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Paterno family contests Freeh report



Published: Mon, February 11, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Associated Press

State college, Pa.

Joe Paterno’s family released its response to Penn State’s report on the Jerry Sandusky scandal Sunday, attacking Louis Freeh’s conclusion that the coach hid sex abuse allegations against his longtime assistant.

In a report commissioned by the family, former U.S. Attorney General and Pennsylvania Gov. Dick Thornburgh said the investigation by former FBI director Freeh resulted in a “rush to injustice.” That report, authorized by the university, found that Paterno and three former administrators covered up child sexual abuse allegations against former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

Those findings last July were unsupported by the facts, said the family critique released.

“The lack of factual report for the ... inaccurate and unfounded findings related to Mr. Paterno, and its numerous process-oriented deficiencies, was a rush to injustice and calls into question the credibility of the entire Report,” Thornburgh was quoted as saying in the family’s analysis, posted on the website paterno.com.

Months in the making, the report was billed as an independent analysis of the work by Freeh, who defended his report Sunday.

“I stand by our conclusion that four of the most powerful people at Penn State failed to protect against a child sexual predator harming children for over a decade,” he said in a statement issued through a spokesman.

The family’s report concluded that observations related to Paterno in the Freeh report was unfounded, and were a disservice to Paterno, the university community and Sandusky’s victims “and the critical mission of educating the public on the dangers of child sexual victimization.”

The central claim that Paterno “was engaged in a conspiracy ... there’s simply no basis anywhere in the report for that finding. That in my view renders the whole report of very little value,” Thornburgh said in an interview with The Associated Press. “There’s simply nothing in this record, in the Freeh report, that indicates he was involved in any way.”

Freeh’s findings also implicated former administrators in university president Graham Spanier, athletic director Tim Curley and retired vice president Gary Schultz. Less than two weeks after the Freeh report was released in July, the NCAA acted with uncharacteristic speed in levying massive sanctions against the football program for the scandal.

“Taking into account the available witness statements and evidence, it is more reasonable to conclude that, in order to avoid the consequences of bad publicity, the most powerful leaders at Penn State University — Messrs. Spanier, Schultz, Paterno and Curley — repeatedly concealed critical facts relating to Sandusky’s child abuse,” Freeh wrote in releasing the report.

The former administrators have vehemently denied the allegations. So, too, has Paterno’s family, though a detailed counter-offensive began in earnest this weekend.

The family’s findings said that Paterno never asked or told anyone not to investigate or report an allegation made against Sandusky 12 years ago, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2001.


Comments

1Rockyroad(149 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

Methinks the lady doth protest too much, to misquote Shakespeare. However, carrying on the theme, Sue may have been playing Lady Macbeth to JoePa's version of the Scottish king. Maybe it was Sue who advised Joe to cover things up, to never relinquish the reigns at Penn State. Everyone in that locker room, players, coaches, trainers and janitors for the last 15 years knew Sandusky was a pedophile. Why do you think they let him go years before? Joe had the keys to the kingdom. He controlled everything in the manner of a king. Nothing mattered but his ambition. Sue Paterno is witness to that. The more she fights for an undeserved justice the more she will lower the image of her king. She is very fortunate that Joe was never called to testify and never held to account behind bars. She should let him rest in peace and join a knitting circle to keep busy.

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2TonyRizzo(82 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

What else do you expect the Paterno Family Paid Report to say, Joe was guilty?
Of coarse this would favor the Paterno name.
Like rockyroad said: "Joe had the keys to the Kingdom..."
Joe was part of the problem in Happy Valley, he was not part of the Perverted Homosexual Pedophile Coach solution.
You can't spin this anymore, Joe bailed out instead of being a man!
End Of Story!
15 years of hiding Sandusky at $62 million a year that's almost $1 billion dollars PSU enjoyed from the football program.
No Sympathy for those choices he made.

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