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My Take: A little more agnosticism from Boeheim, please
Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim, who initially called sex abuse allegations against assistant coach Bernie Fine “a bunch of a thousand lies.”
December 1st, 2011
01:42 PM ET

My Take: A little more agnosticism from Boeheim, please

Editor's Note: Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion scholar and author of "God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions that Run the World," is a regular CNN Belief Blog contributor.

By Stephen Prothero, Special to CNN

One problem in this country is that Americans know too much about things they know nothing about.

A presidential candidate who got a D in economics presumes to tell the Chairman of the Federal Reserve how to conduct monetary policy. The wife of another presidential candidate says she knows precisely what her husband was or wasn’t doing on his business trips. And atheists and believers alike claim certain knowledge on questions that are clearly beyond our ken.

It seems to me that the United States could use a little more of what philosophers refer to as epistemological humility — admitting what we do not know.

Socrates famously stated in Plato’s “Apology” that he knew that he knew nothing, intimating that awareness of our own ignorance is the beginning of true wisdom. If so, true wisdom is in short supply in America today.

Take Penn State president Graham Spanier, who initially gave his "unconditional support" to his athletic director and his senior vice president for finance and business in the sex abuse scandal there. He called the charges "groundless," adding, "I have complete confidence in how they have handled the allegations about a former University employee."

Shortly thereafter, both officials stepped down, and each is now facing charges of perjury.

Or, take Jim Boeheim, a coach nearly as legendary in NCAA basketball as the recently fired Joe Paterno is in NCAA football. What did he do when allegations of sexual abuse surfaced nationally on November 17 against his long-time assistant Bernie Fine? Referring to one of Fine’s accusers, Boeheim said, “It is a bunch of a thousand lies that he has told.”

How did Boeheim know these allegations were false? Obviously, he did not. How could he possibly know what Fine did or did not do behind closed doors in hotel rooms or private homes?

But instead of admitting his ignorance, he said something truly unwise. Like so many other people in power before him, he ran to the defense of his friend.

After new allegations and new evidence emerged against Fine, who had served as an assistant coach for the Orangemen for 35 years, Syracuse fired him on Sunday. There are now investigations targeting Fine in both Syracuse and Pittsburgh, where his most recent accuser, Zach Tomaselli, claims that Boeheim's assistant tried to molest him in a hotel in 2002.

So now Boeheim is backtracking. In a statement released on Facebook, he called the most recent accusations against Fine “disturbing and deeply troubling.” He said he was “very shocked because I have never witnessed any of the activities that have been alleged.” And he called the University’s decision to fire his assistant “appropriate.”

Boeheim also said he regretted the statements he made earlier about this matter, admitting that he might have set back the investigation by inhibiting those he labeled liars from speaking their minds.

On Tuesday, in his first press conference since Fine's firing, Boeheim began, inappropriately, with a joke about how many reporters were in the room.  He then went on to demonstrate that he still doesn't get it. He didn't say, "I'm sorry." He didn't say he was wrong. And he certainly didn't say he was stupid.

There was one glimmer of hope, however, in an otherwise dark performance. In response to a question about his job status, Boeheim seemed to be inching toward some awareness of his own ignorance. "I do my job," he said. "What happened on my watch, we will see. When the investigation is done, we will find out what happened on my watch. We don't know what happened on my watch right now."

I understand why Boeheim initially came so forcefully to the defense of his friend. I also understand why Paterno at Penn State might have wanted to give his assistant, Jerry Sandusky, the benefit of the doubt in a parallel case now haunting Penn State. These same motivations, in my view, moved Roman Catholic clergy to cover up the sexual sins that have stained their Church for decades.

But sometimes leaders have to choose between being friends and being leaders. Sometimes they have to choose between being stupid and being wise. Jim Boeheim failed on both accounts in November. What he should have said was, "I don't know."

Fine says the accusations against him are “patently false in every aspect.” Are they? I don’t know. I wish Boeheim had been wise enough to admit the same weeks ago, when a little agnosticism could have done a lot of good.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Stephen Prothero.

- CNN Belief Blog contributor

Filed under: Sexuality • Sports • United States

soundoff (219 Responses)
  1. HeavenSent

    Heaven sent us tsunamis, earthquakes, hurricanes and other natural disasters that have killed many innocent victims, plus cancers, typhoid, malaria, lupus and many other horrible diseases that have caused horrible suffering and death.

    Wow, god is quite a mean and evil bast-ard, that's for sure.

