Almost every commentator on ESPN coverage in the days after the story broke voiced their displeasure toward the way Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno handled the Sandusky situation. They claimed Paterno did not do enough in the case and should have gone to police after hearing of Sandusky allegedly sexually assaulting a boy in team facilities in 2002. The commentators for ESPN said although Paterno met his legal responsibility by reporting the incident to Penn State athletic director Tim Curley, he didn't meet his moral obligation by not going to police.
Well, it's funny how a few weeks can change things.
After Paterno was fired by Penn State and ESPN wrapped up its 24-7 Penn State scandal coverage, the network broke another story about longtime assistant men's basketball coach Bernie Fine allegedly molesting two ball boys for several years.
Although the media coverage was much less intense than the nonstop, camped outside Paterno's house assault, the allegations eventually led to Syracuse dismissing Fine.
A big reason for his firing was a phone conversation released by ESPN on its Outside the Lines program on Sunday morning. In the taped conversation from October 2002, Bobby Davis, one of Fine's alleged victims, spoke with Fine's wife, Laurie Fine, about what occurred between Davis and her husband. In the tape, Laurie Fine could be heard telling Davis that she was aware of Fine molesting Davis and also admitted she thought there were other victims.
Despite the disturbing details on the tape, ESPN decided to not release the conversation when it received it in 2003 because no one else would corroborate the story. So instead of at least submitting the recorded conversation to police or in some way checking its authenticity eight years ago, the network just sat on the tape until this week. It wasn't until a second alleged victim came out earlier this month that ESPN decided to hire a voice-recognition expert to confirm that the voice speaking to Davis in the phone conversation was indeed Laurie Fine.
EVERYONE, that knew about this tape at ESPN, SHOULD BE FIRED! Those people helped to ruin Joe Paterno with glee in their hearts while they held back actual EVIDENCE about sexual abuse at Syracuse! Joe Paterno notified people including the chief administrator of campus police. What more could Joe Paterno do since he wasn't a policeman himself? Yet, these people act all self-righteous but excuse themselves as saying "Well, we didn't know if it was true or not." "We just didn't know what to do." "We're not legally obligated to share the tape with authorities." Damn bastards have no standards, no morals, and above all ALLOWED more sexual abuse to occur by not notifying police or even campus administrators! Joe Paterno has more morals in his fingernail than these bastards at ESPN.