Syracuse Fires Bernie Fine After Third Molestation Accusation
Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine, who served for 35 years, has been dismissed after a third person has come forward to claim Fine molested him.
“At the direction of Chancellor Cantor, Bernie Fine’s employment with Syracuse University has been terminated, effective immediately,” Kevin Quinn, the school’s senior vice president for public affairs, said in a statement…
Zach Tomaselli, 23, of Lewiston, Maine, said Sunday that he told police that Fine molested him in 2002 in a Pittsburgh hotel room. He said Fine touched him “multiple” times in that one incident.
He was the third accuser to come forward in the investigation of child molestation allegations against Fine, who was put on paid administrative leave when accusations first surfaced.
Two former Syracuse ball boys were the first to accuse Fine, who has called the allegations “patently false.”
Tomaselli, himself, faces sexual assault charges in Maine involving a 14-year-old boy, and his Tomaselli’s father says his son is lying.
Bobby Davis, now 39, told ESPN that Fine molested him beginning in 1984 and that the sexual contact continued until he was around 27. A ball boy for six years, Davis told ESPN that the abuse occurred at Fine’s home, at Syracuse basketball facilities and on team road trips, including the 1987 Final Four.
Davis’ stepbrother, Mike Lang, 45, who also was a ball boy, told ESPN that Fine began molesting him while he was in fifth or sixth grade.
ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” played a bizarre 2002 phone call between Fine’s wife and Bobby Davis:Click here for reuse options!
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