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Paterno family condemns ‘leaking of selective emails’

Beth Jenkins AP

Even with a jury of his peers convicting Jerry Sandusky more than a week ago of being a serial pedophile, the scandal that’s dominated headlines in and out of the world of college football since last November shows no signs of slowing down.  At all.

As Ben wrote late last week, a CNN report detailed new emails exchanged among PSU administrators in 2001 suggesting there was a planned cover-up for Sandusky beginning 16 days after former Nittany Lions assistant coach Mike McQueary allegedly saw Sandusky in the showers of an on-campus facility with a young boy.

The leak of emails and other information related to what looks, walks and talks like a coverup at the highest level of the Penn State administration has continued to erode the legacy of several former school officials, including iconic ex-head coach Joe Paterno.  It was intimated in those emails obtained by CNN through unknown sources that Paterno had knowledge of the decision to not report the allegations made against Sandusky to authorities outside the university.

In response to that report the family of the deceased coach released a statement stressing that “Paterno warned against a rush to judgment in this case” and he “testified truthfully, to the best of his recollection,” referring to the coach’s eight-minute appearance in front of a grand jury early last year.

Three days later, the family has released another statement, condemning the “the leaking of selective emails over the last few days” and “calling on the Freeh Group and the Attorney General’s office to immediately release all emails and records they have related to this case.”

Here’s the statement, in its entirety.

With the leaking of selective emails over the last few days, it is clear that someone in a position of authority is not interested in a fair or thorough investigation. To be clear, the Paterno family does not know the source or sources of these leaks.  The question that needs to be asked is why this breach of confidentiality, which seeks to preempt the Freeh report and undermine the courts, is not being objected to or otherwise addressed by those in a position of authority. It should not be the responsibility of the Paterno family to call for an honest, independent investigation. Given the seriousness and complexity of this case, everyone should be demanding the full truth, not just carefully selected excerpts of certain emails.

Releasing these emails in this way is not intended to inform the discussion but to smear former Penn State officials, including Joe Paterno. The truth is Joe Paterno reported the 2001 incident promptly and fully. He was interviewed by the Grand Jury for a total of 8 minutes and told the truth to the best of his recollection. He was never interviewed by the University. He was not afforded due process and his story was never fully told.  And he was never allowed to see the files and records that are now in question. In spite of these facts, however, numerous pundits and critics are exploiting these disconnected and distorted records to attack Joe Paterno.

Accordingly, the Paterno family today is calling on the Freeh Group and the Attorney General’s office to immediately release all emails and records they have related to this case. The public should not have to try and piece together a story from a few records that have been selected in a calculated way to manipulate public opinion. Joe Paterno didn’t fear the truth, he sought the truth. His guidance to his family and his advisors was to pursue the full truth.  This is the course we have followed for 9 months. It is the course we will follow to the end.

The Freeh Group is headed by former FBI director Louis Freeh and is charged with conducting the school’s independent internal investigation into the scandal.  The full report is expected to be released later this year.

Sandusky was convicted last month  on 45 count relating to the sexual abuse of 10 children over a 15-year period, some of which occurred on the Penn State campus and in the football building’s locker room and/or showers.

The school is bracing itself for a slew of civil lawsuits that have already been or will be filed in the not-too-distant future.

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56 Responses to “Paterno family condemns ‘leaking of selective emails’”
  1. southernpatriots says: Jul 2, 2012 7:28 PM

    Hopefully, all emails and information will be released pertaining to the rape and molestation of minor children by the now convicted child molester Sandusky, but not released until all others who were involved in the cover-up are identified and tried, to avoid a mis-trial. The prosecutors know they cannot try in the media those alledgedly involved in the cover-up.

    It appears the civil law suits will cost Penn State’s insurance companies and the insurance companies of its administrators and employees quite a bit.

    I understand that each employee is provided with pre-paid liability insurance and also access to larger “blanket” policies. The law suits will likely total far more than any insurance coverage and may leave the state taxpayers vulnerable as well as the Paterno estate.

    Most victims of Sandusky did not want to bring law suits but after some recent revelations they may well be considering it now, if the statute of limitations in Pennsylvania law does not kick in for most.

  2. rsmeans says: Jul 2, 2012 7:33 PM

    Not only should the corrupt Joe Paterno be barred from a stadium name and his records but the family should be banned from attending PSU events. The whole Paterno family is a sore eye on the entire PSU program.