    December 3, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  2. Bob

    Now, now, fred, you still haven't escaped the question, after all your dodging. Here we go again. We're on to you:

    Buck up and answer: do you condemn the eternal torture that your god metes out for even minor transgressions during a short mortal life?

    Answer up. It's smack down time on your sicko Christian beliefs.

    December 2, 2011 at 7:44 pm |
    • fred

      It is your lucky day I have the answer but I have hidden it.
      Bring a flashlight.

      December 2, 2011 at 7:47 pm |
    • fred

      Let's see, Jesus said the adulterous women "neither do I condemn you now go and sin no more"

      December 2, 2011 at 7:51 pm |
    • Chad

      @Bob "Buck up and answer: do you condemn the eternal torture that your god metes out for even minor transgressions during a short mortal life?"

      =>you misunderstand the nature of "eternal torture", and the nature of our relationship with God. That causes you to frame the question in an inaccurate manner.

      In reverse order:
      – humans once enjoyed fellowship with God
      – that fellowship was broken (disobedience, knowledge of good and evil, corruption of humans and this earthly environment)
      – we then existed in an estranged relationship, we are enemies of God
      – God created the Israelites as a people, and established the Law (a set of rules that if STRICTLY adhered to, would mean that you could re-establish a relationship with God and spend eternity with Him instead of remaining in our estranged state after death).
      – over the course of 2500 years, God showed the Israelites how they repeatedly failed to live up to the terms of the Law.
      – having established that NO ONE WOULD EVER be able to live according to the law, God then sent Jesus Christ as an atoning sacrifice that if a person realizes their condition, and accepts that sacrifice, that person would be reunited with God and no longer be an enemy.

      That's the situation, and the terms of the old(adhere strictly to the Law, even the smallest transgression breaks all of it) and new(accept the sacrifice of Jesus on your behalf) covenants.

      So, to address your question:
      – There is no such thing as a "minor transgression", if you want to get into heaven under the terms of the Old Covenant, the entire Law must be perfectly kept. That is the terms of the covenant.
      – "eternal torment" is what happens when you die and you realize that God is real, and you are now, forever and permanently estranged from Him. God isn't baking you on a spit.

      If you don't like the situation, you're welcome to argue your case with God when you meet Him.

      December 4, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
  3. aric

    Well put! Finally, someone who can say it like it is. For some reason we have found it unacceptable to say "I don't know," or "I'm looking into it," and people end up saying what they think, want to believe, or worse, defending things on what they insist are true. Ignorance and arrogance can be an annoyingly destructive mix. Fine article. My kudos to Mr. Prothero.

    December 2, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  4. Sock-Ra-Tease

    Earth to Christians, i.e., all 38,000 denominations – There is no more empirical evidence for the existence of Yahweh than there is for the existence of any of the hundred thousand or so gods worshipped on Earth today.

    Given the complete lack of evidence to justify the absurd claims of Christianity, there is no room for certainty.

    As Christopher Hitchens says,” What can be asserted without proof, can be dismissed without proof”.

    The next time you Christians go to church, don’t check your brains at the church house door.

    December 2, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
    • dave

      I know several hundred people who were slowly killing themselves and hurting their loved ones and society by their behavior.

      As result of honest sharing, prayer and the use simple spiritual tools, they changed their lives completely. They give credit to their Higher Power.

      Maybe that is not prooof, but it is good enough for me.

      December 2, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
    • Answer

      @dave

      "they changed their lives completely. They give credit to their Higher Power."

      It is useless to give credit to a higher power.
      The pure matter at hand is the desire to/for change! People who do not have a will to change for the better will simply proceed to a faster death on their current destructive path. Behind all the religious sanctimonious garbage talk on it, there is no basis to accept it as evidence. You choose to accept it – good for you. Too bad it is still garbage 'belief'.

      What most d-i-p-s-h-i-t-s fail to understand from these "crediting' is the underlying psychology of the said basis. Stupid people will attribute anything to a god for this fallacy – but can never understand the pure motivation of NOT WANTING TO DIE. If that person mentioned from your comment did not want to change then no c-r-a-p-p-y praying, nor begging will ever prevent that person to proceed onwards to their death. That is pure fact of the matter.

      All you can do (and did do!) is just nod along because you already support the supposition for the basis of a divine ent-i-t-y and thus confirm your belief system by retelling the story. It's frankly quite retarded.

