Former Syracuse assistant coach Bernie Fine has filed a $11 million defamation lawsuit against ESPN, according to a report.
CNYCentral.com reported that the suit removes the ESPN reporter and producer who collaborated on the story that led to Fine's dismissal at Syracuse in November 2011. The new legal action also no longer includes the parent Walt Disney Company and the Heart Corporation. ESPN is now the only defendant in the suit
ESPN's attorneys have brought the case to federal court due to the fact that the company is based in Connecticut and Fine filed the lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court.
Fine was alleged to have sexually molested former Syracuse ball boy Bobby Davis and his stepbrother Mike Lang while they around the basketball program as children. Charges were dropped against Fine after it was learned the stories were made up.
A court hearing is scheduled for July 18.
Fine moved to Florida after he was let go at Syracuse and hasn't spoken publicly about the case.