Well, I have absolutely no idea what to make of this. Syracuse basketball, local politics and the media have created a three-ring circus at the center of a Soap Net tornado. Honestly, what the hell is going on? Bernie Fine’s wife was dating Bobby Davis. The father of a third accuser says his son is lying. The tape of the phone call may have been edited. This thing is making Passions seem tame. Dream sequence flashbacks between witches and midgets during tsunamis seems more realistic.
First, Fine needed to be fired. No problem with that decision by Syracuse University. It may be jumping the gun on his guilt, but how much more fallout can the school withstand with the utter absurdity that is unfolding? Fact is, even if Fine cannot or will not be prosecuted because of shaky testimony, lack of evidence or the expiration of the statute of limitations, he represents SU. And when his wife is on tape telling Davis “you trusted somebody you shouldn’t have trusted,” Fine becomes an inoperable tumor.
Does this mean Jim Boeheim knew everything? Is this SU admitting Fine is guilty. Not necessarily. But I’m not sure what to believe anymore. It’s impossible to rule anything out. Two weeks ago if you were told Bernie’s wife had a sexual relationship with Davis when he was a senior in high school, how off the grid would that suggestion have been?
Oh by the way, the Syracuse DA has “declared war” on the city’s police department, if you’re scoring at home. Yeah, and the third accuser, Zach Tomaselli, is facing his own sexual assault charges on a 14-year-old boy and his dad says he’s making it up. Not to be glib, but Syracuse is taking ridiculousness to an all-time high. Every day the story tops itself. We laugh in the face at your pathetic scandals of tattoos or yachts. Go big or go home. This is the single most absurd Lifetime movie ever.
As I’ve written before, there’s an extreme severity to any child molestation charges. No one is taking Fine’s potential crimes lightly. The athletic department should feel incredible guilt over housing someone with these skeletons and the authorities should prosecute Fine to the fullest if there’s evidence to support he’s guilty. But the incestuous and bizarre soap opera that is unfolding is making it hard to keep the base tenants in focus.
What’s going to pop up next? Gerry McNamara is William Fitzpatrick’s nephew? Boeheim uses human dwarfs to lawn bowl? Nancy Cantor and Mike Lang opened a hookah shop together in Armory?
Fine is fired. His wife was hooking up with Davis. And SU hoops is a top 5 team in the country. As Kanye and Jay-Z might say, this ish is cray.