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2 men sue Syracuse, Boeheim for defamation

December 14, 2011 • National News


Former Syracuse ball boys Bobby Davis, left, and Mike Lang, right, flank attorney Gloria Allred during a news conference, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011, in New York. The men say they were molested by assistant Syracuse basketball coach Bernie Fine and have sued the school and men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim for defamation. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

NEW YORK (AP) — Two men sued Syracuse men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim and the school for defamation Tuesday, saying they were vilified as liars out for money after they accused his longtime assistant of molesting them.

Former Syracuse ball boys and stepbrothers Bobby Davis and Mike Lang said they were molested by Bernie Fine, who has since been fired and has denied the allegations. A third man also has accused the 65-year-old Fine, who had been Boeheim’s top assistant since 1976.

“It really hurt me to learn coach Boeheim had accused me of lying,” Davis said, reading from a statement at a news conference after the lawsuit Login to read more

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