New York's Court of Appeals ruled two former Syracuse ball boys will be allowed to sue head coach Jim Boeheim for slander. Boeheim refuted allegations by Bobby Davis and Mike Lang in 2011 that assistant coach Bernie Fine had molested them when they were children.
Boeheim refuted allegations by Bobby Davis and Mike Lang in 2011 that assistant coach Bernie Fine had molested them when they were children. Boeheim said the pair was only looking to make money and that the allegations were false. Davis and Lang claim Boeheim slandered them, and a court ruling on Tuesday will allow them to proceed with the case.
The Court of Appeals overruled two lower level courts that had ruled Boeheim's comments were merely opinions. From the AP:
The Court of Appeals ruled unanimously that they cannot conclude Boeheim's statements were "pure opinion" and there's "a reasonable view" that Davis and Lang would be entitled to recover damages for defamation
Syracuse fired Fine after the allegations were made public, but he never faced criminal charges. Fine denied the allegations.
“Here's why,” he said. “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. 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.”