      December 2, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
    • Answer

      Religious tools never want to accept pure facts – that they themselves and their own minds- are so much more powerful than they can ever imagine yet they make no effort to realize it. Always wanting for that 'magic' to come from the outside! Always begging others to believe it came from the outside. Not wanting to accept that they themselves can and will always affect their own lives.

      What a complete bunch of d-i-p-s-h-i-t-s. It's so retarded to attribute things to 'nothing' when your own mind helps you to recover and live.

      December 2, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
    • aric

      @Dave
      I whole heartedly agree, but only 50% 😉

      As a Christian who has left the church, I can say that religion is a very powerful and wonderful experience in one's life (if that's your thing). However, I left the church not because people seemed to check their brains in at the church door (though some really do and should stop). I left because what was to be an intimate and spiritual discipline to enrich an individual's life has become a social reform movement that is seeping into our government and doubles as an excuse to misbehave and socially abuse others. Religion has moved away from a life long effort at being a really cool person to making your weekly donation at the church for an empty promise of something better. The privatization of all things unknown; how American.

      December 2, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  5. The Bobinator

    > It's true Bob. Your mortal life will end, and all your arguments will fail with God.

    Which God? What if God had created religion as a test to see if people could figure out it was nonsense. His arguments would help him then wouldn't they?

    > Unless you repent, your venomous rants will continue in he'll, along with the regrets of not taking God up on his simple, free, gracious offer.

    It's not free. You have to admit you're a worthless sinner who is ultimately flawed and needs help to not be so. What a mindless bunch of prattle. Who made us flawed Bob? Because if God made us flawed, he can't really blame us for being flawed. Much like if I make a house out of nerf and it is not structurally sound, I'd be a fool to blame the nerf house.

    > Repent and believe in His Son, and you will be saved.

    Accept logic and reason and dispel these silly myths and you can save what life you have left in the only life we're sure that we get.

    > I'll pray for you

    The greatest cop out ever. I can't address your points, so I'm going to say I'm going to pray for you so that I can still try and keep some sort of valid standpoint in this argument. What you're really doing is putting your fingers in your ears and going "LA LA LA LA LA LA LA".

    December 2, 2011 at 10:51 am |
  6. christian soldier

    Non-believers who do not repent will burn in hell, and rightfully so. They deserve it.

    December 2, 2011 at 12:10 am |
    • Brandon

      And where is your biblical evidence for that? Did you know in Ecclesiastes it says "the dead know not anything" implying they are in an unconscious state. Preach a message of love not hate just as Jesus did. Do not accept sinners as they are but instead tell then jesus will accept and forgive them!

      December 2, 2011 at 1:54 am |
    • Angus

      I don't see any sinners anywhere. Who are you guys talking about?

      December 2, 2011 at 2:25 am |
    • tallulah13

      Of course, this is just an empty threat because there has never been any proof of any god or satan, heaven or hell. That's pretty sad, because "christian soldier: really wants people who don't believe exactly like him to suffer for all eternity. That's the kind of guy he is.

      December 2, 2011 at 2:29 am |
    • Sir Craig

      Talk about knowing everything about something they know nothing about...christian soldier is a fine example of that particular bit of idiocy.

      December 2, 2011 at 7:53 am |
    • busted

      To the original Christian soldier-Recognize any one of the handles above? One troll tallulah13 sticks out...be warned about this troll. It will hijack your handle post and come back to rebuff...see if you see this pattern in other posts where fake Christian soldier handle is used .

      December 2, 2011 at 9:36 am |
    • EnjaySea

      If your god exists, and refuses to show his face, then punishes those who don't believe, then he himself should be the one suffering in hell.

      December 2, 2011 at 11:49 am |
    • Answer

      Yes it's true that we non-believers will get what we deserve! A world without stupid religious garbage because we fought to change your religious bigotry and control! We will educate you morons to extinction. That is why we created the internet!

      Time for threats and instilling your stupid brand of fear is ending and ending faster with each and every day.

      December 2, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
    • christian thinker

      Hell exists within the mind and heart. Based on your selfish and unchristian comment it's clear what lives in yours.

      A true christian has no enemies (Jesus himself said love thy enemy). Turn those comments to love and celebrate those you share this world with you. Show tolerance and love. Words like yours ushers the essence of Hell into God's world. Now stop your BS and go out into the world and make people smile like a real christian soldier.

