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Bernie Fine Scandal: Laurie Fine To Make Statement, Claims Tape Was Doctored

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterNovember 28, 2011

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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For a couple weeks, it was unclear how the Bernie Fine story would play out. With news that he has been fired by Syracuse, it is now certain that this scandal is about to unfold in tragic ways. 

At some point, I will have faith restored in humanity. That time is far from now. It's unfair to lump the Bernie Fine story in with Jerry Sandusky's scandal. Both cases must be handled separately to do justice to the victims that allegedly suffered. 

Another reason is that we still have no clue how valid the allegations are against Bernie Fine. With Sandusky, we have the complement of a grand jury statement of fact along with a myriad of incrementing facts.

When it comes to Fine, we have a bunch of grey area that needs to be sifted through to get to the heart of it all. The latest allegation is that a tape containing the voice of Fine's wife Laurie surfaced.

An expert has concluded that the voice of a woman proclaiming, "Bernie has issues ... and you trusted somebody you shouldn't," was indeed Laurie. However, Laurie Fine is about to come forward to contend the tape was doctored and taken out of context. 

CNN reports the tape that allegedly takes place between one of the victims, Bobby Davis, and Laurie Fine is being disputed by the long-time Syracuse assistant coach. 

The Post-Standard was given the tapes back in 2002 when they were recorded. The report asserts the following: 

Davis provided the recording to the Post-Standard soon after it was recorded, but the newspaper then declined to report on it because it couldn't find "witnesses, enough corroborating evidence or a second accuser."

Laurie Fine, at the time suggested to the Post-Standard that Davis had taped her on multiple occasions and edited the recordings to make them appear more inflammatory.

So far, the family, including Laurie, are standing behind Bernie Fine as he faces some of the worst allegations. It seems they are the rare few that continue to stand behind a man that is increasingly getting doused with far too many incrementing shards.

Even Jim Boeheim, his friend and head coach, changed his tune from fully confident in Fine's innocence to shock and dismay. He told reporters: 

The allegations that have come forth today are disturbing and deeply troubling. I am personally very shocked because I have never witnessed any of the activities that have been alleged. I believe the university took the appropriate step tonight. 

With yet another victim coming forward, it's clear that this scandal has a lot more weight to it than previously thought. It's important to remember that no charges have yet been brought.

That being said, the court of public opinion seems ready to convict Fine and anyone that remains close to him.

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