That's not the way news orgs work, at least with breaking stories. They will print all info they have available that is cleared by Legal. Speaking generally, if a paper chooses to sit on info, there's a good chance (esp in our current social media age) that another news outlet will pick it up. No paper/news org wants to be scooped.I just assumed it was a slow drip strategy to keep up interest and clicks.
Kobe Bryant's case is an example of a celebrity/athlete using their popularity/money to avoid consequences (and vilify their accusers). No different from Ben Roethlisberger and any other white athletes. We might be able to add Cipres to that list, but at this point it's too soon to say.