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Paterno Family Rebuttal (Read It) Attacks Freeh Report

By Staff
Feb 10, 2013

The Paterno family has issued a rebuttal that attacks the Freeh Report as deeply flawed.

The Freeh Report was commissioned by Penn State and cost $6.5 million and was released in July.

Joe Paterno

It concentrated on the Penn State sex scandal and investigated it thoroughly and Louis Freeh and his team concluded that Joe Paterno, along with former athletic director Tim Curley, former president Graham Spanier and former vice president of finance Gary Schultz, covered up for Jerry Sandusky's child sexual assault crimes and exhibited a disregard for the welfare of his victims.

USA Today notes, "Penn State's Board of Trustees commissioned and accepted the findings in the Freeh Report, which was used as the basis for the NCAA leveling historic sanctions against the Nittany Lions' football program and the removal of Paterno's statue from in front of Beaver Stadium."

Paterno's family disagrees.

Read the full report here.

The Paterno family response gives Joe a pass for looking the other way in 2001 when the Penn State head coach was told by assistant coach Mike McQueary that he witnessed Sandusky sexually assaulting a young boy in the showers of the Penn State football locker room.

The report notes "the Paterno-commissioned rebuttal reiterated the family's long-held stance that Paterno was fooled by Sandusky and would have had no more reason to believe he was a child molester than trained professionals, who had looked into allegations about Sandusky's behavior in 1998 and did not charge him with any crimes."

Freeh's rebuttal:

"I respect the right of the Paterno family to hire private lawyers and former government officials to conduct public media campaigns in an effort to shape the legacy of Joe Paterno.

"However, the self-serving report the Paterno family has issued today does not change the facts established in the Freeh Report or alter the conclusions reached in the Freeh Report. ...

"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."


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