Orange you glad you aren’t involved? Wife of former Syracuse coach to sue ESPN for libel

Laurie Fine, the wife of dismissed Syracuse Orange basketball coach Barry Fine, will announce this morning that she intends to sue ESPN, reporter Mark Schwarz, and producer Art Berko for libel.

If you watched television for 30 seconds last fall, you’ll recall that Barry Fine was fired from his long-time position of assistant men’s basketball coach after three men accused him of molesting them nine years ago.

The suit claims that ESPN, Schwarz, and Berko

“spitefully destroyed Laurie Fine’s reputation in an attempt to capitalize financially in the wake of the Penn State sex abuse scandal.”

The lawsuit also says that accuser Bobby Davis regularly tricked the Fines into giving him money.

Now this is going to be everywhere. Way to ruin TV again, Fine family.

Laurie Fine suing ESPN should be fun. Or the total opposite of what I just wrote.

— Hoya Suxa (@HoyaSuxa) May 16, 2012

Laurie Fine's attorney says they will speak out against "scandalous lies" that have been spread about her. Including sleeping w/players.

— Michael Benny (@MichaelBenny) May 14, 2012

Lawsuit claims @ESPN "spitefully destroyed Laurie Fine's reputation in an attempt to capitalize financially" after Penn St. scandal

— Rae Fulkerson (@RaeFulkerson) May 16, 2012

Fed suit says ESPN attacked Laurie Fine's reputation via Bobby Davis so ESPN could make money in wake of trailing in Penn St. Coverage

— Matt Mulcahy (@MattMulcahy) May 16, 2012

Laurie Fine v. ESPN does not name dollar amount requested for actual and punitive damages.She denies affair w/ Davis or knowing of any abuse

— Matt Mulcahy (@MattMulcahy) May 16, 2012

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