Skip to comments.ESPN Sat on Molestation Tape Since 2002
Posted on 11/28/2011 12:38:55 PM PST by Kaslin
RUSH: So this assistant basketball coach at Syracuse, this guy -- Fine is his name, Bernie Fine -- has been accused of sexually molesting boys and students for a whole bunch of years. It turns out that ESPN had a tape since 2002 with evidence. ESPN has sat on evidence for nine years because they say they couldn't corroborate it. On the tape the guy's wife cops to it, saying she witnessed it and a ball boy admits it. They say they couldn't corroborate it. I wonder if the coach's name had been Paterno if ESPN woulda sat on this for nine years. They're saying they couldn't corroborate it.
"Syracuse fired assistant coach Bernie Fine Sunday after a 2002 phone recording emerged in which Fine's wife told his accuser she was well aware that her husband had molested him. The tape had been in ESPN's possession since former team ball boy Bobby Davis legally recorded it nearly a decade ago, but the network said it didn't air it until Sunday, it said, because it didn't have corroboration. Two other men have also come forward to say Fine molested them since Davis first accused Fine. The accusations became public after Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was fired amid allegations he sexually abused young boys.
"Davis made the tape after a brief talk with police in 2002. His allegations, which he brought to ESPN and the Syracuse Post-Standard at the time, created a journalistic conundrum for both: They didn't know whether to report accusations that could be incredibly damaging to Fine, or to risk not exposing a child molester. Both news outlets opted not to report on the allegations, they said, because they couldn't find anyone to support Davis' account. Neither Davis nor ESPN passed on the tape to Syracuse University officials for an internal investigation of Fine in 2005. Syracuse chancellor Nancy Cantor noted in a statement Sunday that university officials did not have the tape at the time.
"'That is true. They did not have that tape in 2005,' ESPN's Mark Schwarz reported Sunday night. 'Bobby Davis did not know what to do with that tape. All he knew is that the Syracuse police had a cursory five-minute phone conversation with him in 2002. He then made the tape. He presented it to us. We didn't have a corroborating second alleged victim,'" and apparently no curiosity, either! Apparently no curiosity to find out anything further. But then the whole thing blew up when the coach's "wife told his accuser she was well aware that her husband had molested him." So the wife knew that this was all going on all this time!
As I say, I wonder if the coach's name were Paterno or if McNabb had been involved somehow, if ESPN woulda sat on the tape for nine years. It's really fascinating stuff. I mean, a lot of people are asking, "How do you sit on evidence like this for nine years and not have even any curiosity to find out if what you've got is a bombshell?" We're hearing all this holier-than-thou wringing of hands. "My God, the abuse of a child is going on, and nobody did anything about it! How could this coach possibly sit by?" This McQueary guy, the Penn State guy, "How could this McQueary guy let it go? How could he let it go on? How could he not stop it?" How could ESPN let it go on? How could they not take steps to stop it, corroborate it, or whatever? It's amazing.
RUSH: All right, this scandal now at Syracuse, the Bernie Fine scandal. For nine years a tape with evidence of sexual molestation of a young boy. Nine years. They said they couldn't corroborate it. For nine years they sat on it. Why not? Folks, there's this giant elephant in the room. It's the same thing happened at Penn State. Nobody wants to bring it up, nobody wants to talk about it, nobody's got the guts and the courage to talk about it, but it's there, and there's no question. You see how fast ESPN would have put out that tape if this Bernie Fine guy had said something questioning the media hype around Donovan McNabb. See how fast ESPN would have put that out if it was a young girl that was molested.
ESPN crucified Joe Paterno on the basis of a GJ report and hearsay...a bunch of sanctimonious fools.
Chickens coming home to roost, it seems....
The world of big sports, big bucks, media and sycophants is deplorable.
Actually if you put two and two together, the kid talked to police before making the tape - most likely because he wanted to expose the crime and get the guy fired at least. If the police wouldn’t listen, then maybe he could at least get justice by exposing the crime through ESPN.
