Judge tosses lawsuit by accusers of ex-Syracuse coach

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Posted: May 11, 2012 4:49 PM
Judge tosses lawsuit by accusers of ex-Syracuse coach

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York state judge on Friday dismissed the defamation lawsuit filed against Syracuse University and basketball coach Jim Boeheim by two former ball boys who accused an assistant coach of molesting them.

Bobby Davis and his stepbrother Mike Lang filed the lawsuit in December 2011 after Boeheim in media interviews called them liars for accusing his former assistant Bernie Fine of sexually abusing them as juveniles in the 1980s and 1990s.

Judge Brian DeJoseph, in the ruling filed in state Supreme Court in Onondaga County, said he decided to dismiss the case because Boeheim's comments "were likely to be an opinion - a biased passionate and defensive point of view of a basketball coach - rather than objective fact."

(Reporting by Barbara Goldberg; Editing by Daniel Trotta)