Joe Paterno‘s family has decided to defend the charges and accusations presented against the former Penn State coach in regards to a cover-up of actions by former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. The university hired former FBI director Louis J. Freeh to conduct a thorough investigation of the school after allegations about Sandusky came to the surface. Freeh’s study, released July 12 of last year, concluded that several individuals including former university president Graham Spanier, athletic director Tim Curley, former vice president Gary Schultz and Paterno were involved with a cover-up of allegations that the former defensive coordinator Sandusky sexually abused several young boys.
In response, the Paterno family asked their law firm, King and Spalding of Washington, D.C. to investigate the Freeh Report. Former Attorney General Richard Thornburgh along with a strong team of experts completed a document called, The Rush To Injustice Regarding Joe Paterno. In the report, Thornburgh states,
“The lack of factual support for the [Freeh report's] inaccurate and unfounded findings related to Mr. Paterno and its numerous process-oriented deficiencies call into question the credibility of the entire report. In my opinion, the Freeh report is seriously flawed, both with respect to the process of [its] investigation and its findings related to Mr. Paterno … There was just a rush to injustice.”
Quite frankly, I am irritated by the whole thing. With all due respects to the Paterno family, they’ve ignored the biggest losers in this case, the victims of Sandusky. Let’s not make Paterno some bystander that had no knowledge of things. The school did its due diligence in investigating this case. It wasn’t like they rushed to judgment or tried to slander Paterno. He was as much a part of that university as any coach has ever been. I certainly respect the family’s need to have closure to the whole situation, but in the court of public opinion he already has lost. Even if his name is cleared and the Freeh Report was totally inaccurate, many of us will still doubt Paterno. And this doubt didn’t start last July.
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