  3. spreadthecheese says: Jul 2, 2012 7:37 PM

    This is just…bad.

  4. jonanthans says: Jul 2, 2012 7:55 PM

    Keep diggin and we may find out Sue Paterno was baking the cookies that lured the kids to the showers.

    At this point, I’m not sure anything would surprise me.

  5. deadeye says: Jul 2, 2012 8:03 PM

    “The truth is Joe Paterno reported the 2001 incident promptly and fully. He was interviewed by the Grand Jury for a total of 8 minutes and told the truth to the best of his recollection. He was never interviewed by the University. He was not afforded due process and his story was never fully told. And he was never allowed to see the files and records that are now in question. In spite of these facts, however, numerous pundits and critics are exploiting these disconnected and distorted records to attack Joe Paterno.”

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    The odds are very slim that JoePa actually confided in his family regarding the details of his role in the Sandusky coverup, so we understand your desire to protect his reputation. But please don’t try to tell us your version of “the truth”. That’s the last thing anyone got from PSU officials up until 2011.

  6. takingbovadasmoney says: Jul 2, 2012 8:03 PM

    Joepa and ShadyJay should have condemned Sandusky when they had the chance.

  7. animal47 says: Jul 2, 2012 8:08 PM

    If it does come out that Paterno wanted to tell authorities but was told not to… then .. Ohhh My!!!!!

  8. deadeye says: Jul 2, 2012 8:17 PM

    “If it does come out that Paterno wanted to tell authorities but was told not to… then .. Ohhh My!!!!!”

    ======================

    This scenario could only happen in a bizzaro world where JoePa somehow didn’t wield more power than everyone else at PSU. But since we all know that he DID wield more power than anyone else, that scenario isn’t really something we need to consider.

  9. noozehound says: Jul 2, 2012 8:34 PM

    so long Penn state, you had a good run.

  10. blastfurnaceknows says: Jul 2, 2012 8:46 PM

    “Joe Paterno didn’t fear the truth, he sought the truth.” How precisely did he do that with Sandusky? Please enlighten us Paterno family and do it with credible supporting evidence. Or please shut up.

    Deadeye, I, too, wanted to give the family a pass, as I am sure they were not informed of Paterno’s knowledge of what he knew about his D Coord. Your post is well written and I agree completely. The inclusion of that sentence in the family’s statement, however, really shows how out-of-touch they are from Paterno’s PSU reign. I mean the stories of his attempts to protect players who ran afoul of the law is WELL-DOCUMENTED (SI and local papers both ran stories on this). Was that seeking the truth or evading it, I wonder.

    No, I don’t. I also do not wonder whether Paterno was actively involved in the Sandusky white-wash, because it fits the pattern of the rest of his reign at PSU.

  11. stoutfiles says: Jul 2, 2012 9:22 PM

    Everything that has Joe Paterno’s name or likeness should be removed from Penn State. Period. He had a chance to do something and he chose football over the safety of those kids. Disgusting.

    Tim Curley, Gary Schultz, and Graham Spanier need to be tried in a court of law with serious jail time for covering this up. Anyone else involved needs to be prosecuted as well. This is sickening.

  12. mgmac says: Jul 2, 2012 9:22 PM

    the paterno family needs to shut up and close their mouths. if or when they may be called to testify then comment, but until then STFU.

  13. dawglb says: Jul 2, 2012 10:11 PM

    The Paterno family should be less concerned about WHO leaked these emails and more understanding of WHY these emails were shared. These emails prove that PSU people KNEW about these children bring violated and chose to not take the side of the children, but side with their slimy, dirt ball friend and co-worker, Jerry Sandusky!! May they burn in Hell (all that knew about these children, and did not help them because they didn’t want to ruin the reputation of Penn State).

  14. flyeredup says: Jul 2, 2012 10:19 PM

    PaTurdo covered up molestation. All in the name of football. PATHETIC!

  15. buckeye94 says: Jul 2, 2012 10:45 PM

    A man once respected now has no respect.

  16. jimmy53 says: Jul 2, 2012 11:00 PM

    THIS is what the Paterno family condemns????

  17. acieu says: Jul 3, 2012 4:28 AM

    As if there are emails which show Joe was aggressively trying to deal with this in a way other than as a coverup.

  18. gmsingh says: Jul 3, 2012 8:02 AM

    The settlements for the victims just went up by at least a hundred fold.