      December 2, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
    • EnjaySea

      @Brandon, thanks for pointing out the lack of evidence for hell in the bible. However I would go much further with that argument. If hell was mentioned on every page of the bible, it still wouldn't be evidence. Putting something in writing does not cause it to exist.

      December 2, 2011 at 7:20 pm |
  7. Bob

    Now, fred, you still haven't escaped the question, after all your dodging. Here we go again. We're on to you:

    Buck up and answer: do you condemn the eternal torture that your god metes out for even minor transgressions during a short mortal life?

    Answer up. It's smack down time on your sicko Christian beliefs.

    December 1, 2011 at 8:33 pm |
    • Rob

      I was just cruisin thru and felt a need to respond to that Q even though I am not Fred.

      Judgement belongs to God, no earthly human being is being called upon to judge another. Having said that, why would your life focus be on disobeying God's laws?

      December 1, 2011 at 9:03 pm |
    • Bobs friend

      It's true Bob. Your mortal life will end, and all your arguments will fail with God. Unless you repent, your venomous rants will continue in he'll, along with the regrets of not taking God up on his simple, free, gracious offer. Repent and believe in His Son, and you will be saved

      December 1, 2011 at 10:02 pm |
    • christian soldier

      Actualy God doesn't mete out eternal torture for even minor transgressions. He has given us a Saviour. If you repent of your sins and believe in Him, you will be spared eternal torture.

      December 1, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
    • Gnab Gnib

      What "god"? Where is he/she/it ??

      If I told you that MY nameless "god" was actually the real one and that YOU are going to be tortured forever if you don't believe everything I say about it, then I guess I win by default since you seem to think such batshlt crazy arguments are okay!

      How sad that you love dreaming of hell and threatening everyone with an empty threat, you pathetic excuse for a "Christian"!!!!
      Since nothing you say makes any sense and is provably a lie, tell us why anyone would believe you in the first place if they weren't as rabid as you?
      Go ahead and use your hallucinations to explain how it all makes sense according to a special system of lies you happen to use when it suits you. Go ahead. We all have nothing better to do than to waste time listening to your wannabe-mini-sermons and wannabe-philosophical-arguments based on sheer wanton disregard for the truth.

      December 1, 2011 at 11:24 pm |
    • Lol pwnt

      Lol. pwnt.

      December 1, 2011 at 11:41 pm |
    • Bobs friend

      @Gnab I'll pray for you:
      Lord: There is sinner too sinful, mo heart so hard, that you cannot change. Without you, we all are lost. My heart was once hard as many ppl here. Yet you gave me a new heart and a new life. Have mercy on all hard hearted people.
      AMEN

      December 1, 2011 at 11:51 pm |
    • Harry

      Gnab Gnib – did you escape from some looneybin? are you capable of understanding that your comments have no relevance to the original question that Bob has raised.

      December 1, 2011 at 11:57 pm |
    • Brandon

      Those who actually read the bible know hell doesn't exist. Any mention of an eternal torture actually refer to a limited period of time (eternal in the biblical sense can mean both). In ecclesastes there is quite a few verses explaining the unconscious state of the dead.

      December 2, 2011 at 1:57 am |
    • Sir Craig

      Sorry, Rob, but I don't feel the need to let some unknown, unseen, immaterial, (and if you believe that biblical nonsense, somewhat horrific) invisible sky daddy judge me, especially if it is going to be interpreted by his/her/its very mortal adherents here on terra prime. Basing our lives around a non-existent afterlife is no way to live and is non-altruistic to boot. Rather, we should understand what our actions do to our fellow lifeforms and act accordingly. Far simpler and makes a heck of a lot more sense.

      December 2, 2011 at 8:00 am |
    • Madtown

      christian soldier
      ...you will be spared eternal torture.
      --------
      We're told God is just. So, why eternal penalty for "sin" committed during a finite time? Very much unjust. We're told God is love. So, why would someone be "tortured"? Very much unloving.

      December 2, 2011 at 9:43 am |
  8. Frank Castle

    WHY IS IT SO HARD TO FATHOM THAT PEOPLE WE DO NOT KNOW ALL HAVE PARTS IN THIS PLAY WE CALL....LIFE ! and in life, stuff happens. It is inevitable! Life plays out 24/7 365 and during this time we see, sometimes we hear about the ugliness that goes on while we're trying to play our part. THE BOEHEIM'S AND THE PATERNO'S OF THE WORLD ARE BUGS ON OUR WINDSHIELDS. THE PROBLEM LIES IN WHETHER YOUR WINDSHIELD WIPERS WORK SO THAT YOU CAN SPRAY SOME WATER THEN WIPE THE MESS AWAY SO YOU CAN SEE BETTER THAN YOU COULD BEFORE THE SPLAT ! MOVE ON, THEY DO NOT EVEN KNOW YOU EXIST, LET ALONE CARE ! ITS THE LITTLE GUYS YOU SHOULD BE THINKING ABOUT...THEY HAVE TO LIVE WITH IT.

