UNITED STATES -- Another court victory for SU basketball coach Jim Boeheim. The appellate court upheld a previous decision dismissing a libel case against Boeheim. That lawsuit had been filed by former ball boys Bobby Davis and Mike Lang in the wake of their sexual abuse allegations against former SU assistant coach Bernie Fine.
The men claimed Boeheim made defamatory statements about them when the allegations came out, but their case was dismissed by a state supreme court judge, who ruled Boeheim's comments were merely opinions and therefore protected.
The majority of the appellate justices agreed, ruling that Boeheim's statements demonstrated support for a long-time friend and colleague and that Davis and Lang's claims are without merit.