Bernie Fine Recording

November 28, 2011 by staff 

Bernie Fine Recording, Et tu, ESPN? On Sunday, Syracuse University fired assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine amidst allegations that he had sexually molested several boys over the span of ten years or more.

In an email to faculty last night, Syracuse Chancellor Nancy Cantor wrote, “”All of us have the responsibility, individually and collectively, to ensure that Syracuse University remains a safe place for every campus community member and everyone with whom we interact on a daily basis on campus or in the community as part of our learning, scholarship, or work” adding. “We do not tolerate abuse. If anything good comes out of this tragedy, it will be that this basic principle is reinforced.”

What is perhaps equally as disturbing is the fact that this is the second high profile case of a college athletic coach accused of assaulting young boys in their care within a three week span is the fact in this case there were a media organization that had the power to help a victim get justice but opted against it.

In 2002, Bobby Davis, now 39, told police that while living in Fine’s home from age 12 to his teens and beyond, Fine abused him on several occasions over the course of a decade. Davis’ step brother 45 year old Mike Land would later come forward and confess he too was abused.

The case of both men was investigated and dropped by police because the statue of limitations to report sexual abuse had lapsed by then. In New York, the clock starts five years after the victim turns 18 or the case is reported, whichever is earlier.

Davis reported the crime when he was 30 and the clock would have lapsed when he was 22 or 23.

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