This has got to be the WTH story of the day!
Zach Tomaselli, one of the men who accused former Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine of child sexual abuse, says he has been lying the past few months and was not abused by Fine.
“It has become a burden of a lie and I am sick of it,” Tomaselli said in a email to Syracuse website CNYCentral.com. “Bobby Davis told me what to tell detectives and it pretty much took off from there. The evidence that supports me is just pure luck, not real evidence. I made the ENTIRE thing up. I have never met Bernie in my life.”
Davis, a ball boy for Syracuse teams in the 1980s, and his stepbrother Mike Lang have accused Fine of molesting them during the 1980s and ’90s.
Davis spoke with ESPN’s Mark Schwarz on Friday and denied telling Tomaselli details of his alleged interactions with Fine.
“I never said anything like that at all to the kid,” Davis told ESPN. “I just spoke to him a couple minutes. There were like two phone calls between us and they lasted a total of three to four minutes.
In a phone interview with CNYCentral, Tomaselli said “It was a game to me. It was fun trying to make this story come alive.” By email, Tomaselli went on, “I NEVER met Bernie fine or went to an autograph session. I sat in the nosebleeds at the Pitt game at the (Carrier) Dome in ’03 but that is it. I lied.”
Tomaselli, 23, was sentenced Wednesday to three years and three months in prison for sexually abusing a teen at a summer camp in Maine.
Davis and Lang are suing Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim after Boeheim contested their claims they were abused by Fine. According to the men’s lawyers, Boeheim not only defamed the two former ball boys but he also helped intimidate other people from coming forward when he called the men opportunistic liars for accusing Fine of abuse.
The lawyers made the arguments in court papers filed Wednesday, opposing motions by Boeheim and the university to dismiss the lawsuit.
I’ve said this over and over again, the sad part about this is that there are really people out there that have been sexually abused, so when false situations and allegations like this happen it always case doubt on the people that are telling the truth.