Jim Boeheim says he's stunned.
Says it's hard to believe…
…that in all the years he knew his Syracuse assistant coach, he never knew this. Never saw this.
But apparently Syracuse University has….today abruptly firing Bernie Fine after a third man accused the assistant basketball coach of molesting him nine years ago.
And now reports this wasn't a surprise. Or fine's prior alleged behavior a complete shock…reports others were aware of incidents, including fine's own wife.
The same kind of talk that for years apparently dogged Penn State football defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.
Yet from soon to be fired Joe Paterno, initially shock at the charges.
Joe didn't see it any of this coming at Penn State...
Nor did Jim at Syracuse...
In fact, Coach Boeheim even more incredulous, putting out this equally incredulous statement:
"I have known Bernie Fine for more than 40 years," he said. "I have never seen or witnessed anything to suggest that he would have been involved in any of the activities alleged."
If true, and accepting both coaches' reaction at face value, it wouldn't be the first time that those supposedly in the know, "didn't" know.
You hear it with crazy mass killers, who later are described by neighbors and acquaintances, as quiet and unassuming; the last guys you'd think would do something like this!"
"Just a really nice guy," as one associate of the late serial killer and rapist John Wayne Gacey, famously put it.
And it got me thinking.
How does this happen? How are so many so fooled by some so evil, or at least charged with something so evil?
I suspect maybe they're too busy to psychoanalyze.
Others, maybe too "normal" to even consider some around them being very "abnormal."
...which might explain "normal" people dealing with "abnormal" people by bringing them up through the "normal" chain of command.
Maybe too focused on the here and now and building a brand, to even consider the well documented reports, detailing the dark side of the guy destroying that brand.
It happens all the time. Ask any corporate whistle-blower who dares to report the underbelly of the otherwise beloved corporate beast.
"They’re" the beasts. "Not" the guys running the beast.
Until the beast is hard to ignore.
Or the beastly headlines too hard...to stop.