Former Syracuse ball boy alleges sexual abuse by assistant coach Bernie Fine

Former Syracuse ball boy alleges sexual abuse by assistant coach

11/17/11 in NCAABB   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

The Penn State sex scandal may just be the tip of the iceberg. Today Outside The Line released a disturbing story about years of alleged sexual abuse by longtime Syracuse basketball assistant Bernie Fine. Fine is in his 35th year as Jim Boeheim's assistant, and is currently the team's associate head coach.

There are at least two alleged victims, and one of them, Bobby Davis, now 39, says that Fine began abusing him in 1983 and did so for years, including at the Syracuse team facility, at Fine's home and at the 1987 Final Four.

The report also states that Syracuse police are looking into the allegations.

Syracuse has yet to respond to the allegations, according to the repot. 

What makes this even more disturbing is that the boy reportedly reported the abuse in 2003, but was told by a detective that the statute of limitations had expired. The report also states that boy claims to have been abused until the age of 27.

Davis reportedly said that he never told Boeheim about the assaults.

Hopefully these two nightmare incidents don't prove to be a sick, sick trend in sports. Unfortunately they could be, and it could mean a sorry end for a few legendary coaches. 
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11/18/11   |   janet011685   |   25874 respect

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so was he considered the Ball Boy before or after the abuse? just sayin.....

From my brain, to your mouth, to God's ears.  *sigh*

11/18/11   |   italysqueenie   |   1278 respect

Scott wrote:
 The Sandusky revelations have opened up some old closets of horrors elsewhere.  I expect more and more of these "revelations" in the coming months.  This is going to get much worse before it gets "better".

Seriously.....What has this world come too? A bunch of sick old men preying on boys...

11/18/11   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

jesus, start checking these pedophiles computer prior to hiring, or show pics of little kids and see if they get aroused, the NCAA has been a joke for years now and their prorities continue to crumble.  

11/18/11   |   Scott   |   51950 respect

 The Sandusky revelations have opened up some old closets of horrors elsewhere.  I expect more and more of these "revelations" in the coming months.  This is going to get much worse before it gets "better".

11/17/11   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

 Also, the team later said that it put Fine on administrative leave.

11/17/11   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

UPDATE: Syracuse's statement, from Senior VP of Public Affairs Kevin Quinn:

"In 2005, Syracuse University was contacted by an adult male who told us that he had reported to the Syracuse City Police that he had been subjected to inappropriate contact by an associate men's basketball coach. The alleged activity took place in the 1980's and 1990's. We were informed by the complainant that the Syracuse City Police had declined to pursue the matter because the statute of limitations had expired.


"On hearing of the allegations in 2005, the University immediately launched its own comprehensive investigation through its legal counsel. That nearly four-month long investigation included a number of interviews with people the complainant said would support his claims. All of those identified by the complainant denied any knowledge of wrongful conduct by the associate coach. The associate coach also vehemently denied the allegations.

"Syracuse University takes any allegation of this sort extremely seriously and has zero tolerance for abuse of any kind. If any evidence or corroboration of the allegations had surfaced, we would have terminated the associated coach and reported it to the police immediately. We understand that the Syracuse City Police has now reopened the case, and Syracuse University will cooperate fully. We are steadfastly committed ensuring that SU remains a safe place for every member of our campus community."