(Image source: Syracuse.com)

BY JOHN BEAN AND STEVEN SPARKMAN
ANCHOR CHRISTINA HARTMAN


They say you are innocent until proven guilty, and former Syracuse assistant coach Bernie Fine could not be proven guilty.

“A US attorney said Friday that there was no evidence to support accusations by Zach Tomaselli, who accused Fine of sexually abusing him in 2002 when he was 13 years old.” (Video via ESPN)

Syracuse University fired Fine ten days after the sexual abuse claims surfaced in November 2011. Fine denied the accusations, but few believed him.

The Post Standard in Syracuse reported two of Fine’s accusers have confessed to making up the incidents. But despite having the charges dropped, Yahoo’s Dan Wetzel reports...

“For Fine it is a day of vindication, although one that fails to undo the damage of the allegations. He lost his reputation, had every bit of family dirty laundry aired out and no longer has what was once a respected career as a college basketball coach.”

But a blogger for Big Lead Sports points out the U.S. attorney’s decision doesn’t mean everything is settled in the case.

“What does this mean, beyond the obvious that he will not be subject to any criminal trial? Not much more than we already knew. It just means that this is a “he said/he said”...”

Fine’s lawyer said the ordeal should be a reminder not to rush to judgement.

Feds Drop Sex Abuse Case Against Syracuse Coach Bernie Fine

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Nov 9, 2012

Feds Drop Sex Abuse Case Against Syracuse Coach Bernie Fine

 

(Image source: Syracuse.com)

BY JOHN BEAN AND STEVEN SPARKMAN
ANCHOR CHRISTINA HARTMAN


They say you are innocent until proven guilty, and former Syracuse assistant coach Bernie Fine could not be proven guilty.

“A US attorney said Friday that there was no evidence to support accusations by Zach Tomaselli, who accused Fine of sexually abusing him in 2002 when he was 13 years old.” (Video via ESPN)

Syracuse University fired Fine ten days after the sexual abuse claims surfaced in November 2011. Fine denied the accusations, but few believed him.

The Post Standard in Syracuse reported two of Fine’s accusers have confessed to making up the incidents. But despite having the charges dropped, Yahoo’s Dan Wetzel reports...

“For Fine it is a day of vindication, although one that fails to undo the damage of the allegations. He lost his reputation, had every bit of family dirty laundry aired out and no longer has what was once a respected career as a college basketball coach.”

But a blogger for Big Lead Sports points out the U.S. attorney’s decision doesn’t mean everything is settled in the case.

“What does this mean, beyond the obvious that he will not be subject to any criminal trial? Not much more than we already knew. It just means that this is a “he said/he said”...”

Fine’s lawyer said the ordeal should be a reminder not to rush to judgement.

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