Laurie Fine Is Suing ESPN For Libel

NEW YORK - FILE: Assistant coach Bernie Fine of the Syracuse Orange looks on from the sidelines during their game against the Connecticut Huskies during the quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 12, 2009 in New York City. According to reports on November 27, 2011, Syracuse University has fired assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine over allegations of child molestation. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Laurie Fine, wife of Bernie, is suing ESPN for libel.

Laurie Fine, wife of ex-assistant Syracuse basketball coach Bernie Fine, is suing ESPN for libel, according to Syracuse.com.

Fine is specifically going after reporter Mark Schwartz and producer Arty Berko of ESPN because they "spitefully destroyed Laurie Fine's reputation in an attempt to capitalize financially in the wake of the Penn State sex abuse scandal," according to her lawsuit.

It also claims ESPN "doctored and otherwise highly edited this unreliable tape for publication in 2011."

All of this comes on the heels of her husband being terminated amongst alleged inappropriate conduct with ball-boys of the team.

Fine was accused by Mike Land of molesting him when he was a youth. The news then began to spread that Mrs. Fine was allegedly involved in another capacity; having sex with Bobby Davis, Lang's stepbrother.

The lawsuit goes on to say that Laurie Fine "has been forced to sell her family home...to escape the predictable aftermath of the defendants' continued malicious publication of certain false and defamatory statements."

It continued, reading that Bernie Fine "has already moved to another state to escape the same."

This will be a story to watch as it plays out in the following days and months.

For more on this story, please keep it here at SB Nation New York and check out Dunes Magician for all the latest news and updates.

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