That well established position in the community and the adamant defense from his friend and boss Jim Boeheim has left the Central New York fans struggling to believe the stories of the two former ball boys who are claiming they were abused. These are fans that endure sub-zero temperatures to pack the Carrier Dome 30,000 strong every winter.
A strong passionate fan base does not guarantee innocence when it comes to charges of sexual abuse, just ask the Penn State faithful. It does make it more difficult to believe allegations or to accept them as true before evidence and corroboration are presented supporting them.
That community sentiment raises the question about impartiality. The district attorney is a vocal supporter of Coach Jim Boeheim. The former police chief was a former Syracuse Orange player. That's the nature of this community. It is also generally a town that does what's right and delivers the truth. District Attorney Bill Fizpatrick prides himself on that.
This is a big deal. It needs to be thoroughly investigated. The community, the accused and the accusers deserve to be heard and receive a full explanation of the facts.Any questions or comment please forward them to mattsmemo@CNYcentral.com . I may even use some of your thoughts on NBC 3 News at 5:00, the 10:00 News on CW6 or on CNYcentral.com.
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