Bernie Fine Scandal: Wife Laurie Will Reportedly File Libel Lawsuit Against ESPN

Wes ODonnellFeatured ColumnistMay 16, 2012

NEW YORK - MARCH 12: Assistant coach Bernie Fine of the Syracuse Orange looks on from the sidelines during their game against the Connecticut Huskies during the quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 12, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The Bernie Fine scandal has been odd from the get-go, but today it will reportedly take another twist.

Laurie Fine, the wife of the former Syracuse assistant basketball coach, is set to file a lawsuit against ESPN.

According to John O'Brien of the Post-Standard

Laurie Fine will announce this morning that she's filing a federal libel lawsuit against ESPN over its reporting of child-molesting accusations against her husband ... Fine's lawyers provided the 44-page lawsuit to The Post-Standard this morning ... The lawsuit accuses ESPN, reporter Mark Schwarz and producer Arty Berko, of irresponsibly reporting the allegations against Bernie Fine and taking Laurie Fine's words out of context to cast her in a false light.

You can see the full, 44-page lawsuit here.

Fine's scandal broke shortly after the Penn State scandal involving assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. 

Laurie Fine is reportedly accusing ESPN of trying to "capitalize financially" on her husband's situation in the wake of the media surrounding the Penn State case.

The lawsuit is quite complicated because Laurie Fine will have to prove ESPN published false information about her or used "gross irresponsibility."

The level of proof also depends on whether or not she's deemed a public figure.

This lawsuit is just the start of what is sure to be a long process. It will be filed in Syracuse federal court in the coming days.