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Third accuser admits to lying about Bernie Fine

Posted on: January 20, 2012 2:56 pm

By Jeff Borzello

Zach Tomaselli, the third accuser in the Bernie Fine case, has admitted he falsified emails that he sent to the Syracuse Post-Standard and The Daily Orange.

Tomaselli also plans to ask Syracuse police to end its child molestation investigation of Fine. However, he maintains that Fine did molest him.

“But he did do it,” Tomaselli told the Daily Orange. “I’m not lying.”

Tomaselli said he doctored emails in order to garner more support for his accusations, and so more news outlets would report on them. He also said he did it to “counterattack” comments from Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick.

According to the Post Standard, Syracuse police used information from Tomaselli to obtain a search warrant for Fine’s house on November 25.

Tomaselli is expected to be sentenced to prison in February for sexually abusing a teenage boy. He also said he would drop the civil suit he filed against Fine.

He is the second accuser to recant at least part of his story. Last week, Floyd VanHooser said he lied in accusations and that Fine never abused him as a child. VanHooser was the fourth accuser in the Fine case.

Fine was an assistant coach at Syracuse for 36 years before being fired on November 27.


Since: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2012 11:14 pm

Third accuser admits to lying about Bernie Fine

Exactly so, USMeagle. Bernie Fine is gay and, like you, I believe he had a sexual relationship with at least two of the four accusers. A consensual sexual relationship between adults.

But, because of his position as a coach and our society's Puritanical attitudes about sex (and worse attitudes about gays), Fine was a prime candidate for extortion -- in order to keep himself in the closet, he had to pay off the accusers. And when he stopped paying, they let loose the accusations. And the law suits flow.

As for the tape of Mrs Fine, all she is saying when she says "I know what was going on" is that Bernie is gay. Not that he's a molester. She never, ever, uses the word "molester" or "underage". She's just knicked off because her husband is doing it with the guys. And, by the way, she's doing it with them (or at least one of them) too. Some character witness she.

Story is now officially over. Eldred will get her 40 percent. The initial accusers will get a few pennies. And accuser #3 and #4 will get the jail time they deserve for their crimes. Done.... oh, except, Mrs. Fine. She comes across a bit worse than the Wicked Witch of the West. She's probably the worst of the lot.

Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 9:28 pm

Third accuser admits to lying about Bernie Fine

Schedule strength is 5th per CBS Sports.  Can you clarify your logic if there is any?

Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 9:25 pm

Third accuser admits to lying about Bernie Fine

Maybe they will finally have a close game.  Schedule strength isn't the greatest, but no one has come close to beating them.  Not close at all.

Since: Mar 11, 2007
Posted on: January 20, 2012 8:57 pm

Third accuser admits to lying about Bernie Fine

that zone defense will do the same job that it did in 2003 against all those "inferior teams" in the NCAA's that year.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 8:51 pm

Third accuser admits to lying about Bernie Fine

Yes, that zone defense does work well against inferior teams. Wonder how a team that is 319th in offensive rebounding will do when the talent isn't inferior. We don't know because Boeheim won't schedule anyone, and the Big East is not the league it was a year ago. Enjoy the win streak, Orange. I really think you're in for a surprise when you finally play someone.

Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 8:30 pm

Third accuser admits to lying about Bernie Fine

So we're down to 2 victims. Two brothers who had an incriminating tape for years that they turned over to...ESPN? And since the S of L has passed, unless someone else comes forward, Bernie Fine never gets charged. Then we move to the Civil $uit...where the accusers' famous lawyer will do everything she can to get a settlement. (If you've served on a jury, you've spent more time in a courtroom than Ms Alred.) Connecting the dots here, I think this story's pretty much run its course...other than some posturing and a settlement announcement.

No one-other than those who were there-are ever going to know what happened. And for that I'm thankful. At best something very sordid went on. At worst...

But end of day we're left with the original two guys...who can't prove anything...and who hired America's biggest bloodsucker to represent them in their Civil case. Pretty much what Jim Boeheim said. (Minus the liar thing...which was totally over the top.) Don't believe for a second that Jimmy B knew anything about this or this would have ended a long time ago.

And those of you who grabbed your torches and pitchforks, joining the crazed mob, calling for Boeheim's job...Coach will accept your apologies whenever you're ready!

PS-Thanks for giving this team a little extra motivation. I'd say that's worked out pretty well for them so far.


Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: January 20, 2012 8:09 pm
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Since: Jun 22, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2012 7:50 pm

Third accuser admits to lying about Bernie Fine

but something substantial needs to be done, so that the next time someone attempts this they will remember the penalty that everyone involved had to pay.
I would think and hope that Fine would be able to sue these people into oblivion in civil court if they made up allegations of sexual abuse.

Since: Dec 15, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 7:31 pm

Third accuser admits to lying about Bernie Fine

Couldn't have said it better JERSEYYANK....CUSE is ROLLIN over opponents and is poised to start with the BEST record in BIG EAST history....Bernie WAS the guy that worked with the BIG MEN....Rony Seikaly,Derrick Coleman,Etan Thomas...just to name a few who PLAYED in the NBA.It's a TERRIBLE shame that he didn't get to TEACH FAB MELO for a couple more years.......Unfortunately...Ya can't go back....At least CUSE is rollin and rollin and STILL #1 in the country in ALL polls with the most depth in CBB...AGAIN JERSEYYANK said it all...I just added my knowledge of Bernie and his roll for 36 YRS.Thanks for listening.

Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2012 7:15 pm

Third accuser admits to lying about Bernie Fine

Ah, RinTin, coming to the defense of those that cannot, how noble of you. If you really can read, then you'll see that my posts do not ramble on and on and on like Mr. Eagle, those are truly rants. If you can't tell the difference, then I feel sorry for you. Good luck.

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