Tag:Bobby Davis
Posted on: December 13, 2011 12:23 pm
Edited on: December 13, 2011 5:26 pm

Syracuse, Boeheim to be sued by Fine accusers

By Matt Norlander


The Bernie Fine case has now taken its predictable turn toward litigation.

Syracuse Rapid Reporter Thomas Casale filed a story Tuesday that stated Bobby Davis and Mike Lang, the two central figures in the sexual molestation allegations against the former Syracuse assistant coach, will sue Syracuse University.

Their attorney, Gloria Allred, is notable because she recently represented an alleged victim of Herman Cain's sexual harassment, as well as one of Tiger Woods' mistresses and Nicole Brown Simpson's family. Cain is no longer in the running for the President of the United States, so it's a splashy name to attach to this case. 

If possible, the case has become even more high-profile. Allred welcomes the spotlight and is one of the most notable, aggressive, PR-seeking attorneys in the country.

Jim Boeheim is also named in the defamation suit. And so the case heaves new life and a new angle. This is the tedious side of it, but we're still dealing with alleged victims of sexual assault, so the subject remains a sensitive one, even if lawyers will now begin to fill the words inside the quote marks of the news stories. You'll recall Boeheim originally was very vocal about how this was about money. He since recanted and apologized for those remarks.

Here's a snippet of what happened at today's press conference, via Syracuse.com:
"It really hurt me to learn that coach Jim Boeheim accused me of lying,” Davis said during the press conference. “For a long time, this was my worst fear, that if I did speak up against this person, that no one would ever believe me because of who Bernie was and how he was perceived in the public, as a great person who did so much for kids.

“Then I thought about other victims who might be willing to come forward, but who would see or hear coach Boeheim’s comments calling me a liar, worried that they would never be willing to speak up because coach Boeheim is a person who many kids and people in this community admire.”

Allred said she did not hear Boeheim’s later comments as an apology and his statements irreparably damaged her clients.

“The coach has seriously hurt my reputation,” Davis said. “But I want people to know the truth.”

Syracuse has not as of yet offered a comment in the wake of Tuesday's Allred/Davis/Lang press conference. Allred added, "It’s time now to make both Syracuse University and coach Boeheim accountable."

Photo: AP via ESPN

Posted on: December 2, 2011 9:37 am

Podcast: Seth Davis makes his return

By Matt Norlander

It is my honor to welcome back on to the podcast CBS/Sports Illustrated's Seth Davis, who was on this back when it was the College Hoops Journal Podcast. Seth is one of the classiest guys in the business; a true treat to have him come on.

I want to mention: today's podcast is a little "hot" here and there on Seth's end. Normally I record these podcasts Skype to Skype, but we did this one via Seth's house phone line, and I had no idea until after the call was done that his levels were so harsh at some points, so forgive the audio since it's not as smooth as it normally is. I'll make sure Seth boots up his Skype account for his next appearance.

Seth writes a weekly Hoop Thoughts column that I can't recommend enough, and you can also follow him on Twitter. Loved having him on, and will aim to get him back on in January and February as well.

The rundown:
  • From the beginning: One more time, with gusto: the Syracuse story. I can't recommend this part of the podcast enough. Seth and I have a respectable, intelligent (on his end) debate over morals and ethics with this story. It's about 14 minutes long, and I think is the first time I've ever really butted heads with someone on the podcast.
  • 14:45: Jim Boeheim's legacy and future.
  • 16:50: Ohio State, the fact Aaron Craft as the best point guard in the country, which Seth stated in his most recent column (linked above).
  • 19:39: What does Deshaun Thomas do for Ohio State if he becomes the offense force he's flashed himself to be?
  • 22:00: Seth's pick for best freshman so far. You won't see it coming.
  • 24:10: Seth will be at Vandy-Louisville before UNC-UK, so we touch on that one first.
  • 26:52: Here's the juicy part: Carolina-Kentucky talk. We close out the podcast talking this big game, and why Seth disagrees with my UK-will-win-by-double-digits prediction.

