Ex-Syracuse assistant basketball coach’s wife to sue ESPN
Syracuse, NY, United States (AHN Sports) – Claiming she was libeled during the network’s reporting of child sex abuse allegations vs. husband, Laurie Fine, the wife of former Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine, said she wil sue ESPN and two of its employees.
“Today, through my attorneys, I have taken the first steps toward restoring my good name,” Laurie Fine read in a statement. “The lawsuit I file in federal court says it all. I have never engaged in and condoned despicable conduct falsely reported by ESPN … “I’m here today as a wife and a mother who has had to endure the trauma of being smeared in the public as a monster …My life has been destroyed.”
Two former Syracuse ball boys — Bobby Davis and Mike Lang — accused Bernie Fine of molesting them over a period of 10 years. No charges have been filed against Fine, who denies the allegations.
ESPN was quick to try to dismiss Laurie Fine’s actions.
“The suit is without merit and we stand behind our reporting,” ESPN officials said in statement.