NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — A judge in the slander lawsuit two men brought against Syracuse University basketball coach Jim Boeheim says claims that an assistant coach’s wife had sex with players isn’t relevant.
Bobby Davis and Michael Lang sued Boeheim and the university after he defended longtime assistant coach Bernie Fine. The two men had accused Fine of molesting them as boys. Boeheim said Davis was lying to make money.
“He knew or purposefully chose to ignore Fine and his wife’s behavior,” Davis said in an affidavit filed last month. “He had every reason to know that I was telling the truth, but he instead lashed out at me and called me and my brother liars.”
Davis and Lang wanted names and addresses of every team player from 1992-1997, saying claims that Fine’s wife Laurie had sex with some would show Boeheim knew what was going on in the program.
But a supreme court judge says Laurie Fine’s relationships have “no bearing” on Boeheim’s comments.
Laurie Fine’s lawyer has called the allegations “disgusting.” Bernie Fine has denied wrongdoing.
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