Jim Boeheim Lawsuit: Orange Players, Coaches Receive 'Special Treatment' In Syracuse, According To Affidavit

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 13: Attorney Gloria Allred speaks at a news conference with Bobby Davis (L) and Mike Lang (not seen) at the Renaissance Hotel in New York Times Square on December 13, 2011 in New York City. The men are being represented by Allred in a suit against Syracuse University, and its former assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine, for his alleged sexual molestation of Davis and Lang over twenty years ago. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

It looks like Bobby Davis, Mike Lang and their lawyers are going to keep slinging mud until some of it sticks.

Undeterred by a recent judgement that accusations Laurie Fine was sexually-involved with Syracuse Orange basketball players was not good enough to grant them access to SU records, Davis et al are going with their next affidavit full of accusations, this time focusing on what's apparently going on behind the scenes at SU basketball:

Davis alleged players, coaches, staff and anyone else associated with the basketball team receive special treatment in Syracuse — citing decades-old examples of players receiving free food from a local restaurant and free rentals of cars from a local dealership — because of the "critical roles" Boeheim and the university play in the community.

As the Post-Standard notes, it sounds a lot like their own 1990 investigative series "Out of Bounds," which resulted in SU forfeiting post-season play in 1993, losing a basketball scholarship for two years and being put on probation. It doesn't specifically sound like anything that hasn't already been vetted.

Basically, the affidavit is just trying to drive home the point that Syracuse Basketball is king in Onondaga County and the idea that a trial against Jim Boeheim could get fair treatment there is unlikely. There's a fair point in there, though again, it may just be an attempt to confuse the issue. Clearly I'm no legal expert but will a SU-loving judge actually be assigned the case? And even if he or she was, wouldn't they recuse themselves? Isn't that what happened with the Penn State allegations? (Help us Orange44, you're our only hope...).

At the end of the article, Davis is quoted from the affidavit saying that whenever he goes out or talks to someone on the phone, he always encounters people talking about the case and/or his situation. Not mentioned here is the add-on that, according to Davis himself, he's receives nothing but support from the people he meets in Onondaga County.

The next get-together will be February 21st when Onondaga County Supreme Court Justice Brian DeJoseph hears arguments from both sides on whether or not the defamation case should be moved from New York City to Syracuse. Boeheim’s lawyer’s motion to dismiss the suit is scheduled to be heard in New York City on March 14.

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