You can listen to the CBSSports.com College Basketball Podcast every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The podcasts go up here and on iTunes. The Wednesday show is dedicated to keeping the egos of CBSSports.com national writers Jeff Goodman and Gary Parrish inflated. Mondays and Fridays are for the real people to come on. Here's the iTunes link. We also have an RSS feed for you to track. If you're still going strong and hanging on to a Zune, then, yes, you can listen on that as well.

Posted on: November 28, 2011 9:00 am
Edited on: November 28, 2011 9:08 am

Podcast: Examining new info with the Fine story

By Matt Norlander

Associate basketball head coach Bernie Fine was fired by Syracuse Sunday after a third victim came forward and alleged he'd been sexually molested by Fine.

Now plenty want Jim Boeheim gone too, after his initial statements dismissed any allegations, calling the alleged victims "liars" out for a payday. USA Today reporter Nicole Auerbach -- who covered the Penn State story recently -- comes on the podcast to discuss the latest with what's happening at Syracuse.

It's Nicole's first appearance, and we don't spend the whole time talking Syracuse. You want to hear about hoops on the court? We cover that, too. Carolina, UConn lost, and that's addressed, plus the big week ahead, driven by the huge UNC-UK game Saturday and the Big Ten-ACC Challenge Tuesday and Wednesday.

The rundown:
  • From the beginning: We get to the Syracuse stuff right away, and it takes up the first 40 percent of the podcast. Nicole and I discuss how it is similar and different (from a news perspective and how we react and cover) to the Penn State story, which Nicole was in the middle of earlier this month.
  • 13:50: Per usual with first-time guests, I let Nicole tell us how she got to where she is, and what she does. She's a fast-riser on Twitter, primarily because she has the info before anyone else on the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll.
  • 17:36: That UNC loss to UNLV, the story that would be the huge college basketball story today if not for the Fine saga.
  • 21:42: What happens if UNC is a three-loss team by Saturday night? Could happen.
  • 22:23: Nicole's biggest takeaways from the first three weeks of the season.
  • 26:02: Duke talk. All you need to know.
  • 27:19: It's at this point I throw Borzello under the bus. The rest of it is wrap-up talk and some niceties, which you know is uncommon on the podcast. But when girls come around, we tend to clean the place up.

You can listen to the CBSSports.com College Basketball Podcast every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The podcasts go up here and on iTunes. The Wednesday show is dedicated to keeping the egos of CBSSports.com national writers Jeff Goodman and Gary Parrish inflated. Mondays and Fridays are for the real people to come on. Here's the iTunes link. We also have an RSS feed for you to track. If you're still going strong and hanging on to a Zune, then, yes, you can listen on that as well.

Posted on: November 27, 2011 10:15 am
Edited on: November 27, 2011 2:52 pm

Audio, third accuser surface in Bernie Fine case

By Jeff Goodman

UPDATE, 2:45 p.m.: Syracuse University tweeted out the following Sunday afternoon: "In light of new developments, we'd like to reassure you that SU is committed to getting to the truth in the Bernie Fine situation. We hold everyone in our community to high standards and we don't tolerate illegal, abusive, or unethical behavior - no matter who you are."

The evidence seems to be mounting against Syracuse associate head coach Bernie Fine.

The most recent news in the sexual molestation case against Fine is a recorded call back in 2002 between Bobby Davis - one of the alleged victims - and Fine's wife - and also a third accuser who has come forward.

Davis and his step-brother, Mike Lang, have said they were both molested by Fine -- the long-time assistant of Jim Boeheim.

ESPN hired an independent voice-recognition analyst to confirm that the voice on the tape matched that of Fine's wife, Laurie Fine.

On the call, Davis talks with Laurie Fine -- and much of their conversation includes fairly graphic details.

"I know everything that went on, you know," Laurie Fine said on the call, obtained by Outside the Lines from Davis. "I know everything that went on with him ... Bernie has issues, maybe that he's not aware of, but he has issues ... And you trusted somebody you shouldn't have trusted ... "

"Bernie is also in denial. I think that he did the things he did, but he's somehow through his own mental telepathy has erased them out of his mind.

