SU Basketball 3rd Accuser’s Story Busted

I wrote last week about the situation going on at Syracuse University with regard to the firing of Assistant Basketball coach, Bernie Fine.  In that post, I linked to a letter from Chancellor Nancy Cantor outlining the firing and that a third accuser has come forward.  I chided her and the university for possibly acting precipitously.  In that prior post, I was less than convinced by this third accuser and suggested that the Syracuse Police should check out his road trip story. Well, it looks like the Syracuse Police are apparently slower than The Daily News:

“The scene outside the arena included a one-man protest by a drenched Bob Hoatson, the founder of “Road to Recovery,” an advocacy group for victims of sexual abuse that has been calling for Boeheim’s dismissal. In a related matter, the third accuser, 23-year-old Zach Tomaselli said in a sworn statement to Syracuse police that he rode the team bus from Syracuse to a game in Pittsburgh in 2002 and was molested by Fine in the team hotel when he was just 13-years old.

But the Daily News checked the schedule for that season and discovered the team did not take a bus to Pittsburgh, but instead flew to Pittsburgh after a road game in Tennessee.

Tomaselli’s own father said the kid didn’t go on that trip and that Tomaselli was lying about it. Looks like the dad was telling the truth about the incident.  Makes you wonder what the point of his son’s claim was considering it so easily had a major hole poked in it.

I give credit where due and Chancellor Cantor has done well by Coach Boeheim. Cantor issued a public statement containing a vote of confidence for him:

“We’re very pleased with what he said Sunday night,” Cantor said. “And we stand by him.”

So am I.

About A.P. Dillon

A.P. Dillon is a freelance journalist and is currently writing at The North State Journal. She resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Find her on Twitter: @APDillon_
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