Judge: Laurie Fine entitled to ‘Cuse documents

Federal judge: Laurie Fine entitled to Syracuse U. documents for her libel suit against ESPN

      
 

 

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Iona Basketball: David Laurie Has Double-Double in His Gael Debut

The Iona Gaels (5-5) split games this week winning at home against Liberty 87-69 then traveling to Philadelphia and losing 88-74 to La Salle despite 21 points and 14 rebound debut performance from sophomore forward David Laurie.

Against Liberty on Tuesday night in the Hynes Center, the Gaels set a school record taking 41 three-point shots and tying a record by making 18 of them.  Sean Armand had a productive game for the Gaels with seven “Threes” completed of 14 attempts, 23 points and nine rebounds on the night.  Lamont “Momo” Jones led in total points with 24 points, grabbed seven rebounds, and made five passes for assists. 

New comer for Iona Tre Bowman had 13 points and true freshman A.J. English had 17 points.  Bowman played 16 games for Penn State before playing last year at Midland College in Texas.  English is the son of former NBA player AJ English II, who played for the Washington Bullets in the early 90s.  The 6’4″ small forward has found a comfortable spot in the corner to make his shots, making five of his eight three-point attempts.

The Gaels struggled on three point shots against La Salle, making only five of 23 attempts.  Only three Gaels had double figures in scoring as “Momo” Jones had 19 points and Sean Armand had 15. 

Iona was weak in play, making just 11 assists on the night and being forced into 16 turnovers.

In his first game as a Gael, David Laurie contributes a double-double with 14 rebounds and 21 points.  The former 6′ 8″ Lamar State junior college forward player shot 8 of 13 and grabbed 14 rebounds.  Laurie came off the bench to play 26 minutes, showing that his conditioning could be better than the coaching staff might have thought for a team that plays fast break basketball.

To make playing time available for Laurie, the pairing at the five spot so far in the season between junior 6’9″ Shawn Jackson and 6’7″ senior Taaj Ridley was reduced to seven minutes for Jackson and nine for Ridley.  Iona may try a bigger lineup at times, playing both Laurie and either of the other two Gael “bigs”.

Sunday afternoon will be the first time for Iona fans to see David Laurie in action at the Hynes Center against Norfolk State (6-7).  Game time against on North Avenue in New Rochelle will be 2 p.m.

This should be an important opportunity for Iona to work Laurie into the lineup before heading on the road for three straight road games at Saint Joeseph’s Friday in Philadelphia, at Saint Bonaventure on New Year’s eve, then in Albany against Siena, an ESPN3 game on January 4th. 

 

Ken Kraetzer cover Iona basketball and West Point football for Sons of the American Legion Radio. Twitter @SAL50NYRadio

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Lawyer: Laurie Fine files lawsuit vs. ESPN

The wife of ex-Syracuse assistant coach Bernie Fine has filed her lawsuit against ESPN, her lawyers said in an email to USA TODAY Sports on …



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ESPN posts Laurie Fine-Davis conversation

ESPN’s rebuttal to Laurie Fine’s lawsuit threat? Posting the entire audio tape. Have a listen for yourself.



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Syracuse Orange: Laurie Fine Lawsuit May Shed Light on ESPN’s Journalistic Style

ESPN, the self-described “Worldwide leader in sports,” yesterday found itself served with a lawsuit regarding one its most sensational stories of the past year.

Last October, following hard on the heels of the Jerry Sandusky child abuse allegations, ESPN aired a report that accused then-Syracuse men’s basketball assistant Bernie Fine of years of sexual abuse of young men connected with the basketball program.

One of the main pieces of evidence used to give credence to the allegations against Fine was a secret audio tape of his wife, Laurie Fine, that purported to be a conversation between her and one of Fine’s accusers.

In it, Mrs. Fine appeared to implicate her husband in the alleged abuse and acknowledge that she suspected the activity was taking place.

On Wednesday, Mrs. Fine announced that she had filed a lawsuit charging that ESPN had libeled her and sullied her reputation. Her most explosive allegation was that ESPN had selectively edited the tape recording used in its report to cast both her and her husband in a negative light.

The allegations against Fine and ESPN’s reportage have bothered me from the very beginning. The story seemed designed to piggyback on the Sandusky story to create a sense of hysteria about the allegations of sexual abuse; a sort of sports version of the sex abuse fever that swept the nation in the mid-to-late 1980s and early 1990s.

After the Sandusky story broke, ESPN aired a raft of stories focusing on abuse allegations, while simultaneously fending off questions about the timing of the Fine story. When it was learned that ESPN had the allegations years in advance, yet had done nothing to really investigate them, it brought quite a bit of public disapproval their way.

What is most disturbing about this particular story in my view is the recklessness ESPN exhibited in covering the initial allegations.

ESPN seemed desperate to turn the allegations against Fine into a scandal that could possibly be the undoing of Jim Boeheim’s tenure as Syracuse head coach.

Very little vetting was done of the accusers at the time, two of whom have recanted their allegations against Fine. Instead, ESPN ran story after story that presumed the men were being honest in their allegations and seemingly designed to hasten Boeheim’s departure.

Very little credence was given to Bernie Fine’s protestations of innocence. Instead, ESPN turned to the now-disputed audio tape and interviews with “witnesses” who witnessed nothing as a means to bolster the media case against Bernie Fine.

It was as if ESPN had developed tunnel vision in its reporting, refusing to notice any evidence or testimony that disputed the belief that Fine was guilty as charged.

