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SBD/November 29, 2011/Media
ESPN Questioned For Sitting On Tape In Bernie Fine Case For Nearly A Decade
Published November 29, 2011
WHY WAS TAPE NOT GIVEN TO AUTHORITIES? Syndicated radio host Dan Patrick said of ESPN’s handling of the Fine story: “You have a tape with Bernie Fine’s accuser talking to Bernie Fine’s wife. … If the mothership had this for almost a decade, how did it not end up in the hands of the police? … How do you not give it to the authorities and say, ‘Guys, this is what’s been happening, this is what’s happened.’” (“The Dan Patrick Show,” 11/28). In N.Y., Dick Weiss notes there are “questions about the way ESPN and the Syracuse Post-Standard handled the Davis tape.” If the news agencies “believed the tape was evidence of criminal activity and were interested in justice for the alleged victim, why didn’t they immediately turn it over to authorities?" Weiss asks, “Why in 2011 -- eight years after it first heard the tape -- did ESPN decide to hire a voice recognition expert to verify Laurie Fine’s identity” (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 11/29). FOXSPORTS.com's Jason Whitlock writes, "We need a plausible explanation for whatever gave ESPN and The Post-Standard pause in 2003 and again last week. It can't simply be because there was no third accuser" (FOXSPORTS.com, 11/29).