Who Knew What in Syracuse Sex Abuse Scandal?
Head men's basketball coach throws support behind fired colleague
- Duration 7:05
- Date Nov 28, 2011
Head men's basketball coach throws support behind fired colleague
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Another child sex abuse case is rocking college sports today Syracuse University last night.
Fired its longtime assistant basketball coach Bernie -- ending his 36 years on the job longest but I -- an assistant coaching job in the country.
After a series of disturbing allegations against him.
Over the weekend a third man came forward saying coach molested him when he was -- child.
And now the potentially incriminating audio recording which you may have heard has surfaced -- said to be to coach's wife discussing what she knew about these suspected abuse.
Former ball boy Bobby Davis he's now 39.
And says he secretly recorded this audio of -- phone call between the coach's wife and himself back in 2002.
ESPN's program outside the lines aired portions of the recording here's what we have.
He's doing it he can he.
-- -- -- I think those independent Internet couldn't lift.
Personally in connecting their own little thing.
-- you don't.
-- They think like that up.
You're you're gonna look at him.
Something about you and there's another twist the former ball boy and the coach's wife reportedly told ESP and they had an affair together when he was eighteen.
Years after he says her husband for started molesting him -- get this.
First day allegation is the husband -- molesting a guy than the allegation is the guy when he was eighteen had sex with a coach's wife.
All this coming in the wake of the stunning child six accusations -- the Penn State coach Jerry sandusky.
So for details on this let's get to Rick Leventhal he's live in our newsroom here in New York Syracuse knew about some of these allegations back in 05.
But coach find kept his kept him on the job is that right Rick.
Yeah there was an investigation in 2005 involved in the stepbrother stories but the school says it didn't have that audiotape and effects here -- police just called to tell us that they didn't know about that tape until last Thursday.
That tape appeared to be what pushed the university to fire Bernie -- last night.
During the call that was first aired on ESPN's outside the lines finds -- suggests there were probably multiple victims and her husband thought he'd never be punished for.
And I don't think about it he he what he.
-- -- -- -- 888.
He picked up off.
Well in a statement Syracuse head coach Jim -- -- says the allegations that have come forth today are disturbing and deeply troubling.
I am personally very shocked because I have never witnessed any of the activities that have been alleged.
I believe the university took the appropriate step tonight there's a 180 for -- I'm Shep when the charges first surfaced he said the accusers were just try to -- it.
Well you know that the third accusers speaking out right -- yeah.
And Zach Thomas -- had his own legal troubles he's facing multiple charges in Maine.
For allegedly molesting a fourteen year old boy but he says that has nothing to do him coming forward now.
He also accused his own father a molesting him in both cases -- so his father says his son is lying but the now 23 year old gets pretty specific.
And here and we're getting us our.
And there's -- -- kind of by the bathroom.
And you sitting on the bed and he was.
Looking at me get out of showers through junior that reflected into the -- here.
Well Bernie fine denies all the charges -- but as you mentioned his longest in nation streak.
A consecutive seasons is now officially over this it is Rick Leventhal and newsroom here in New York Rick thanks very much let's take this sourcing judicial analyst judge in -- -- 100 now.
He's a host of freedom watch over on the Fox Business Network.
And -- of you know our our legal -- turned to him for everything this is.
-- -- kind of tough to deal with.
Everybody is calling these accusations lies first coach big time with some of the -- quote from coach -- -- We got from him he's the head basketball coach of Syracuse a powerhouse in a familiar with college basketball I think we have a full screen of this is that right Kim.
Here it is this is what he said first this matter was fully investigated by the university -- 2005 and it was determined that the allegations were unfounded I've known Bernie fine for more than forty years I have never seen or witnessed anything to suggest that he would have been involved.
In any of the activities alleged.
And he went on to say.
Had I seen or suspected anything I would've taken action Bernie fine has my full support.
Speaking for the university when you don't know what goes on behind closed doors I don't know how Smart that is I guess that's something he's -- it.
Think he probably made and that I can't get -- -- -- made that this statement on the basis of his professional relationship and friendship with Bernie.
Which was which which goes for a long period of time.
And then these other allegations prompted him to change his position.
But these are just allegations.
We are sinking into an area of human behavior.
Where people can lose jobs at which they have excelled on the basis of allegations.
Which are ten years old.
And whether people making the allegations have a lot of credibility problems themselves.
-- you wonder.
How Syracuse is gonna gonna handle this moving forward because I would guess that Syracuse in in -- Penn State way has some reliability.
Well they don't want to be like Penn State was they want to be perceived as moving swiftly.
And to protect children even though there's no allegation of ongoing or recent conduct as there apparently was in the Penn State case.
But to fire someone -- -- -- his contract but there -- a contract to fire someone on the basis of allegations that are ten years old he's innocent.
He's innocent under the law he hasn't had his his day in court.
Will expose Syracuse to liability by Bernie fine.
As well as liability by the people that mr.
fein has allegedly abused.
If it is proven that he did abuse them Megan's panel talked in the last hour about the potential admissibility of this audio this phone recording between one of them.
One of the accusers in coach finds wife reportedly.
Whether that would be admissible in court.
That the wife's opinion of what happened and -- here it is not admissible in -- -- because of what's called the spousal privilege you can you can prevent your spouse.
From telling a court.
What you and your spouse talked about.
Or what you would needed to your spouse but the court doesn't mean that the court has the testimony of the other person on the conversation.
Which is the young man now 39 years old says that he was a victim of the crime at the time when he was that when he was a young person.
He would get on the witness stand and say what happened to him.
And that as far better evidence for the government.
-- on the wife's opinion of what she thinks her husband was probably doing.
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