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What the Paternos’ critique of the Freeh report didn’t do, and what it did

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Like most of you, I’m sure, I already had an idea of what the Paterno family and its accompaniment of “independent analyses” would say in its critique of the Freeh report.

The family has, in unapologetic fashion, defended Joe Paterno‘s name and legacy over the past year after he was fired from Penn State following decades of success and crucified by the court of public opinion for his actions — or inactions — in the Jerry Sandusky scandal. While the core of the Sandusky story revolves around the utter disbelief that a serial pedophile could go years preying on young boys without ever being stopped, the decision on what to make of Paterno’s role in it all has manifested into one of the most — if not the most — polarizing angles.

So when the lengthy report was released Sunday morning, I wasn’t surprised to find phrases such as “rush to injustice”, while the Freeh report was deemed a solidification of the “false public narrative about Joe Paterno.”

But false, honest, or somewhere in between, the multiple narratives about Paterno in this entire mess are as permanent as the mark he left on his former program and university. It’s been over a year since the Harrisburg Patriot-News broke the Sandusky story wide open and people’s opinions one way or the other are pretty much set. In that regard, the Paterno family’s retort to the Freeh report accomplishes nothing.

The arguments range. From Paterno’s apparent inability to comprehend sodomy “as a 72-year-old football coach who was untrained in the complicated, counterintuitive dynamics of child sexual victimization and who came from a traditional background where even consensual sex was not discussed”, to being straight-up “fooled” by Sandusky, the critique implies that Paterno was prude enough to make Ned Flanders look like a proponent of sex, drugs and rock n’ roll.

Yet, in his grand jury testimony, Paterno sounded up to speed on what happened between Sandusky and Victim 2 in 2001 when then-graduate assistant Mike McQueary walked in to the showers of the Lasch building on Penn State’s campus. McQueary then relayed what he saw to Paterno.

“He said he had something that he wanted to discuss. I said come on over to the house. He had seen a person, not an older but a mature person who was fondling or whatever you might call it.

“It was a sexual nature.”

The question is whether that understanding was the same in 2001 at the time of the conversation. The lack of documentation of any sort for that meeting has created one of the great mysteries of this story.

Even with documentation, the critique battles the theory that Paterno knew of Sandusky’s pedophilia and participated in a cover-up. One of the long-standing focal points of Paterno’s role in this story has been the email from Athletic Director Tim Curley to Vice President Gary Schultz and President Graham Spanier dated Feb. 27, 2001:

“After giving it some more thought and talking it over with Joe yesterday — I am uncomfortable with what we agreed were the next steps.”

At first glance, it would appear Paterno altered a course of action in dealing with Sandusky that originally included informing the Department of Public Welfare. The critique says that email was misrepresented, that a plan to inform proper authorities was still in place, just delayed.

Those are just two examples of many, but does that change your mind about Paterno for better or worse? It doesn’t for me. For example, the exact date and time Paterno met with Curley so as to not “ruin his weekend” to relay what he heard from McQueary doesn’t change the fact that, by the critique’s own admission on the second page, Paterno appeared to wash his hands of a situation he shouldn’t have.

(1) Joe Paterno never asked or told anyone not to investigate fully the allegations in 2001, (2) Joe Paterno never asked or told anyone, including Dr. Spanier and Messrs. Curley and Schultz, not to report the 2001 incident, and (3) Joe Paterno never asked or told anyone not to discuss or to hide in any way the information reported by Mr. McQueary.

Paterno’s involvement in any degree is a paradox. On one hand, he is not the center of the Sandusky story; rather, he is a link in a chain of key individuals who are accused of doing less than we as a society claim we would have done if placed in a similar situation. On the other hand, Paterno was not just a football coach. Few, if any, individuals in college athletics have become the face of an institution like Paterno was. To suggest that he did not have power or influence beyond the typical head coach is nothing short of naive. 

In addition to his spot atop Penn State’s chain of command, the other thing Paterno never lost was his mind. Though his body deteriorated with age, and his battle with cancer was eventually lost in early 2012, his grey matter was as sharp toward the end of his life as it was in his prime. This was universally known and witnessed.

With that power and brilliance comes accountability for what happens while you’re in charge, whether or not it’s in your area of expertise. It’s admittedly a unique situation. The Sandusky scandal is not about Paterno, yet it sort of is. The family’s response to the Freeh report mirrors that assessment even though it dismisses any sort of accountability Paterno should have had.