    December 1, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
    • Pastafarian

      As ignorant and annoying as they are, posts in all caps just seem more believable.

      December 1, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
    • christian soldier

      The bible gives us all the answers. Believers will live in eternal happiness in heaven. Sinner will burn in hell where they belong.

      December 2, 2011 at 12:11 am |
    • tallulah13

      christian soldier really likes the thought that people who don't think exactly like he does will suffer forever. This makes him feel powerful. Of course, since there is no proof of god or satan or heaven or hell, his comments generally make him look like a creepy sociopath.

      December 2, 2011 at 2:32 am |
  9. Rob

    Stephen, the irony here is you feel it's okay to criticize Jim Boeheim for 'being a friend and not a leader' and 'being stupid' because of his actions.
    Really? You know Jim that well to know he's stupid and a bad leader? Or is it a conclusion you came to reading the details of the story as it unfolded.
    Maybe you should follow your own advice and say 'I don't know' rather than give us this 'judging others' double standard.

    December 1, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
    • News Flash

      What Prothero knew was that this guys said that the accusers were not telling the truth, without bothering to look for the truth, and pre-judging them. And now you want Prothero to NOT pre-judge him ?

      December 1, 2011 at 8:29 pm |
    • Rob

      Yes, exactly. Thank you for helping me make my point.

      December 1, 2011 at 9:14 pm |
    • Rob

      If you live in glass houses you shouldn't throw, well you know...

      December 1, 2011 at 9:16 pm |
  10. Reality

    And then there is Prothero who appears to change his beliefs at least once a week.

    December 1, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  11. Spartan

    Public opinion seems to indicate that Stephen Prothero is the minority in his views.

    December 1, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
    • John

      What the heck, he got paid for them anyway.

      December 1, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  12. The_Mick

    "How did Boeheim know these allegations were false? Obviously, he did not. How could he possibly know what Fine did or did not do..." How did this writer, Prothero, know what Boeheim did or did not do? He blames Boeheim for forming conclusion with no evidence, by forming conclusions with no evidence! I could care less whether Boeheim's innocent or guilty. But illogical mud-slinging is not the way to find out!

    December 1, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  13. Ed

    Does anyone remember the McMartin Day Care case? Remember how SO many people knew then? A family was ruined because of false accusations. The author is not privy to all the facts. Mr. Prothero, there is nothing wrong in supporting a friend you have known for almost 4 decades. It is called trust. It is called belief in one's fellow man. Mr. Boeheim was basing this trust largely in part of accusations investigated in 2005 that proved (with the evidence available then) that the accusers were lying. Now an audiotape – made available to the press then – but not released until November of this year – adds new information. Your opinion is without merit, Mr. Prothero.

    December 1, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  14. John

    Haven't read this guy before, but wonder how he feels about the cover up that has occurred within the Catholic church?

    December 1, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  15. Doc Wallace

    Back off, you sanctimonious cretins! Jim Boeheim is one of the classiest men in college sports. He was totally sandbagged by this. There is great pity and understanding that needs to go out to the victims, but I, for one, have real sympathy for a guy who was misled and betrayed by a trusted friend and colleague. There is an anti-college sports witch hunt that is frothing at the mouth over this. Absent a scintilla of evidence, what was he supposed to do – divine the private behavior of a man who was ostensibly virtuous? I hope that none of you ever has a "friend" who betrays your trust – because it should cost YOU your job. Find another cause for your misdireted energy!

    December 1, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
    • makes sense

      Boeheim agrees with the author by his statements the next day: "I'm not Joe Paterno. Somebody didn't come and tell me Bernie Fine did something and I'm hiding it. I know nothing.". I believe the only point being made is that he could have taken a less combative stance initially (calling accuser a liar out for money) when he actually knew nothing.

