Takedown

ESPN's Syracuse Sins

As coverage shifts from the Penn State scandal to Syracuse molestation charges, pundits will be looking for a new Paterno-esque villain to aim outrage at. Deadspin’s Tom Scocca has a suggestion: “So far, if there’s a Joe Paterno in [this] case ... it would seem to be ESPN.” The first alleged victim told his story to the sports network eight years ago—and the network did nothing about it. Why suddenly report it now? Scocca is cynical: “The network was beaten badly on covering the Penn State scandal, and here it had another potential abuse story gathering dust.”