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Syracuse and Jim Boeheim

Posted on: January 16, 2012 2:57 pm

Floyd VanHooser, 1 of 4 men who accused former Syracuse assistant coach Bernie Fine, has admitted to making a false claim. Some have said this helps the image of Jim Boeheim after some in the media who said he should be fired for comments he made about the accusers. But I disagree. What Jim Boeheim did with his statements was unforgivable. Here is what he said

"I have known Bernie Fine for more than 40 years. I have never seen or witnessed anything to suggest that he would been involved in any of the activities alleged. This matter was fully investigated by the University in 2005 and it was determined that the allegations were unfounded. ... Had I seen or suspected anything, I would have taken action. Bernie has my full support. The Penn State thing came out, and the kid behind this is trying to get money."

That last part is obviously the transgression here. To his credit he and Syracuse issued statements apologizing for those remarks but frankly it is not enough. So in my humble opinion, even if every accuser comes out and admits to lying it does not safe him my eyes. This is such a serious issue, something that plagues are society on many levels and for our country has done its best to ignore it or look the other way. What Boeheim did was tear at the fabric of decency. We have to give these supposed victims some benefit of the doubt; just as in the court of law we give the benefit of the doubt to the accused. Innocent until proven guilty. It works both ways. If we give the accused the benefit of the doubt in the court rooms and our justice system is assumed (a truly big assumption actually) then we must give our due diligence to accusers. Our system is set up to prove that they our innocent. So let the justice system do its job. Instead of calling an accuser(s) a liar let the justice system prove or disprove the accusations. That is why Jim Boeheim should have been fired. That is why no matter what Syracuse does this year(currently 19-0) it won’t matter. Anything they achieve this year will be undone. All victims of sex abuse are affected by Boeheim's words. This story has died down in the last two months as Syracuse has gone on their undefeated run but for me I have a hard time watching college basketball, no matter how good the play is on the court.

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