What I do know, based on Schwarz’s juvenile “reporting,” is the Worldwide Leader didn’t have nearly enough evidence to air such a reputation-damaging story. Schwarz acquired just enough information — two vague, mumbling on-camera interviews from Fine’s accusers — to protect ESPN from a lawsuit. Schwarz did the legal minimum.
Was his story sound journalism? Was his story remotely fair? No, and hell no.
Let me repeat: I’m not exonerating Bernie Fine. I don’t know him. I don’t know what he’s capable of doing and/or hiding.
What I know is you don’t destroy a person’s reputation with two highly flimsy accusations.” – Jason Whitlock, Fox Sports