Everything You Need To Know About The Syracuse Basketball Sex Abuse Scandal

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Much like the investigation into the sex abuse scandal at Penn State university, things unravelled very quickly for Syracuse University and assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine.But the case was years in the making.

It’s taken a few strange twists, and today the Syracuse DA said charges could not be pressed because they are beyond the statute of limitations.

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title=”In 1976, Jim Boeheim was hired as head basketball coach at Syracuse University”
content=”Jim Boeheim was promoted to head coach after serving as an assistant coach for seven years.”
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title=”Jim Boeheim then hired Bernie Fine as an assistant coach”
content=”Fine had previously served as a high school basketball coach. In addition to Fine, Boeheim also hired Rick Pitino as an assistant coach.”
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title=”Bobby Davis alleges that Bernie Fine began molesting him in 1984″
content=”Bobby Davis claims he was first molested by Bernie Fine in 1984, before entering the seventh grade.”
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title=”Davis also claims he was molested at the Final Four in 1987″
content=”Bobby Davis was a Syracuse ball boy from 1984-1989. Davis claims the abuse occurred at Fine’s house, and on road trips, including Syracuse’s trip to the 1987 Final Four.”
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title=”In 2000, Bernie Fine was demoted by Jim Boeheim”
content=”After the team struggled to land top recruits for several years, Jim Boeheim changed Bernie Fine’s role. Fine was no longer a recruiter. Rather, his new duties included running Boeheim’s basketball camps. Boeheim even stopped recommending Fine for head coaching positions.”
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title=”In 2002, Bobby Davis took his story to the Syracuse Police”
content=”Bobby Davis went to the Syracuse Police in 2002 but was told the Statute of Limitations had already run out.”
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title=”Later in 2002, Bobby Davis approached the local and nationals media”
content=”After getting nowhere with the police, Bobby Davis then approached the Syracuse Post-Standard and ESPN. Both parties declined to run the story because they could not get a second source to corroborate the story.”
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title=”In 2003, Davis secretly records a phone conversation with Bernie Fine’s wife”
content=”During a phone conversation between Bobby Davis and Laurie Fine, Fine appears to confirm the allegations of sexual abuse by her husband, noting that he ‘has issues,’ thinks he is ‘above the law,’ and that there ‘might have been others.’ ESPN and the Post-Standard do not report the phone conversation because they cannot verify the tape. They also do not pass the tape off to the police, or to Syracuse University, the latter of which might have been able to verify the tape.”
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title=”In 2005, Syracuse University launched their own investigation”
content=”Syracuse University launched their own four-month long investigation in 2005. The university was unable to find any evidence to support the claims of Bobby Davis and closed the case. However, the university’s board of trustees were never informed of the investigation.”
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title=”In 2007, Boeheim named Mike Hopkins as his heir-apparent, and not Fines”
content=”This apparently strained the relationship between Bernie Fine and Jim Boeheim even further.”
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title=”On November 17th of this year, ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” airs the molestation accusations”
content=”Bobby Davis and his step-brother appeared on ‘Outside the Lines’ claiming that Bernie Fine molested them for decades.”
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title=”On November 18, Jim Boeheim vehemently defends Bernie Fine”
content=”Jim Boeheim: “This is alleged to have occurred … what? 20 years ago?…So we are supposed to what? Stop the presses 26 years later? For a false allegation? For what I absolutely believe is a false allegation? I know [the accuser is] lying about me seeing him in his hotel room. That’s a lie. If he’s going to tell one lie, I’m sure there’s a few more of them…The Penn State thing came out and the kid behind this is trying to get money. He’s tried before. And now he’s trying again. If he gets this, he’s going to sue the university and Bernie…That’s what this is about. Money.””
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title=”On November 27, Bernie Fine was fired after his wife’s taped phone conversation is aired on ESPN”
content=”Eight years after receiving the taped phone conversation between Laurie Fine and Bobby Davis, ESPN finally has somebody verify the voice on the tape as belonging to Laurie Fine. The tape is then aired during an episode of ‘Outside the Lines.’ Bernie Fine was fired later that day.”
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title=”On December 2, Jim Boeheim apologizes for his previous comments”
content=”Jim Boeheim: “I believe I misspoke very badly in my response to the allegations that have been made…I shouldn’t have questioned what the accusers expressed or their motives. I am really sorry that I did that, and I regret any harm that I caused. It was insensitive to the individuals involved and especially to the overall issue of child abuse…I’m sorry.'”
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title=”Earlier today, the District Attorney announced that no charges will be filed”
content=”The District Attorney announced today that the accusers are ‘credible’ but that no charges will be filed against Bernie Fine due to the expiration of the statute of limitations. The DA also accused Syracuse University of doing an ‘inadequate’ investigation.”
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title=”Now check out how quickly things unravelled for these other sports figures”
content=”Joe Paterno And The Quickest, Most Shocking Falls From Grace In Sports History
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