Davis also said he had sex with Laurie Fine when he was an 18-year-old senior in high school.

"The issue at hand is he had no business doing what he did with you," Laurie Fine said to Davis on the call. "You know what, neither did I because I really helped screw you up a little more, too."

In addition to the audio of the phone call, The Syracuse Post-Standard also reported that there is a third accuser, 23-year-old Zach Tomaselli, who told police that he was sexual abused when he was 13 years old back in 2002 at a Pittsburgh hotel room.

Tomaselli was interviewed by police earlier this week, just days prior to a search warrant to search Fine's home was issued.

Tomaselli is facing sexual assault charges involving a 14-year-old boy. His estranged father also has called his son a liar in regard to his son's claims against Fine.
Posted on: November 22, 2011 10:02 am
Edited on: November 22, 2011 3:23 pm

Police resist releasing documents in Fine case

By Matt Norlander

Looks like Tuesday is going to be a pretty big day in the Bernie Fine case up at Syracuse.

UPDATE: The State Supreme Court Justice postponed this case until next Tuesday.

The District Attorney's Office from Onondaga County wants the police reports and records that relate to anything doing with the sexual molestation allegations against Bernie Fine -- plus any other publicly undisclosed records relating to Fine and what would be considered relevant to this case.

William Fitzpatrick, the county D.A., obtained a subpoena Monday, "requiring the police to turn over the records from 2002 to the present for presentation to a grand jury today, he said," according to the Post-Standard.

Police Deputy Chief Shawn Broton, according to the Post-Standard, reacted to being subpoenaed "with an obscenity."

The police didn't immediately oblige. Interesting, right? The fact this battle has also been so public -- and that the DA has been on the record about quite a few things from the get-go -- is also surprising. Now the two sides will go to court Tuesday to determine if the D.A. Office has the right to see the records, or whether the Syracuse Police Department gets to keep things in house now that this case has become warm again.

Fitzpatrick said he has been asking for the records since Thursday and nothing has been provided. “I pleaded with people to turn over the records,” he said. “I don’t understand this. I’ve heard three different stories about what they have and don’t have.”

Earlier Monday, Mayor Stephanie Miner issued a press statement saying no information would be shared until police complete their investigation. “I directed Chief (Frank) Fowler to allocate as much time and as many resources necessary to conduct a thorough, professional and complete investigation into this case from 2002 to the present,” Miner said in her statement.

“. . . The Syracuse Police Department will not be releasing information about the investigation to the media or any other entity in a piecemeal fashion,” Miner said.

CBSSports.com filed a request for certain records relating to this case under the Freedom of Information Act last week. We have not heard back from the Syracuse Police Department yet.
Fitzpatrick is adamant this is going to go his way, and soon.

“The records are going to be provided,” he told the Post-Standard.

Photo: AP

Posted on: November 18, 2011 10:49 am
Edited on: November 18, 2011 10:51 am

Podcast: Sorting out the Syracuse details

By Matt Norlander

With a lot of moving parts, uncertainty, panicking and judgment already getting tossed on this Syracuse story, I wanted to bring on someone in the media who knows this program as well as anyone.

Mike Waters of the Post-Standard is that person. He was well aware of who Bobby Davis was back in 2003, when Davis was interviewed multiple times by the newspaper, when he claimed then as he does now: Bernie Fine sexually molested him time after time in the '80s and into the '90s.

Normally I give timestamps on what gets talked about when, but today's podcast is just over 18 minutes, a fluid conversation, and we run the gamut as best as we can with this. We can't jump to any conclusions right now, and there's a film over this story that still needs a lot of scrubbing. Waters discusses how the paper reported the story originally and why it wasn't run. We examine why Jim Boeheim has already come out so strongly in defense of his friend of nearly 50 years.

We switfly get to the big questiosn regarding this issue right now, as of Friday, Nov. 18, at 11 a.m.

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