From the posted article:
“”Davis made the tape after a brief talk with police in 2002. His allegations, which he brought to ESPN and the Syracuse Post-Standard at the time, created a journalistic conundrum for both: They didn’t know whether to report accusations that could be incredibly damaging to Fine, or to risk not exposing a child molester. Both news outlets opted not to report on the allegations, they said, because they couldn’t find anyone to support Davis’ account. Neither Davis nor ESPN passed on the tape to Syracuse University officials for an internal investigation of Fine in 2005. Syracuse chancellor Nancy Cantor noted in a statement Sunday that university officials did not have the tape at the time.
“’That is true. They did not have that tape in 2005,’ ESPN’s Mark Schwarz reported Sunday night. ‘Bobby Davis did not know what to do with that tape. All he knew is that the Syracuse police had a cursory five-minute phone conversation with him in 2002. He then made the tape. He presented it to us. We didn’t have a corroborating second alleged victim,’” and apparently no curiosity, either! Apparently no curiosity to find out anything further. But then the whole thing blew up when the coach’s “wife told his accuser she was well aware that her husband had molested him.” So the wife knew that this was all going on all this time!”
ESPN has some explaining to do. But once it knew, ESPN didn't give Fine ESPN's facilities as 'candy' to lure additional boys, nor let Fine orally and anally molest them on ESPN's premises, as far as we know. That can't be said of Penn State.
The ESPN Syracuse alumni chapter is very large.
ESPN covered up this abuse until they had no other option.
Can’t blame Cowherd since he is not a Syrexcuse grad.
“Mike & Mike is about all I watch on ESPN any more, ... “
Mike & Mike makes a conscious effort to do 50s and 60s style broadcasts. That is, they don’t skewer people, and they don’t play gotcha with guests. They try to be positive, focus on the sport itself as much as possible. They avoid bad language, and will very occasionally get a little naughty, but nothing I wouldn’t let a child watch.
I congratulate them, and watch every morning while I get ready.
And it's pink. Or is that lavender? The Gaystapo is ruthless, vindictive and completely in control of the press.
I’m wondering that myself. If I had the guy’s wife on tape saying that she knew about what had happened, I’d take a copy to the police and put the ball in their court (pun intended). Is it legal for one party to secretly record a conversation in New York? I know there are some states where that recording wouldn’t be admissible because they require both parties to consent recording a phone call.
As soon as I find out that ESPN's management gave Fine access to ESPN's facilities for thirteen years to lure boys for molestation, and let him orally molest and anally rape boys at ESPN, then we can talk about it.
Otherwise, we're comparing apples and lugnuts.
The article seems to say that he did go to police, and they would not do anything about it, so then he made the tape.
So Disney/ABC knew about this all this time? wow
Look at the curriculum NYC is pushing onto 11 year olds. disgusting. 11 years old is when Chastity Bono’s molestation started. That seems to be about the age that leftists are okay with it. sick freaks.
I saw a link somewhere, FB?, to Huffers Post saying Fine’s wife was also doing the kid. crazy.
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Good that Rush is talking about it. I hope he goes a lot deeper than just these two sport related homosexual molesting topics. It's endemic. It's what homosexuals do. It's their "identity". What's esepcially evil is how no one - cops, ESPN, and anyone else who knew or suspected - did anything whatsoever about it. Why do people cover up sex crimes against children by homosexuals???? Why is everyone so terrified of mentally ill sex perverts?
ESPN is full to the brim with queers, especially back office.
No doubt they covered for their fellow perverts.
Paterno did as he was supposed to, Boenheim and Syracuse ignored the kid. Boenheim still has his job and ESPN is still on the air. Fine had access to Syracuse facilities until yesterday, Sandusky's keys were taken away. Double standard much?
count me in!
This vulgar disgusting woman goes into great detail describing their depravity.
ESPN protected a child molester and his beastly wife.