Syracuse University head basketball coach Jim Boeheim not only defamed two former ball boys but he also helped intimidate other people from coming forward when he called the men opportunistic liars for accusing an assistant coach of child sexual abuse, according to the men's lawyers.
They made the arguments in court papers filed Wednesday opposing motions by Boeheim and the university to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Bobby Davis and Michael Lang after Boeheim contested their claims that they were abused by former assistant coach Bernie Fine.
The defendants have argued Boeheim was expressing constitutionally protected opinions laced with ''rhetoric and hyperbole.''
But the men's lawyers said in the court papers that he made demonstrably false statements to discredit their clients when he spoke to a number of media outlets after the allegations against Fine were made public in November.
''Boeheim's statements not only harmed Bobby Davis and Mike Lang, they also no doubt had a substan...