Bernie Fine, a long-time assistant basketball coach at Syracuse University, has been accused by two former ball boys of sexual molestation, but Fine's boss says the accusers are lying.
The two men, now adults, say the abuse took place from the late 1970s into the early 1990s, but the accusations were not made public until 2003. Both men were interviewed by ESPN's Outside The Lines, on Thursday with one saying he was inspired to come forward after seeing news coverage of the Penn State scandal. Fine's boss, Hall-of-Fame head coach Jim Boeheim, says the two men are liars who saw the coverage Penn State scandal and are just looking for money.
The first alleged victim, Bobby Davis, contacted Syracuse about the abuse in 2005 and a university spokesperson says that they did a full investigation and found no evidence to corroborate his story. According to the school, Davis gave them the names of four people who could support his claim and they all denied having any knowledge of the abuse. ESPN says that they also interviewed Davis in 2003, but could also not confirm any of his story and decided not to run it. Davis says that he contacted police at that same time, but they told him that the statute of limitations had run out and they would need evidence of current abuse to launch an investigation. Davis was a ball boy for the basketball team for six years in the 1980s.