Bernie Fine, who serves at the assistant basketball coach at Syracuse University for 35 years, was fired this week over allegations that he sexually abused boys. Here is a timeline of the developments in the case:
1976 - Bernie Fine joins Syracuse as an assistant coach
2002 - Syracuse ball boy Bobby Davis says he informed Syracuse police that he was subjected to inappropriate contact by an associate men’s basketball coach” during the 1980s and 1990s.” Syracuse police say they told Davis the statue of limitations had passed and nothing else could be done unless he knew of any ongoing or more recent allegations against Bernie Fine.
2005 - Davis reports the allegations to Syracuse University. Syracuse conducts its own investigation and says it was “unable to find any corroboration of the allegations.”
November 17, 2011 - Davis and his stepbrother Mike Lang appear on ESPN and say they were ball boys for the team in the 1980s and 1990s. The two men accuse Bernie Fine of inappropriately touching their genital areas at various locations including university basketball facilities. Davis, now 39, alleges Fine touched him inappropriately from 1984 before he entered seventh grade, and the abuse continued until he was 27.
November 17 - Bernie Fine was placed on administrative leave “in light of the new allegations and the Syracuse City Police investigation,” Syracuse says.
November 18 - Fine calls the allegations against him “patently false.” In a statement he says, “Simply put, these allegations are patently false in every aspect. … I am confident that, as in the past, a review of these allegations will be discredited and restore my reputation.”
November 24 - A local district attorney harshly criticizes Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler and Deputy Chief Sean Broton over the handling of the 2002 probe of the former ball boy’s molestation claims. “I have a chief that’s intentionally trying to sabotage an investigation, a chief that is preventing the finding out of whether an innocent man has had his reputation besmirched or whether a person has been victimized in the most violent disgusting manner,” Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick says.
November 27, 2011 - A tape, made public by the Syracuse-based Post-Standard newspaper and ESPN, appears to show Laurie Fine knew about her husband’s alleged sexual abuse.In the tape, the woman that ESPN, citing experts, identified as Laurie Fine tells Davis she knew “everything that went on” with her husband, adding that “It’s just wrong and you were a kid.”
November 27, 2011 - Bernie Fine is fired by Syracuse. In a statement announcing Fine’s termination, university officials say they were “shaken” by the allegations. Chancellor Nancy Cantor says the school did not know of the recording during a 2005 investigation of Davis’ accusations.
November 28, 2011 - Pittsburgh police announce they will investigate an accusation by a third accuser, Zachary Tomaselli, now 23.