I'll be back next week with my series on the Nikki LaDue January case.
If you want more on that case, blogger Holliston over at Cold No More is offering analysis and interviewing some of Nikki's friends.
In the meantime, I offer this.
Late Sunday evening, it was announced that Syracuse University had terminated the employment of associate head basketball coach Bernie Fine as authorities continue to investigate allegations of child molestation against him.
Fine, who is 65-years-old, was in his 36th season at his alma mater, and had been placed on administrative leave after two alleged victims came forward. The two, adults now, had previously served for years as ball boys for the team.
When a third victim contacted police and an alleged tape recording between one of the victims and Laurie Fine (Bernie's wife) surfaced (excerpts from the transcript are here), university officials decided to act and fire Coach Fine.
Now, Syracuse Head Coach Jim Boeheim, and ardent supporter of Fine, has egg on his face.
When the charges initially surfaced, Boeheim immediately criticized the two reported victims calling them "liars" to the media.
Boeheim's poor decision may be the equivalent of former Penn State president Graham Spanier's public relations blunder when Spanier insinuated that the victims in the Jerry Sandusky case were all lying in his media release.
As an administrator, issuing a statement that characterizes victims as "liars" is never a prudent move; especially silly when tempered speech should be used at the start of the investigation with so many unknowns.
In addition, an institution would not want to discourage other potential victims who might speak with authorities (as Boeheim's comments were seen as doing).
When will these folks learn the old adage: it is better to be thought of a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt?
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