A Fine Line

November 28, 2011 1:39:57 PM PST
When O.J. Simpson's ex-wife was murdered, and Simpson stood accused of the crime, there weren't many who stood up to support the former pro football star.

But there were a few.

Including Al Michaels. I was covering the murder - and later the trial - for Good Morning America, and I wondered at the time, when Michaels - then an ABC Sports anchor - appeared on GMA to defend his friend, whether he'd come to regret his decision.

He certainly had plenty of reason to as the case unfolded, despite the ultimate jury-nullification verdict.

I was thinking of Michaels last week when Syracuse University's legendary head basketball coach Jim Boeheim came out quickly to support his long-time assistant coach Bernie Fine against allegations from two former ball boys that he molested them.

Liars - out for profits. That's how Boeheim described the self-proclaimed victims.

And then came the big reversal. Boeheim last night apologized for blasting the victims - this after a third man came forward to claim that when he was a boy, he, too, was molested by Fine. There was also the matter of a message machine recording supposedly with Fine's wife, where she supposedly admits to his wrongdoing involving kids in their house but claims he's in denial about it.

And this just in - Mrs. Fine tomorrow will reportedly come out and suggest that the surfaced recording may have been doctored.


So up at Syracuse another scandal along the same lines as Penn State. Oh, I know, I know, they're different in their details. But not really. If it's all true - then both cases may have a lot in common. Were big athletic programs being protected? And were there cover-ups - or at least big-time denials - of some important allegations and basic facts?

We'll have the latest on this latest child sex abuse scandal, tonight at 11.

Also at 11, we're at Baruch College in the Flatiron District of Manhattan, as the CUNY Board of Trustees vote on whether to raise tuition $300 a year in each of the next 4 years. That would make 5 straight years of $300 a year tuition hikes - and there's no shortage of anger over the raises.

But there may be more anger about the school's approach to the vote than the actual vote itself. Baruch officials have closed the campus, worried that protestors will disrupt the proceedings. And that decision is causing a huge kerfuffle on campus. Faculty and staff are picketing - less because of the tuition hikes than because of the clamp down on what they perceive as their freedoms.

Last week, Baruch officials found themselves calling in the cops and then had a real situation on their hands as they got rough with protesting students.

They did not want a repeat, so they decided to shut down the campus.

We'll have the latest at 11.

Our Jamie Roth tonight has a fascinating look at the hot stuff you can get for a pretty good price. Hot stuff - literally. We go inside the warehouse of PropertyRoom.Com - which acts as the clearing house for confiscated stolen property. It's property that belonged to people police departments have been unable to locate.

Pretty amazing. And just in time for the holiday. Talk about black Friday!

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, Meteorologist Lee Goldberg with his AccuWeather forecast (70 degrees today!), and Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11.


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