Former Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine has been accused of molesting several young boys during his tenure at the school, but the Fine family may have been doing more damage than initially thought.
According to reports, Bobby Davis claimed he heard Laurie Fine, the wife of Bernie, speak of having sexual relationships with basketball players while her husband was an SU coach. He also claims to have heard players talk about relationships with Mrs. Fine as well.
Davis said that he drove the coach’s wife around and heard her talking about sex with student-athletes.
"I believe Boeheim deliberately chose to ignore what he knew was improper behavior, or actually knew precisely what was happening and did nothing to intervene," Davis said in the affidavit.
"It is not only Fine’s relationship with me and other boys that would have tipped Boeheim off. For years, Bernie Fine’s wife Laurie Fine had sexual relationships with basketball team players. Players used to talk openly about it as a known fact."
If these latest allegations against Mrs. Fine come to fruition as the truth, she will have done even more damage.
While Laurie Fine was not breaking the law if these young men were 18 years old, that doesn’t make it right. She was a married woman allegedly using her husband’s status and the sexual eagerness of the student-athletes to take advantage. It may not be criminal, but it’s definitely immoral.
This shows just how bad things at Syracuse could have been if these reports are verified, and Jim Boeheim needs to step down. If Joe Paterno had to be fired for what he did, there is no way that Syracuse can buy Boeheim’s story of knowing nothing.
Ignorance isn’t an excuse.
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