  19. charlton62 says: Jul 3, 2012 8:03 AM

    If you want to make sure that your investigation is half-assed, corruptible, politically motivated, and just a big smokescreen – hire the FBI to conduct it. If you can get a former FBI boss, even better – one of those guys will guarantee the complete waste of time.

    Save the University (& the living)! Dump it on the dead guy!

  20. charlton62 says: Jul 3, 2012 8:12 AM

    The comments here are really skewed – you people need help. You’re being led by the nose & your vitriol suggests some bizarre necro-schadenfreude that is a complete waste of time and emotional energy (not to mention that you are probably closer to wrong than right).

    You’re like zombie sheep with fangs.

  21. nepaseahawk says: Jul 3, 2012 8:19 AM

    as soon as the news broke about the whole sandusky thing i knew that there was no way paterno didnt know about what sandusky was up to…..sadly he decided to turn his head and pretend that nothing ever happened and because of that his image is tarnished so badly that it will never be repaired. I personally have lost all respect for joe pateno and i wish i could ask him if it was all worth it….how was he able to sleep at night knowing that he was allowing that scumbag to parade little boys around campus and through team facilities. Shame on you Joe Paterno…indirecty you were a monster destroying the lives of these young boys……all to save your “image”. DISGUSTING

  22. moshulu says: Jul 3, 2012 8:25 AM

    Some people think, oh he’s dead, let him be!

    I say “hang em high!!”

    What’s even worst is the power of money, and greed. Sandusky’s wife knew he was molesting “HER” son, but she was living a good, financial life, why disrupt that and turn her husband in.

  23. joepa400 says: Jul 3, 2012 8:25 AM

    Its a fact that everyone above my comments hates Penn State or Joe Paterno, or both. Not one of you want the truth, and not one of you really care about the kids. so I rannk your comments just above the scum Sandusky.

  24. nepaseahawk says: Jul 3, 2012 8:32 AM

    people need to stop defending joe paterno……you are not convincing anyone! and it makes you sound quite ignorant

  25. nepaseahawk says: Jul 3, 2012 8:36 AM

    joepa400 im talking to you…..why dont you tell us the “real truth”.
    Joe wasnt a god.. he was an arrogant stubborn idiotic fool (with no moral fiber)

  26. nepaseahawk says: Jul 3, 2012 8:39 AM

    i would spit in his face if he were alive today

  27. behaviorquest says: Jul 3, 2012 9:21 AM

    The sense of entitlement so clouds vision and outlook. These people begin to believe they are special and above the laws and codes of conduct that the rest of us adhere to. Football and some other sports while revenue generating for many schools are a pool of bad conduct and the elevation of all that if sordid in collegiate life.

  28. auburntigers34 says: Jul 3, 2012 9:31 AM

    really sick of hearing from the Paterno family about this. it’s a little too late(and very inappropriate) to be trying to preserve a very tarnished legacy.

  29. deanmarkley says: Jul 3, 2012 9:34 AM

    The ignorance and hatred reflected in comments above is astounding.

  30. lrg51 says: Jul 3, 2012 9:40 AM

    Let’s have full disclosure here. Release ALL emails…

  31. waynefontes says: Jul 3, 2012 9:44 AM

    joepa400 says:
    Jul 3, 2012 8:25 AM
    Its a fact that everyone above my comments hates Penn State or Joe Paterno, or both. Not one of you want the truth, and not one of you really care about the kids. so I rannk your comments just above the scum Sandusky.

    ————————————————–

    There’s a difference between “opinion” and “fact”. Obviously, you didn’t pay attention in school.

    You’re the one who doesn’t want the truth.

    Kind of like Paterno, who didn’t want the truth.

    When he found out the truth, he helped protect his child molesting friend.

    Penn State helped cover up the acts of a child molestor.

    That’s what you call a “fact”.

  32. onceuponatimeinsports says: Jul 3, 2012 10:05 AM

    How any Penn St fan thought for a moment that Curley, Schultz and Spanier could be guilty of a cover-up but that somehow, someway, Joe Paterno, the single most powerful and influential man on campus was not, is beyond me. Did any Lions fan really….REALLY believe these men would…could conduct a cover-up without Joe’s knowledge or consent!?

    Sandusky was a coordinator for 2 decades on Paterno’s team. He had an office in Paterno’s football building. The crimes in 1998 and 2001 were conducted in Joe’s football facility! Joe helped him in his off-campus charity that was all about troubled youths. How can any Penn St fan with an IQ over 4 ever have believed that somehow all these men got together and planned a cover-up to save the universities and the football programs face and NOT include Paterno himself!?!

