the truth.”

Syracuse has not as of yet offered a comment in the wake of Tuesday's Allred/Davis/Lang press conference. Allred added, "It’s time now to make both Syracuse University and coach Boeheim accountable."

Photo: AP via ESPN


Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2011 11:55 pm

Syracuse, Boeheim to be sued by Fine accusers

Did you not read my post? They can't sue Fine because the statute of limitations on bringing a civil lawsuit on Fine has expired. If he is guilty, he has gone scott free. He can go crawl under a rock somewhere and enjoy his freedom.

Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: December 14, 2011 11:52 pm

Syracuse, Boeheim to be sued by Fine accusers

This is startting to sound like it's about MONEY!!

Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: December 14, 2011 11:16 pm

Syracuse, Boeheim to be sued by Fine accusers

Hookem the answer is simple. If you are looking for the biggest payday who do you sue, the man who molested you, ruined your life and has very limited resources? Or the coach of a basketball game that called you names and hurt you feelings, who has bigger bucks and who still works for Syracuse University, which btw allows you to include the University in the suit. Tough call, that is unless you are out for money.....

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2011 10:33 pm

Syracuse, Boeheim to be sued by Fine accusers

Why not sue Fine? Because the statute of limitations has expired for prosecution and for civil lawsuit. New york state law is archaic regarding statute of limitations and far behind the rest of the country. The catholic church lobbyists can be thanked for that. Hopefully no, New york will get there s*it together and join the rest of the country in the 21st century.

Since: Dec 23, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2011 8:39 pm

Syracuse, Boeheim to be sued by Fine accusers

Oh brother. You obviously have a very low standard for heroes.
 JB stood up to a thug that wanted to bring down not only the basketball program but the entire university... he stoood for his rights... just a you have yours but the best you ever did in your life is hide behind a computer..

Since: Dec 23, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2011 8:34 pm

Syracuse, Boeheim to be sued by Fine accusers

Jimmy B is now a real american hero... great coach,,.,, built a program from scratch... taught good values..graduates his players... and now stand up to a couple of amateur thugs. these two thugs have to hide behind an over the hill hack lawyer to get face time of tv.. well 15 minutes is about up... 

Go Cuse! Go Orange! 

Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: December 14, 2011 7:54 pm

Syracuse, Boeheim to be sued by Fine accusers

Hey Rockhead shouldn't you be puckering up kissing JB's a$$ right about now. When is it going to dawn on you that Jim Boeheim knows these guys??? DO YOU??? Perhaps it is his experience with these guys that led him to believe they were lying??? At this point in time, these guys have lost what little credibility they ever had (not much to me). I have no idea what Bernie Fine did or didn't do, but I have no doubt Jim Boeheim has already been proven right that these guys are all about money. How funny is it that their decision to file a lawsuit, may ultimately cost them a judgement in said lawsuit. As they have proved that Boeheim was right about one thing.

Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2011 5:22 pm

Syracuse, Boeheim to be sued by Fine accusers

CuseChild - So you are telling me that SyrABUSE doesn't have campus police like every major university does?  The victims came to University police at the time of the original crime and were laughed at because Boeheim and his staff were untouchable.  Then they went to city police and once again they were laughed at and denied justice because Boeheim and his staff were untouchable by a Police chief that just so happens to be a former SU basketball player.  Hello - cover up!

Since: Nov 6, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2011 3:55 pm

Syracuse, Boeheim to be sued by Fine accusers

I get dumber everytime i read your posts. there is no legal legal duty (criminal or civil) that requires SU  to investigate a crime that happened 10-15 years earlier or any crime for that matter. that is the job of the police not a private university.   

Since: Dec 12, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 2:51 pm

Syracuse, Boeheim to be sued by Fine accusers

Exactly right  Tomahaha, burden of proof is on the plaintiffs, going to be very hard.  If I were Boeheim I would fight this every step of the way, but probably will be settled out of court and these guys will get exactly what they wanted.

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