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Boeheim all-in with Fine, for better or worse

Posted on: November 18, 2011 3:30 pm
Edited on: November 18, 2011 4:05 pm
By Gary Parrish

Jim Boeheim better hope these allegations aren't true.

Not necessarily for Bernie Fine's case.

For his own.

Because it's one thing to come out and strongly deny that you ever walked into a hotel room and saw your 35-year assistant with a young boy. And it's one thing to insist you never had any reason to think your longtime friend was molesting children. But it's quite another to attack the alleged victims, to call them liars and suggest they're simply after cash, and by doing so Boeheim has raised the stakes on this case.

"I believe they are looking for money," Boeheim told ESPN. "I believe they saw what happened at Penn State and they are using ESPN to get money. That is what I believe. You want to put that on the air? Put that on the air."

With those words, Boeheim pushed all-in.

If these allegations are ever substantiated -- if the Syracuse Police Department ever has enough proof to charge Fine with a crime -- the iconic coach will seem really foolish for attacking two men who would, at that point, look like brave souls for speaking up and bringing down another pedophile in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State, and Boeheim might just pay with his job and legacy.

Bottom line, Jim Boeheim bet his reputation on Bernie Fine.

He didn't have to do it.

He didn't have to go that far.

But he did.

And he'd better be right.

Or else.

Since: Feb 24, 2009
Posted on: November 28, 2011 3:54 pm

Boeheim all-in with Fine, for better or worse

Gary, you have always been one of the bigger a$$ holes on this site. Wishing a guy that you don't like to get fired for dumb comments... That's what readers at CBS do every day when u put up an article. Get a clue buddy, you have no grounds whatsoever to call for anybody's firing.

Since: Nov 28, 2011
Posted on: November 28, 2011 12:01 pm

Boeheim all-in with Fine, for better or worse

Jim Boeheim might have been a little quick to speak at first. But to say that he should be fired is ludicrous. When it was mentioned that the coach saw Bernie Fine and the Accuser in the room. Don't you think that the accuser  would have mentioned what they were doing at the time and if it was a criminal act, then the should have said something then. There doesn't seem to be anything that points that Jim Boeheim was involved in any of this. This  is all Bernie Fine and the accuser. Bernie Fine's wife would be a person who should validate the Tape and explain herself for the behavior and situation that occurred. The incidents seem to have happened off campus and should be looked at as well. This shouldn't be a Syracuse University matter other than Bernie Fine being employed. The Statue of limitations (5 years) is unfair , especially if the accuser doesn't come out  or speak after the 5 yr timeframe. This only give the perpetrator time to sit back and go free after the time is up. This needs to be changed immediately (District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick). This situation is totally different than Penn State.  Jim Beoheim reputation will be tarnished along with the University. But, Coach Boeheim and the University will come back even stronger with the emphasis on academics and still being a force in collegiate sports.  I support Coach Beoheim and do the right thing. Let the courts decide what is to be done and stop jumping to a decision without giving someone a chance to defend themselve..  We live in America.  Thank you.  Go Orange.

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: November 28, 2011 11:32 am

Boeheim all-in with Fine, for better or worse

Jim Boeheim better hope that the charges are not true.  If they are, he has legal culpability here.  By attacking the witnesses in this case, he runs the risk of being charged with witness intimidation, obstruction of justice, and under New York law complicit with the crime.  For example, if an organized crime syndacit killed someone and the head of the family -- not the one who pulled the trigger or even knew of the crime -- threatens the witness in the case by any means then the head of the family can be charged with murder. 

Worse yet, Boeheim openned the entire Syracuse University up to both criminal and civil lawsuits for workplace hazzards on down to possible sex trafficking charges should individuals in the employment of the school -- whether paid or otherwise -- were kept on staff for sexual acts.  That is a Federal crime and Boeheim would have to fend off local, state, and Federal charges.  Along with the University who would have local, state, and Federal investigators on campus checking all sorts of actions.  The best scenario for the College is to blame the entire matter on Fine and fire Boeheim for his remarks.  Otherwise, the University could find itself literally in bed with Boeheim for the life of this.  Paying off Boeheim is cheaper than the alternative if the charges are in fact proven false...After all, as Jim Boeheim says, "Its all about the money."

Since: Jan 18, 2010
Posted on: November 28, 2011 4:41 am

Boeheim all-in with Fine, for better or worse

Parrish you called this one right.  Boeheim crossed the line when he goes out to intimidate innocent victims.  I listened to Bernie's wife and immediately knew that Bernie is "Guilty as Charged".  Why would his wife lie?  Bernie has been a meal ticket worth hanging on to even in a disfunctional marriage for the last 10 years.  She knew what was going on.  Does not matter what JB did or did not know.  He abused his power as a folk hero on this one.  Ran hia big mouth one too many times!!!

Since: Apr 27, 2007
Posted on: November 27, 2011 10:31 pm

Boeheim all-in with Fine, for better or worse

Yes its time for him to go too, as he too thinks he and his program are above all else by just saying the accusers are just out for money! What money, its a crime Boeheim and now youre just as complict as Joe Pa was by standing up and saying that money comment was all they wanted!

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: November 27, 2011 10:02 pm

Boeheim Must Not Be Permitted To Resign

Jim Boeheim must be fired. He cannot be permitted to resign. This Bernie Fine stuff is not news. The first investigation by Syracuse was in 2005, SEVEN years ago! Syracuse legal counsel advised the university to lay low, and they did. Jim Boeheim should have stood up back then, and removed Bernie from his staff...period. Men don't get accused of child molestation for no good reason. There was more than enough evidence in the 2005 case to come to the reasonable conclusion that something was wrong in the Fine household. Married men don't have rooms in their basement for ball boys to to "sleep over". There were red lights flashing all around Bernie Fine, yet Jim Boeheim chose to look the other way. And even today, Jim is still dow with Bernie. Bad choice Jimmy. Bad choice. Game over. Your outta here.

Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: November 27, 2011 9:50 pm

Boeheim all-in with Fine, for better or worse

Boeheim should walk.

If he refuses, then he should be pushed; nay --shoved.

Since: Dec 20, 2009
Posted on: November 27, 2011 9:30 pm

Boeheim all-in with Fine, for better or worse

That's the problem w/ high profile coaches like Boeheim - I respect him for defending his coach but he should understand as a tenured professional not to comment on an ongoing investigation.  Especially as indicated in this article go after the victims - this right here is what prevents other people from coming out as they will be ridiculed in public as they have an agenda for going public - its a shameful thing Boeheim did to prevent people in the future from coming out against alleged pedofiles like Fine.  

Great article by the way - it's good to see people call the coaching 'untouchables' out when they do something wrong.   Well done Parrish - I normally don't like your articles where you inflame controversy but you're spot on in this one.   

Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: November 27, 2011 9:22 pm

Boeheim all-in with Fine, for better or worse

tyks44, you are a huge dumbass.  Before this coming week is over, Boeheim will be gone.

Since: Jul 16, 2008
Posted on: November 27, 2011 9:15 pm

Boeheim all-in with Fine, for better or worse

Parrish is absolutely right. With a 3rd accuser surfacing and Syracuse firing Fine, Jim Boeheim is starting to look like an @ss if nothing else.

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