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)
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Ex-assistant Syracuse basketball coach Bernie Fine's wife, Laurie, is suing ESPN on the grounds of libel.
Now, her attorney claims that ESPN did so with malice, according to Mike Rutherford via twitter.
Lawrence Fisher, Fine's attorney, said in today's press conference that Fine has had her life ruined by lies spread by ESPN, according to Rutherford.
"The personal life that has been stolen from Laurie is why we are here today," said Fisher.
The lawsuit also talks about ESPN's desire to link this case with that of the Penn State sex scandal involving ex-assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. In the suit, it's said ESPN wanted to capitalize financially on the situation by lumping the two together.
Fine didn't have much to say at the presser but did offer the following:
"It is impossible for me to describe what ESPN has taken away from me,"
According to Fisher, settlement talks with ESPN representation have begun, but nothing appears to be imminent for the time being.