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"He Thinks He's Above The Law": Bernie Fine's Wife Secretly Taped On Phone, Admits "Bernie Has Issues"

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Jim Boeheim may not be Joe Paterno, but things may be unraveling for him just as they did for Paterno. The wife of assistant coach Bernie Fine, Laurie Fine, allegedly had phone conversations with her husband's accuser, Bobby Davis, where she admitted she was aware of several of his transgressions. Davis provided the tape to ESPN's Outside The Lines in 2003. After a second accuser came forward—Davis's step-brother Mike Lang—ESPN hired a voice recognition expert who said the voice on the tape matched Laurie Fine's.

"'I know everything that went on, you know,'" Laurie Fine said on the call, obtained by Outside the Lines from Davis. 'I know everything that went on with him ... Bernie has issues, maybe that he's not aware of, but he has issues ... And you trusted somebody you shouldn't have trusted ... '"

When prompted by Davis, Laurie Fine indicated she felt there were others who were molested by her husband but that there was something in particular about Davis. Davis said that while he and Fine never engaged in oral sex, Bernie Fine did touch him inappropriately.


Davis also mentioned in the tape that he asked for, and received, a loan from Bernie Fine to help pay back his student loans some time in the late 1990's.

"When he gave you the money, what does he want for that? He wants you to grab him or he wanted to do you?" she asked.

"He wanted to do me. He wanted me to touch him, too. He tried to make me touch him a couple of times. He'd grab my hand, and then I'd pull away, and then he'd put me in your bed, and then you know, put me down, and I'd try to go away, and he'd put his arm on top of my chest. He goes, 'If you want this money, you'll stay right here,' " Davis said.

"Right. Right ... ," Laurie Fine said. "He just has a nasty attitude, because he didn't get his money, nor did he get what he wanted. He didn't get ... "

Davis interrupted her at that point and said, "It's not about the money." To which Laurie Fine replied, "It's about the d—-. I know that. So you're — I'm just telling you for your own good, you're better off just staying away from him."


Davis said he recorded the conversation because he knew he would need more than just his word against that of Bernie Fine's—a respected coach in the area for over 35 years. He needed proof and turned to Laurie Fine—with whom he had also been sexually involved—and recorded his conversations with her. At the time of the recording, both he and Fine were in states that do not require consent to record phone conversations.

Bernie Fine's wife had abuse concerns [ESPN]

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