Jim Boeheim Calls Firing Of Bernie Fine ‘Appropriate Step’
When news of accusations of child sexual abuse against Syracuse basketball assistant coach Bernie Fine first surfaced, head coach Jim Boeheim issued a statement ending with the assertion that Fine “has my full support.” Following the university’s dismissal of Fine on Saturday, and the additional allegations that have emerged from a 2002 audio recording of Fine’s wife, Boeheim has issued a new statement on the university’s Facebook page, with a decidedly different tone:
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.
Fine has been accused of sexual abuse by three separate individuals; the most recent allegations stem from an audio conversation, brought to light by ESPN’s Outside The Lines on Sunday, that Fine’s wife had with one of the accusers in 2002 in which Laurie Fine appears to acknowledge her awareness that the incidents had occurred.