      December 1, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
    • Frank Castle

      YO Doc ! Before you get all lathered up again about Boeheim, do yourself a favor and think about this...How many Division 1, 2, or 3 basketball programs take THEIR BALLBOY ON TOURNAMENT TRIPS AWAY FROM THE UNIVERSITY ? Give it some thought, Doc....no problem, I'll give you a couple more minutes....Ok, times up...The ANSWER IS ZERO, DOC...YES,THE PROVERBALLY GOOSE EGG...0....NOBODY TAKES THEIR BALLBOY ON TRIPS ! BUT THE JIM BOEHEIM SYRACUSE BASKETBALL TEAM DID ! BUT COACH KNOWS NOTHING ! HE NEVVVER SAW THE KID WITH ANDY FINE...NEVER. HE HAD NO KNOWLEDGE...YOUR TELLING ME THAT BOEHEIM NEVER WENT TO FINE'S HOTEL ROOM...NEVER! THAT HE NEVER SAW THE "BALLBOY?" THAT BOEHEIM NEVER MET WITH FINE TO TALK BASKETBALL IN HIS ROOM? COME ON, DOC...BOEHEIM SAW THE KID...BECAUSE THE KID SAW BOEHEIM! RIGHT THEN AND THERE, JIM BOEHEIM HAD A DUTY & OBLIGATION TO ASK THE $64,000.00 QUESTION DOC...AND...HE DID NOT! YES, DOC, BOEHEIM WILL LOSE HIS JOB OVER THIS AND HE SHOULD. WHY...BECAUSE BALLBOYS NEVER GO TO AWAY GAMES... AND...BECAUSE 50 PLUS YEAR OLD MEN DO NOT HAVE YOUNG BOYS STAY IN THEIR HOTEL ROOMS...THAT IS A VIOLATION...STUPID IS STUPID DOES!

      December 1, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
    • News Flash

      If he "knew nothing", then as Mildew said, he should have just shut up.

      December 1, 2011 at 8:31 pm |
  16. Justin in Dallas

    What a crock! Mr. Prothero would that even a whisper of wrongdoing would have us turning our backs on our friends. The impassioned defense of a friend (whether right or wrong) is a natural response to ludicrious allegations. Based on what he knew of Fine's past behavior, these seemed outrageous claims to Boheim and he had and has every right to defend his friend's name. We are lucky enough to live in a society that at least claims to believe in innocence until proven guilty. Where is Fine's benefit of the doubt?

    December 1, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
    • News Flash

      If all he was, was a friend, then maybe. But he WAS NOT JUST A FRIEND. He was a college official, and THAT is why he got himself fired.

      December 1, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
  17. Tom

    Talk is cheap. Loyalty and friendship are not! I see a guy looking out for a friend. Let's say that he said "oh, i don't know",the next question would have been "Why didn't you know?" and the next question would have been "isn't it your job to know?" and the next question would have been "so what EXACTLY do you know?" etc.,etc.,etc. I have more respect for a person who stands up for a friend and runs the risk of being proven wrong than I do for a person who would rather be a "fair weather" friend. You probably are a great "fair weather" friend.

    December 1, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
    • Leaf on the Wind

      I agree with the author of this article. He should have said something like "I believe these allegations about my friend and collegue to be lies, however, I prefer not to comment further until a full investigation has been conducted on the matter." Instead, he made a strong statement that the alleged victims were lying. Just not very smart, is all.

      December 1, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  18. Ron

    Spoken like a pseudo-intellect who has no job responsibility except fondling his own opinion.

    December 1, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  19. truth

    These comments only verify the article. Everyone, get their heads outta their asses (myself INCLUDED) and actually learn about the issues at hand that you're so vehemently opinionated over.

    December 1, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  20. Who_Dey_AJ

    To quote directly from Mr. Prothero's first sentence: "One problem in this country is that Americans know too much about things they know nothing about."

    Mr. Prothero – please heed your own advice and do not comment about the Syracuse (or any other alleged) scandal unless and until you know, or are privy to, ALL the facts.

    December 1, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
    • Robert

      You obviously need to read his article again. He is not commenting about the scandal. He is commenting about comments made about the scandel. The whole point of his article is about doubt. He lists facts that happened.

      December 1, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
    • Who_Dey_AJ

      @Robert – I've read the article in its entirety.

      You assert that Mr. Prothero is merely "commenting on comments made about the Syracuse scandal" – something of which he cannot possibly know ALL the relevant and pertinent facts .

      If that's your assertion, then yes, Mr. Prothero should heed the advice of his very first sentence.

      At the same time I would suggest you need to work on your lack of critical thinking skills and simple logic.

      December 1, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
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