User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
VI Mobile Scores and Betting OddsVI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds Be Social
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Soccer
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Syracuse ex-ball boys appeal slander suit ruling

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Two former Syracuse University basketball ball boys have asked a judge to reinstate their slander lawsuit against the school and head coach Jim Boeheim over comments the Hall of Famer made following the firing of his longtime assistant amid a sex abuse scandal.

Advertisement
Attorneys for Bobby Davis and Mike Lang filed a 54-page brief with the Appellate Division of state Supreme Court in Rochester in March.

State Supreme Court Justice Brian DeJoseph threw out their lawsuit in May, ruling that comments made by Boeheim after assistant coach Bernie Fine was fired were not statements of fact but were opinions that are protected from defamation lawsuits.

Davis and Lang say Boeheim slandered them in November 2011 when he publicly called them liars only out for money when they accused Fine of molesting them as children. Their claims could not be investigated criminally because they did not fall within the statute of limitations.

Fine has denied the allegations and a federal investigation into a third man's claim did not find enough evidence to warrant criminal charges. Fine has served notice that he plans to sue ESPN for airing claims made by Davis and Lang.

After the allegations of sexual abuse surfaced, Boeheim vehemently supported Fine, a friend for more than 40 years and his assistant for 35-plus seasons. Boeheim told ESPN that Davis was telling ``a bunch of a thousand lies'' and called him an opportunist looking to cash in on the publicity surrounding the then-emerging Penn State sex-abuse scandal.

``The content, tone and purpose of Boeheim's statements would clearly signal to the reasonable reader that what was being said in the articles published in the days after the initial ESPN report were likely to be an opinion - a biased, passionate, and defensive point of view of a basketball coach - rather than objective fact,'' DeJoseph wrote in his 30-page decision.

The lawyer for Davis and Lang, Mariann Meier Wang, wrote in the brief filed March 13 that DeJoseph should have allowed the case to go to a jury.

``The lower court's opinion should be reversed,'' Wang wrote. ``A reasonable person reading Boeheim's statements readily could conclude that he was asserting specific and damning facts, not merely blowing off steam and voicing an opinion about an old friend.''

Lawyers for Boeheim and the university filed their response last week, arguing that Boeheim's comments were opinions and thus protected by free speech.

Copyright 2017 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written
consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

  
HEADLINES
Edwards: Tuesday's Tip Sheet
Sportsbook.ag: Tuesday's Best Bet
Williams: Top 25 Betting Recap
Marshall: Bracketology Update
NCAA to give early tournament snapshot
Creighton calls on freshman to play PG
Kansas faces Kentucky in marquee game
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NCAA BK College Basketball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NCAA BK Hot Streaks
12-2 L14 Guarantees, 13-3 L6 Days
10-2 Run, 31-15 G-Plays, +2,235 TY
12-3 L15, 22-7 Picks, 13-3 G-Plays
11-2 GPlays, 13-4 Run, 43-21 L64
16-7 Last 23 CBK Picks
9-4 L13 Totals, +2,724 Overall TY
4-1 L5 Picks, 9-2 L11 G-Plays
4-2 Last Night, +2,331 TY
4-1 L5 Guaranteed Plays
3-0 L3 Days, 11-4 L15 Guarantees
6-1 CBK Record L7 Picks
5-1 L6 Over/Under Plays
4-1 Last 5 CBK Selections
6-2 L4 Days, 61% +1,367 TY
NCAA BK College Basketball Expert Sports Picks - Kentucky Wildcats Jayhawks at Tennessee Volunteers
2016 CBK SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
NeiltheGreek + 2724
Bruce Marshall + 2331
Bill Marzano + 2235
Last 7 Day Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 1295
Micah Roberts + 955
Don Anthony + 950
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Brian Edwards 61 %
Don Anthony 60 %
Michael Black 59 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bill Marzano + 1347
Scott Rickenbach + 1105
Brian Edwards + 815
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
NeiltheGreek + 2301
Antony Dinero + 1266
Bill Marzano + 615
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Kyle Hunter + 1634
NeiltheGreek + 1365
Bruce Marshall + 1350
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership