Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 1/16/12

SALT LAKE CITY - MARCH 25: Head coach Jim Boeheim of the Syracuse Orange reacts during the west regional semifinal of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament against the Butler Bulldogs at the Energy Solutions Arena on March 25, 2010 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Bulldogs defeated the Orange 63-59. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
With his fourth accuser recanting, his third accuser debunked, his second accuser conspicuously low-key and the federal investigation seemingly quiet, it's time to ponder whether Bernie Fine, the media-lynched longtime Syracuse basketball assistant, is a victim of homophobia, greed and cowardice. From the outset, the child-molestation allegations leveled against Jim Boeheim's former senior assistant needed to be viewed with skeptical eyes and ears. Now, with Floyd VanHooser admitting publicly that he lied when he said Fine molested him as a child, maybe the public and the media are prepared to consider the real possibility that the supposedly damning, secretly recorded audiotape of a phone conversation between Laurie Fine and Bobby Davis doesn't reveal what everyone thinks it does. There's a chance, as Fine's wife insinuated on the tape, the "crime" Bernie Fine got away with for decades was living in the closet as a gay man, not child molestation. Again, I don't know Bernie Fine...
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