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Judge Weighs Dismissing Jim Boeheim Defamation Suit

(credit: Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

(credit: Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A judge says he expects to announce a decision in two weeks after hearing arguments on a motion to dismiss a defamation lawsuit against Syracuse University and men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim.

Former team ballboys Bobby Davis and Mike Lang claim Boeheim slandered them when he said they were out for money by claiming former assistant coach Bernie Fine sexually abused them.

Boeheim wasn’t at the hearing Friday where a lawyer for the men said the dismissal motion was baseless.

Boeheim’s lawyer cited the coach’s constitutional right to express his opinions.

Boeheim called Davis a liar and opportunist looking to exploit publicity surrounding the Penn State sex-abuse scandal when the allegations surfaced in November. He later apologized.

Fine has denied wrongdoing and hasn’t been charged. He was fired in November.

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