While the critique doesn’t do anything to persuasively change the public’s opinion about Paterno — it’s certainly not for a lack of effort — it does reasonably poke holes in the Freeh report’s strategy in coming up with its findings. Of the hundreds of people interviewed for the report, neither Curley nor Schultz, who are facing perjury charges and clearly among the most important people in this case, were. Paterno passed away early last year after a battle with lung cancer. His voice, the most important in this topic, is forever silenced.

The portion of the report written by Dick Thornburgh does a good job of dissecting the documentation used by the Freeh report to uncover holes in logic. The portion written by Jim Clemente offers compelling, psychology-based counterarguments to the perception that someone had to have known about Sandusky’s pedophilia.

The Freeh report was never entirely conclusive, and it certainly wasn’t intended to be used as a resource for the NCAA to levy punishment on Penn State’s football program, but in the end, the Paterno family’s response just doesn’t do much other than expose the Freeh’s blemishes while trying to hide Paterno’s.

The thing is, you can’t. Joe Paterno was a human being capable of doing great things for others, as well as doing wrong. He had a statue outside Beaver Stadium and a mural with, at one point, a halo painted over his head. But Paterno was not a god, nor was he a saint. The critique transparently attempts to restore Paterno’s image as such, and it’s bogus.

Paterno is just like you and me. To believe otherwise is only setting yourself up for massive disappointment.

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47 Responses to “What the Paternos’ critique of the Freeh report didn’t do, and what it did”
  1. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Feb 10, 2013 3:19 PM

    “Hey Joe, I saw a kid getting raped in the shower by Jerry”

    “Well I don’t know what that means, I’m 72 years old”

    lel

  2. jdh1016j says: Feb 10, 2013 3:32 PM

    Paterno was just being a good catholic and ignoring man/boy love.

  3. dietrich43 says: Feb 10, 2013 3:35 PM

    He did a lot of great things for PSU, and that shouldn’t be forgotten. It also shouldn’t be used to excuse him ignoring the rape of a child in the team showers.

  4. phillyfanmatt says: Feb 10, 2013 3:39 PM

    Dietrich your exactly right. He did do a lot of good. But he did do something horrible in the end. It doesn’t out weigh the good just as the good doesn’t out weight the bad.

  5. thetooloftools says: Feb 10, 2013 3:45 PM

    “From Paterno’s apparent inability to comprehend sodomy” – yea, but he sure did know what a lesbian was when they were hammering Rene Portland (google her) about running lesbians off the Penn State’s women’s basketball team and he was an ardent supporter of hers until the topic just got too hot.
    Don’t tell me Joe didn’t know.
    Why did “after talking it over with Joe yesterday” the “puppets that be” went in a different direction and authorities were NOT notified? THAT is a smoking gun what is a smoking gun.
    I met Joe many times and knew several people who were close to him and to a person they told me Joe would do anything to protect HIS football program and that if you “cross the old man” you are toast. I feel much worse for those victims then I ever will the Paterno family.
    When Tim Curly, Gary Shultz, and Graham Spanier testify in court, under oath, people are going to see a whole different side of Joe Paterno that they never knew and it’s not going to be pretty. Penn State has to be held responsible for the actions of it’s leaders just as it needs to stand down and stop fighting NCAA sanctions. They need to shut up and take the penalties THEY AGREED TO and stop acting like the victim.
    Sack up and own it Penn State. Crying isn’t good for your look.

  6. clevelandschronic2 says: Feb 10, 2013 3:47 PM

    Fk all the paternos for trying to pass this BS on us like we’re all retarded. They continue to paint joe like he was a God. I have No respect or sympathy for that family.

  7. kattykathy says: Feb 10, 2013 3:56 PM

    If this happened at Bama, that Deb Guy would blame it all on the kids

  8. amosalanzostagg says: Feb 10, 2013 4:04 PM

    Tool of tools,

    Very well said.

    The longer Penn State is in the news on the Sandusky situation, the University as a whole can never begin to move past this episode.

  9. effjohntaylornorelation says: Feb 10, 2013 4:15 PM

    This well thought out & excellently written piece is another example if what a fantastic writer you are, Ben.

  10. Deb says: Feb 10, 2013 4:41 PM

    Well said, Ben. Very well said.

  11. jimmy53 says: Feb 10, 2013 5:08 PM

    What it did not do:

    Change anyone’s mind at all. Everyone was already entrenched in the Pro or Anti Paterno camp.

    What it did:

    Bring everything up again, opening a barely scabbed over wound.

