Two men who claimed they were sexually abused by Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine will reportedly file a civil suit over the matter, sources have told ESPN. The suit will reportedly name head coach Jim Boeheim and the University itself among the defendants.
The two former Orangemen ball boys, Bobby Davis and Mike Lang, have accused Fine, who until recently served as an assistant coach under Boeheim at Syracuse, of sexually abusing them in the 1980s. It was reported last week that Fine could not be charged for the allegations of child abuse levied against him because the statute of limitations for the crimes had run out.
When the news first broke about the accusations against Fine, Boeheim adamantly defended his longtime assistant, stating that the accusers were out for money.
“The Penn State thing came out and the kid behind this is trying to get money. He’s tried before. And now he’s trying again,” Boeheim said several weeks ago. “If he gets this, he’s going to sue the university and Bernie. What do you think is going to happen at Penn State? You know how much money is going to be involved in civil suits? I’d say about $50 million. That’s what this is about. Money.”
He later apologized for his comments
about the accusers intentions, stating that he "misspoke very badly.”