I don't have time to dissect it, but I really shouldn't have to: this is the single worst piece of so-called journalism I've seen perpetrated in months. Talk about inventing a story; that's fucking ridiculous. It's like a how-to for being a sensationalist hack: the main players won't say anything, so she seeks out an interview from a person involved only peripherally in anything important, one whose tongue has been known to slip in the past, then takes everything he says out of context, implies an intent behind what he doesn't say (while also hypothesizing and conveniently conflating the two categories), then uses a complete non-response to prop up her ignorant fucking sensationalist soapbox. What a horrible job of reporting.
She should apply at ESPN.
(EDIT: In contrast, here is a great interview, if not necessarily a great piece of journalism. That is exactly the kind of thing I rarely or never see in sports-magazine reporting.)