    It simply defies credulity! Not to mention just plain ole’ common sense.

    And to those myopic Paterno worshipers who somehow are still clinging to the hope that the NCAA won’t deal them a severe blow to their beloved football program after it’s proven the AD and HC actively covered up Sandusky’s crimes so he could forth and molest more innocent children (Just not on campus) you’re living in a dream world.

    And reality is zeroing in on you right now. The NCAA is going to smack down Penn St football like a crying 3 year old in an department store!

  33. amcphaull says: Jul 3, 2012 10:12 AM

    Prototypical human nature from the Paterno Family…we don’t find ourselves being upset that “JoePa” knew information and made a clearly wrong decision at the horrific cost of child rape, we simply find ourselves being upset that others will now find out.

  34. corvusrex96 says: Jul 3, 2012 10:20 AM

    How can the Paterno family be expected to spin a story that puts him in a good light if the investigators keep leaking these darn facts?

  35. auburntigers34 says: Jul 3, 2012 10:26 AM

    is there ANY doubt that Paterno placed a higher priority on beating Bowden to the record than he did on doing the right thing and preventing who knows how many kids from being molested by Sandusky?

    that’s what all of this is about,imo. Paterno was obsessed with that stupid all time wins record and wasn’t going to let this “distraction” get in his way.

  36. bogey402 says: Jul 3, 2012 10:29 AM

    All the e-mails should be released to make sure that all the information is available….BUT the Paterno family needs to just “go away”……We don’t need Paterno family statements on every issue. The fairy tale is over….and don’t go away mad….Just Go Away!

  37. materialman80 says: Jul 3, 2012 10:34 AM

    Let’s get it ALL out in the open and let Joe rest in peace and keep Jerry the pervert in jail.

  38. dkhhuey says: Jul 3, 2012 10:35 AM

    If I was the Paterno family, given the content of what was leaked – I’d pretty much shut up at this point in time! You are only adding fuel to the fire in the public arena and there is nothing to gain!

  39. klownboy says: Jul 3, 2012 10:57 AM

    This is just a sad episode in EVERY level. My heart goes out to not only those victims, but to the Paterno family because their name has been stained by JoePa’s inaction against Sandusky when he had the chance to do the right thing.
    http://wp.me/p1gCK6-py

  40. waynefontes says: Jul 3, 2012 10:58 AM

    auburntigers34 says:
    Jul 3, 2012 10:26 AM
    is there ANY doubt that Paterno placed a higher priority on beating Bowden to the record than he did on doing the right thing and preventing who knows how many kids from being molested by Sandusky?

    that’s what all of this is about,imo. Paterno was obsessed with that stupid all time wins record and wasn’t going to let this “distraction” get in his way.

    ————————————————–

    It’s interesting you would say that. I always wanted Paterno to get the record over Bowden because I thought Bowden wasn’t nearly the man that some people made him out to be. Paterno seemed like an honorable man.

    I was wrong. Bowden, for whatever faults he may have, he wouldn’t have helped enable a child molestor.

    Nothing was more important than football and image to Joe Paterno. Not even kids who were sexually assualted or who could be assaulted in the future.

    Take that statue down.

  41. tangalitiger says: Jul 3, 2012 11:02 AM

    Dozens of children were sexually assaulted,and the Paterno family is whining about Joe’s reputation? Where are their priorities? I think they should STFU and go into hiding.

  42. waynefontes says: Jul 3, 2012 11:04 AM

    charlton62 says:
    Jul 3, 2012 8:12 AM
    The comments here are really skewed – you people need help. You’re being led by the nose & your vitriol suggests some bizarre necro-schadenfreude that is a complete waste of time and emotional energy (not to mention that you are probably closer to wrong than right).

    You’re like zombie sheep with fangs.

    ————————————————–

    You’re right. The blind sheep who worship Saint Paterno really do need help.

  43. auburntigers34 says: Jul 3, 2012 11:19 AM

    same here, waynefontes.

    like yourself, i never really cared for Bowden. but knowing what we know now, i’d much rather see him holding that record than Paterno. the odds of anyone ever coaching long enough to take it away from Paterno are slim to none.

  44. bigbuckeye76 says: Jul 3, 2012 11:58 AM

    No matter what anyone says, for a DECADE, Joe and the others watched this guy enter their facility knowing what he had done…and was probably still doing….and did NOTHING.

