unfortunately for espn, its their own fault that the credibility is so low
In ESPN's second paragraph, it claims ownership of this story by citing its own sources. So the network is very much on the hook, and, despite what some here say, ESPN is not just "reporting what someone else reported."
Evidence is for the prosecutor to bring about -- not ESPN.
For the record, I have not convicted anyone. I just believe that in a case like this, given the credibility (or lack thereof) of the person(s) in question, there could well be smoke where there is fire.