As far back as 2003, ESPN and The Post-Standard investigated allegations from Bobby Davis, a former Syracuse ball boy, accusing assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine of child molestation. But neither media outlet went public with Davis' claims because there was no independent evidence to corroborate the accusations. That changed shortly after the child sex-abuse scandal rocked Penn State University when a second man, Mike Lang, came forward and alleged that Fine also molested him as a child. Lang is Davis' step brother.
After previously speaking with ESPN for the network's initial "Outside The Lines" report, Lang also spoke with CNN on Tuesday. The 45-year-old explained his reaction to coverage of the scandal involving former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.
"I was sitting here in my house all alone and my stomach just turned," he said. "All I can think of is what me and my little brother went through and it's happening all over again."
Lang discussed how he would often go to Fine's house as a kid and admitted that he considered the former Syracuse assistant coach a "father figure."
However, when Fine started to allegedly touch him inappropriately, Lang said he repeatedly told him to stop but "you couldn't tell him no."
Toward the end of the interview, Lang explained what happened when Davis first told him that he had been molested by Fine. He said at first, he didn't tell Davis that he too had been molested.
"I was [embarrassed]," he said. "I kind of blamed it on myself because I'm the one who brought him along after me. Now I have all this guilt feelings that I have to live with now. I just hope that no other kids get abused, and that's the main reason why I came out and said what I had to say. I don't want this to happen to anybody else."
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