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Syracuse Post-Standard Reports: Bernie Fine Accusers File Defamation Lawsuit Against Jim Boeheim and Syracuse University

Former Syracuse University men’s baskeball ball boys Bobby Davis and Michael Lang on Tuesday (December 13, 2011) announced the filing of a defamation lawsuit against the institution and head men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim. Davis and Lang are represented by celebrity attorney Gloria Allred.The Syracuse Post-Standard, in a December 13 article, reported the lawsuit does not pertain to the alleged sex-abuse by then-associate head men’s basketball coach Bernie Fine (Davis and Lang contend they were molested by Fine), but for Boeheim’s public statements after the allegations surfaced. According to  media reports, “after ESPN broke the story about Davis and Lang’s allegations on Nov. 17, Boeheim said he believed the two were lying and predicted they would sue for money”. The Syracuse Post-Standard states “Boeheim has since apologized for questioning the motives of Davis and Lang but Allred said he needs to be held accountable for his statements. Allred said the university should be held accountable for its coach.”

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About Michael L. Buckner, Esquire

An attorney who provides clients with internal investigation, civil litigation, estate planning and compliance services.

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