SU fires assistant coach Bernie Fine amidst molestation allegations. Right move by the school?
Mon, 28 Nov 2011 01:15:10 GMT —
Syracuse University has fired assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine.
SU spokesman Kevin Quinn emailed a one line statement from the school saying, "At the direction of Chancellor Cantor, Bernie Fine TMs employment with Syracuse University has been terminated, effective immediately."
There was no other comment from the school about coach Fine's termination.
Coach Fine has been accused of sexually molesting three people, but faces no charges in the case so far.
An audio tape recording of a conversation with his wife, Laurie Fine, was released by ESPN this morning.
The tape followed a third accuser, Zach Tomaselli, who came forward earlier this weekend.
Attorneys Donald Martin and Karl Sleight said of the third accuser, "Mr. Fine will not comment on newspaper stories beyond his initial statement. Any comment from him would only invite and perpetuate ancient and suspect claims. Mr. Fine remains hopeful of a credible and expeditious review of the relevant issues by law enforcement authorities."
Onondaga District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick is weighing in on the developments in the Bernie Fine case.
"I think number one it's a validation of what Bobby Davis said as importantly it's an appropriate reaction from SU," Fitzpatrick said.
Fitzpatrick says he got the tape from Syracuse police about a week ago and after that, he says he got no more information from them.
"To my dismay I found out the Syracuse Police Department was not keeping us in the loop as promised by the chief," Fitzpatrick said.
Last week Fitzpatrick blamed the chief and a deputy chief of leaking that information to The Post-Standard in an attempt to discredit his office. Mayor Stephanie Miner responded by saying both, "Conducted themselves with complete professionalism and integrity throughout this process."
On Friday, authorities raided Bernie Fine's house on a search warrant which the US Attorney's office got. Fitzpatrick says the US Attorney's office is also investigating the source of the leak.
On Tuesday the district attorney's office and Syracuse police will be back in court. The DA's office has been trying to get police to turn over all records in this case from both 2002 and now.
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