Boeheim and Cantor comment on Bernie Fine TMs termination from Syracuse University

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Syracuse University fired assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine on Sunday following further accusations of sexual abuse and the release of a recorded conversation from 2002 by ESPN.

SU spokesman Kevin Quinn emailed aone line statement from the school saying, "At the direction of Chancellor Cantor, Bernie Fine TMs employment with Syracuse University has been terminated, effective immediately."

Chancellor Nancy Cantor emailed the students, faculty and staff at Syracuse University around 8:42 pm.

Cantor said, "Tonight, in the wake of troubling new allegations that emerged in the media today, I am writing to let you know that Bernie Fine's employment at the University has been terminated effective immediately.

The email from Cantor continued to say, "Frankly, the events of the past week have shaken us all. The taped phone call that ESPN revealed today was not provided to the university by Mr. Davis during the 2005 investigation by our legal counsel.

Shortly after Cantor TMs email, around 8:50 pm Sunday, a statement from Head Coach Jim Boeheim was posted to the Syracuse Athletics Facebook page.

Boeheim TMs statement read, The allegations that have come forth today are disturbing and deeply troubling. I am personally very shocked because I have never witnessed any of the activities that have been alleged. I believe the university took the appropriate step tonight. What is most important is that this matter be fully investigated and that anyone with information be supported to come forward so that the truth can be found. I deeply regret any statements I made that might have inhibited that from occurring or been insensitive to victims of abuse.

Bernie Fine's defense attorneys say they will not comment on new allegations that came to light on Sunday.

An audio recording released by ESPN Sunday morning exposed new information in the sexual abuse allegations against Syracuse Basketball associate coach Bernie Fine.

Attorneys Donald Martin and Karl Sleight said, "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."

Three people have now come forward accusing the longtime SU assistant coach of sexually molesting them. Syracuse Police, state troopers and other investigators raided Fine's home in DeWitt Friday as part of the investigation.

The tape was recorded back in 2002 between Fine's wife, Laurie, and Bobby Davis, who is accusing Fine of sex abuse, according to ESPN.

"I know everything that went on with him," said Laurie on the tape. "Bernie has issues, maybe that he's not aware of, but he has issues, and you trusted somebody you shouldn't have trusted."

The audio recording came as a third person, Zach Tomaselli, 23, has also accused Fine of sexual abuse. Tomaselli posted to his Facebook page: "I was molested both by my father and SU assistant coach Bernie Fine.

Tomaselli says Fine called his parents with an invitation for Zach to travel to Pittsburgh to watch the Orange play. Tomaselli says he took a bus to Pittsburgh and spent the night in Fine's hotel room. Tomaselli claims that Fine had him watch pornography and then sexually abused him.

Tomaselli says he also attended a party at Bernie Fine's house a year later but nothing happened after he declined to spend the night in Fine's bedroom. He says he didn't plan on coming forward with his allegations against Bernie Fine but wanted to go public after listening to people doubt the accounts given by former SU ball boys Bobby Davis and Mike Lang.

Tomaselli's father told The Post-Standard that his son is lying. According to other reports, the father and son are estranged. Right now Zach Tomaselli is facing his own child sex abuse charges and has pleaded not guilty.

On Friday, detectives were seen hauling away three filing cabinets along with dozens of other items from the home of Bernie Fine. We spoke with a representative from the U.S. Attorney's Office, who said he cannot comment on any investigation. Syracuse Police Sgt. Tom Connellan says the search is due to a U.S. Attorney's search warrant.

Syracuse Police confirmed on November 17th that the department was looking into allegations against Fine. Since then, both Mayor Stephanie Miner and Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick have gotten involved, and have been publicly arguing about police records of the investigation.