2 Men Sue Syracuse, Boeheim for Defamation

The men say they were wrongly accused of lying about abuse.

By Rachel Cohen
|  Tuesday, Dec 13, 2011  |  Updated 3:00 PM EDT
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2 Men Sue Syracuse, Boeheim for Defamation

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Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim.

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Two men who say they were sexually abused by an assistant basketball coach at Syracuse University are suing the school and men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim for defamation.

Former Syracuse ball boys Bobby Davis and Mike Lang say they were molested by assistant coach Bernie Fine.

Fine, who has been fired, has denied the allegations. A third man also has accused Fine. The U.S. attorney's office is investigating.

Attorney Gloria Allred said at a news conference Tuesday afternoon in New York City that the two men have filed a lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court.

Davis says "it really hurt me to learn coach Boeheim had accused me of lying."

Lang says when Boeheim suggested "my little brother and I were lying" he "felt sick to my stomach."

Lang adds: "Coming forward is one of the hardest things I've had to do in my life."

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