Two of the men who have accused Bernie Fine of sexually molesting them when they were ball boys are now accusing his wife, Laurie, of having sexual relationships with basketball team players.
Bernie Fine, a former Syracuse University assistant men's basketball coach, was fired late last year, after being accused of molesting three men in the 1980s and 1990s.
News of Laurie Fine's alleged involvement broke through an affidavit for a slander suit against Syracuse University and basketball coach Jim Boeheim, which claimed that Laurie's sexual activities with the players were known by both Bernie Fine and others in the basketball program.
The affidavit was filed on Monday in New York State Supreme Court by high profile lawyer, Gloria Allred. In the affidavit, stepbrothers Bobby Davis, 40, and Mike Lang, 45, say that they were defamed by Boeheim and the University after accusing Bernie of molesting them when they were still boys.
According to reports by ESPN, Bobby Davis, one of the men who were molested by Bernie Fine, claimed that on several occasions, he heard basketball players speaking openly about having sex with Laurie. Though some of the players joked about it, Davis said that Laurie Fine's sexual relations seemed to be common knowledge.
When the accusations against Bernie Fine were first brought forward, coach Boeheim stood by his assistant coach, who he had known for about 50 years. He said that the victims were lying and using the buzz created by Penn State's Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal to push their story.
Our program will be fine, Boeheim said last November, at a news conference. It's been pretty good for 36 years, and we've been through a lot of things. We'll get through whatever happens in our program.
Boeheim then apologized after a third accuser and an audio tape of a conversation between Laurie Fine and Davis resurfaced, with major implications that Laurie Fine knew Davis had been abused by her husband. But Davis' affidavit now claims that Boeheim knew what had been going on between the couple and the basketball players.
He knew or purposefully chose to ignore Fine and his wife's behavior, Davis said in the affidavit. He had every reason to know that I was telling the truth, but he instead lashed out at me and called me and my brother liars.
Davis also added that during his stays with the Fines, Laurie Fine favored certain players, by giving them lavish gifts and money, doing their laundry, letting them borrow her car and giving them suspicious amounts of attention.
While the U.S. attorney's office continues to investigate the claims made by 23 year old Zach Tomasselli, the third man who says he was molested by Bernie Fine, the ex-coach has denied the charges. A lawyer for Laurie Fine has also described the new accusations as an attempt to keep the dying scandal story alive.
However, Allread says that given the evidence, the university must be held accountable for what might have gone on on their campus.
In an e-mail to The Associated Press, she explained: If Laurie Fine was having multiple sexual relationships with basketball players, then the university must explain how this could have been taking place for years right under Coach Boeheim's nose without his being aware of it and without the university's doing anything about it.