The way the Fine case was handled, coupled with the sudden moralistic prattling that the network did in rushing to condemn Joe Paterno for Jerry Sandusky’s alleged crimes, serves, in my opinion, to discredit ESPN as a credible journalistic source.

In this story and many others, ESPN looked more interested in creating a story than in reporting one.

Sitting on the Fine allegations for years, then ignoring the credibility issues with the accusers is not exactly a ringing endorsement of the network’s journalistic integrity.

Even if the Fine lawsuit lacks credibility, as ESPN’s legal mouthpieces pronounced, it may very well shine a much-needed light on what look to be some of ESPN’s shadier journalistic practices.

Maybe this dose of sunshine will disinfect the ESPN newsroom and force it to clean up its act.

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Bernie Fine Scandal: Wife Laurie Will Reportedly File Libel Lawsuit Against ESPN

The Bernie Fine scandal has been odd from the get-go, but today it will reportedly take another twist.

Laurie Fine, the wife of the former Syracuse assistant basketball coach, is set to a file a lawsuit against ESPN.

According to John O’Brien of the Post-Standard

Laurie Fine will announce this morning that she’s filing a federal libel lawsuit against ESPN over its reporting of child-molesting accusations against her husband … Fine’s lawyers provided the 44-page lawsuit to The Post-Standard this morning … The lawsuit accuses ESPN, reporter Mark Schwarz and producer Arty Berko, of irresponsibly reporting the allegations against Bernie Fine and taking Laurie Fine’s words out of context to cast her in a false light.

You can see the full, 44-page lawsuit here.

Fine’s scandal broke shortly after the Penn State scandal involving assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. 

Laurie Fine is accusing ESPN of trying to “capitalize financially” on her husband’s situation in the wake of the media surrounding the Penn State case.

The lawsuit is quite complicated because Laurie Fine will have to prove ESPN published false information about her or used “gross irresponsibility.”

The level of proof also depends on whether or not she’s deemed a public figure.

This lawsuit is just the start of what is sure to be a long process. It will be filed in Syracuse federal court in the coming days.

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Bernie Fine Scandal: Laurie Fine Will Reportedly File Libel Lawsuit Against ESPN

The Bernie Fine scandal has been an odd one from the get-go, but today it will reportedly take another twist.

Laurie Fine, the wife of the former Syracuse assistant basketball coach, is set to a file a lawsuit against ESPN.

According to John O’Brien of the Post-Standard

Laurie Fine will announce this morning that she’s filing a federal libel lawsuit against ESPN over its reporting of child-molesting accusations against her husband … Fine’s lawyers provided the 44-page lawsuit to The Post-Standard this morning … The lawsuit accuses ESPN, reporter Mark Schwarz and producer Arty Berko, of irresponsibly reporting the allegations against Bernie Fine and taking Laurie Fine’s words out of context to cast her in a false light.

You can see the full, 44-page lawsuit here.

Fine’s scandal broke shortly after the Penn State/Jerry Sandusky sex scandal.

Laurie Fine is accusing ESPN of trying to “capitalize financially” on her husband’s situation in the wake of the media surrounding the Penn State case.

The lawsuit is quite complicated because Laurie Fine will have to prove ESPN published false information about her or used “gross irresponsibility.”

The level of proof also depends on whether or not she’s deemed a public figure.

This lawsuit is just the start of what is going to be a long process. More will be reported when more is known. The lawsuit will be filed in federal court in Syracuse in the coming days.

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Laurie Fine to speak out against accusers

Laurie Fine plans on speaking out against claims made by men who accused her husband of molesting them when they were children.



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Judge: Laurie Fine’s past irrelevant (AP)

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Salacious claims about the wife of an assistant Syracuse University basketball coach who was fired after claims that he molested boys have no bearing in the slander lawsuit two of the men brought against the team’s head coach, Jim Boeheim, a judge ruled Friday. The hearing in Manhattan was about whether two former ball boys who accuse Boeheim of defamation could get names and addresses of…


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Bernie Fine Scandal: Laurie Fine Allegedly Had Sex with Athletes

Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine has been accused of molesting several young boys over his tenure at the school, but the Fine family may have been doing more damage than initially thought.

According to reports, Laurie Fine, wife of Bernie, had sexual relationships with several students over the course of her husband’s tenure on staff.

One of the accusers and former Syracuse ball boy Robert Davis is the person that revealed the startling secret about Ms. Fine. He said that he drove the coach’s wife around and heard her talking about sex with student-athletes.

Davis said in the affidavit obtained by the New York Daily News:

I believe Boeheim deliberately chose to ignore what he knew was improper behavior, or actually knew precisely what was happening and did nothing to intervene. It is not only Fine’s relationship with me and other boys that would have tipped Boeheim off. For years, Bernie Fine’s wife Laurie Fine had sexual relationships with basketball team players. Players used to talk openly about it as a known fact.

If these latest allegations against Ms. Fine, along with all of the accusations leveled against her husband Bernie come to fruition as the truth, both are in a world of trouble.

While Laurie Fine was not breaking the law if these young men were 18 years old, that doesn’t make it right. She was a married woman using her husband’s power and the sexual eagerness of the student-athletes to take advantage. It may not be criminal, but it’s definitely immoral.

This shows just how bad things at Syracuse could have been if these reports are verified and Jim Boeheim needs to step down. If Joe Paterno had to be fired for what he did, there is no way that Syracuse can buy Boeheim’s story of knowing nothing.

Ignorance isn’t an excuse.

 

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