Posted on: November 17, 2011 7:54 pm
By Gary Parrish
Syracuse police are investigating an allegation that longtime Syracuse basketball assistant Bernie Fine molested a team ball boy over an extended period of time beginning in the 1980s, ESPN's Mark Schwarz and Arty Berko reported Thursday night.
CBSSports.com left a message on Fine's cell phone seeking comment Thursday.
It was not immediately returned.
The alleged victim is Bobby Davis, who is now 39. He told ESPN's Outside the Lines that Fine began molesting him in 1983, shortly before Davis entered seventh grade. Davis was a Syracuse ball boy from 1984 to 1990. He said the abuse occurred at Fine's home, at the Syracuse basketball facilities and on road trips. A second man, identified by ESPN only as "a relative of Davis," has said Fine also molested him around the same time.
Fine is in his 35th season at Syracuse.
Davis told ESPN he never informed Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim of the alleged abuse.
Outside the Lines reported Thursday that it initially investigated Davis' claims in 2003 but decided against running the story because no additional alleged victims were willing to talk. But in recent days, according to the report, a second man -- inspired to finally talk because of the ongoing Penn State scandal -- contacted Outside the Lines with information alleging Fine had also molested him, which led to ESPN opting to run the story.
CBSSports.com reached a former Syracuse player by phone on Thursday.