Syracuse Boeheim Case Continues at New York’s High Court


The Syracuse University and head basketball coach Jim Boeheim defamation case continues at New York’s high court. The case involves allegations by plaintiffs Bobby Davis and Mike Lang, two former Syracuse University basketball ball boys, against head basketball coach Jim Boeheim and Syracuse University.

The plaintiffs allege sexual abuse by former assistant Syracuse basketball coach Bernie Fine, who was fired by the university in 2011, after a year-long federal investigation failed to result in any charges.  Current Syracuse men’s basketball head coach Boeheim told ESPN and other media that the plaintiffs were liars who made up the allegations to get money from the university, following the Jerry Sandusky matter at Penn State.  Boeheim later repeatedly apologized that his comments were his opinions and that he was wrong to question the motives of the plaintiffs.

Davis and Lang then sued Boeheim and the university for defamation in December 2011.  After having the matter thrown out at the trial court level and the Appellate Division of the State Supreme Court of New York, the plaintiffs have now taken their case to New York’s highest court, the New York Court of Appeals.

The New York high court heard oral arguments on September 9, 2014, and is expected to rule in the next few months.

If you or your company is facing a questionable lawsuit like the one against Syracuse, or you have questions about defamation claims, you need a smart, experienced business litigation attorney to represent your interests.  Attorney James J. (“Jim”) Thomas II has more than 35 years of courtroom experience in the Atlanta area, and has represented professional athletes, teams, and leagues. Jim is a business litigation expert who can handle complex business litigation as well as analysis, evaluation, and resolution of existing and potential litigation.  Give Jim a call at 404-869-5248 or visit online.

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