Former Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine, who was alleged by former Syracuse ball boy Bobby Davis to have sexually molested him, is suing ESPN for defamation.
ESPN, which broke the story a year and a half ago, is being sued by Fine for $11 million. That demand, in print, is here. This development was first reported by CNYCentral.com. ESPN’s lawyers have brought the case to federal court, being that ESPN is a Connecticut-based corporation and Fine was filing through New York State Supreme Court.
Davis and and his stepbrother Mike Lang were the two primary accusers against Fine since the start of the story, and Lang has spoken before on the record about the nature of their relationship.
The first court hearing for this case is scheduled for July 18. Whereas Fine was originally targeting reporter Mark Schwartz, now the aim is ESPN as a whole.
Attorneys for ESPN have moved to Federal Court the defamation lawsuit brought against ESPN by former Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine. This new legal action also removes as defendants the reporter and producer who worked on the Bobby Davis story along with The Walt Disney Company and The Hearst Corporation.
Fine was fired from Syracuse on Nov. 27, 2011. In late November of 2012, a year after the story came out, Syracuse police chief Frank Fowler called the accusations against Fine “highly credible.”
Fine has lived in Florida since his tenure at Syracuse ended, and has not spoken on the record about the allegations since they surfaced shortly before his termination from SU. Laurie Fine, his wife, has previously and separately sued ESPN, 13 months ago.
Read more at CBS Sports where this story was originally published.