    For the record, I don’t care who Joe spoke to or told the story to…Blah Blah Blah…unless he went straight to the police, he did NOTHING.

  45. drexelvol says: Jul 3, 2012 12:04 PM

    It’s called evidence, not a leak.

  46. Jonny 5 says: Jul 3, 2012 12:38 PM

    Melt that statue down. Paterno hid the fact that a pedophile was on the loose in Happy valley for the sake of his football team, and children paid the price. Not to mention a certain District attorney, Ray Gricar.

  47. psuravens19 says: Jul 3, 2012 1:56 PM

    As a PSU Alum, I think I speak for many when I say it’s a shame that our Administrators, including Paterno, failed to help these children and let down a once strong and proud University and Alumni…

  48. stairwayto7 says: Jul 3, 2012 3:48 PM

    I see the trolls believe what the media tells them! Everyone knows CNN and Fox tell half truths!

  49. auburntigers34 says: Jul 3, 2012 4:04 PM

    stairwayto07,

    your hero enabled a child molester for over a decade. deal with it.

  50. dkhhuey says: Jul 3, 2012 4:06 PM

    @stair – you could be considered a troll for doubting everything the media reports as well.

    Don’t rely on one source for all of your facts, understand the sourcing of the article and give it the proper weight, and take into account if it is a brand new ‘breaking’ story or not.

    Dismissing every single thing that is reported is just as bad as believing everything that is reported! A bit of common sense and research does wonders!

  51. halo81 says: Jul 3, 2012 6:15 PM

    I used to just hate Penn State fans because as everyone knows, they’re the armpit of college football fans.

    Congratulations, you’ve one-upped yourselves in Happy Valley! All of you now stand behind a pedophile enabling man, hoisting him to deity status because he made your irrelevant university into something because of football.

    “We care about the victims. We promise.”

    No, you don’t.

    You care about Joe Paterno, your precious football team and your freedom of speech to come up with quirky nicknames like “sPITT”, “Notre Lame” and “Ohio $tate”. Without those three things all of you would be sitting at home crying on Saturday morning because you’d have nothing to do by cry in your own sorrow.

    I love that Penn State fans are naive (actually, they just pretend to be) enough to think a head coach not only didn’t know about it, but permitted it to happen. I know when someone steals a stapler where I work as does the rest of the office.

    Get a grip Nittany Lion fans. Your school is nothing more than an institution that enabled the raping of minors for over a decade.

    Of course, you’ll wipe that away for a touchdown on Saturday or a clip of Paterno looking miserable on the sidelines because he’s so cool.

    I’d be embarrassed to have any connections to that rotten hole of a “university”.

  52. drunkenagitator says: Jul 3, 2012 8:58 PM

    The Paterno family needs to pipe down now. The legacy is ruined and there’s no turning back time at this point. Let this be a lesson to any other sports coach who insists on overstaying his welcome to the point of absurdity. If Saint Joe had stepped aside back in the late nineties he might have avoided having his name attached to this debacle, but he had to hang around and be “iconic”. Bad choice.

  53. lasvegasteacher says: Jul 4, 2012 12:15 AM

    To put this whole story into perspective, imagine that instead of talking about a sex crime against a minor, think about the attempted murder of a minor.
    Now think about how the principals reacted in this context.
    Would it be reasonable to accept that Paterno‘s reaction was acceptable had he heard that McQueary saw Sandusky trying to murder and dismember a young boy? To rationalize that Paterno’s reaction was in any way reasonable is ludicrous.
    Childhood sex abuse is the murder and dismemberment of a child’s psychological growth and well-being. The reasonable response is to rush in to protect the child against this crime, just as you would jump in fully clothed to rescue a drowning child, or run into a burning building to rescue a trapped child. If you cannot personally rescue the child, you call the police immediately.

  54. 11thstreetmafia says: Jul 4, 2012 11:56 AM

    Why didn’t anyone hire Sandusky after he was done at pedophile state.

  55. tmb333 says: Jul 4, 2012 2:03 PM

    Heck with them. Their beloved JoePa should have never let Sandusky get away with it. Stop making excuses. Paterno should have picked the phone up and dialed 911 or CPS. There was no need to discuss this with anyone internally.

    For those of you defending him, I am sure you would look at this differently if your child was being Sanduskyed.

  56. brianbosworthisstonecold says: Jul 5, 2012 6:25 AM

    Shut down PED. ST!

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