  12. brewcrewfan54 says: Feb 10, 2013 5:15 PM

    I cant blame the Paterno family for wanting to clear their fathers name but they want to claim he’s a victim in this to which he certainly isn’t.

  13. rickrock6661982 says: Feb 10, 2013 6:09 PM

    I don’t blame the Paterno family either for trying to defend the shame of their father.

    I blame all the gullible Paterno marks that actually believe the spin they’re trying to sell.

  14. jkulha86 says: Feb 10, 2013 6:14 PM

    I was born into a Penn State family, and have been a fan since I was born. At this point I could care less about Paterno’s legacy. I care a heck of a lot more about the university than I do just Joe Paterno. He did a lot of great things for the school, and that can’t be ignored, but ultimately he knew of a child molester on campus and he didn’t do nearly enough to get rid of him. It was stated previously “The longer Penn State is in the news on the Sandusky situation, the University as a whole can never begin to move past this episode”. It is time for Penn State fans to move on from Paterno and focus on the future of the University, who will be under new leadership soon and focus on a new football program under the leadership of Coach O’Brien. You’re only hurting yourself and the future of school by holding on to all this Paterno stuff.

  15. deadeye says: Feb 10, 2013 6:15 PM

    “Sandusky story wide open and people’s opinions one way or the other are pretty much set. In that regard, the Paterno family’s retort to the Freeh report accomplishes nothing.”

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

    Yes Ben, no truer statement could be made about all this. Everyone has made up their mind, and no “report” is going to change anyone’s mind at this point.

    I have one simple question: how much money was paid by the Paterno family for this report to be generated? I could have predicted to anyone the conclusions it would contain weeks before its release.

    Similarly, the Freeh report was destined to accomplish the same thing for the PSU BoG, making someone, anyone, more guilty of inaction than they were.

    The full truth will never come out. And they all knew, including JoePa, McQueary, Spanier, Curley, Shultz, the BoG, and even some state officials. The only thing the Freeh report, the Paterno report, and any other publicly released information is intended to accomplish is deflecting guilt, criticism, and/or indictments for the principle players.

  16. Deb says: Feb 10, 2013 6:39 PM

    @katty …

    It’s sad that you’ve used this tragic story about child sexual abuse, the unimaginable harm done to these victims, and the suffering of an entire university community as another outlet for your bizarre months-long obsession with a woman you encountered on a football blog. I’d suggest you learn to set rational boundaries … but clearly you aren’t capable of that. How sad for you.

  17. raysfan1 says: Feb 10, 2013 7:43 PM

    @Deb–
    Gotta be irritating to have your own personal troll. But the same rule applies as always–don’t feed the trolls.

  18. Deb says: Feb 10, 2013 7:57 PM

    @raysfan1 …

    True that.

  19. jackericsson says: Feb 10, 2013 8:47 PM

    Paterno is NOT like you and me! I have never been a pedophile enabler.

  20. normtide says: Feb 10, 2013 9:30 PM

    Man, this whole thing is complex. I had a great respect for PSU and JoePa, most Bama fans do. Joe did a ton of good, and in some ways its sad that he will be remembered for the one awful thing he did. In the least, he didn’t follow through by reporting this to anyone that would listen. The football program was Joe’s, no one cab question that, so the buck stops with him. You can not say he is free from blame. This report had merit, but it is more propaganda then report. The university and it’s football program is more then one person, even Joe. It is every student and alum, every devoted fan that never once stepped on canvas, it is families gathered together. PSU is woven into so many lives. It is not our fault when our heroes fail. There is no shame to be a PSU fan. There is shame in people using this just to bash a rival. That is pathetic.

    The fact is, PSU BOT agreed to the NCAA terms, quickly. That says more then either reports have.

  21. dmcgrann says: Feb 10, 2013 11:45 PM

    Not a surprise that the Paterno Report comes to its conclusions. Maybe surprising that we are being asked to accept the Paterno Report over the Freeh Report when both were conducted over approximately the same period of time. I haven’t seen any evidence that the Paterno folks had any more access to facts or did more due diligence than Freeh.

    What seems to be apparent to me is that the Paternos believe that Penn State exists because of the Paternos, and not the other way around.

    It’s a damn shame what happened. Joe Paterno “lost” a bunch of wins because of NCAA sanctions that were agreed to and signed off on by the highest officers of that school. That;’s along the lines of a technical foul in the ranking of coaching greatness. A big foul, to be sure.

    I don’t believe that you can say that the NCAA overstepped its bounds. This was like the explosion of an atomic bomb. It had to be dealt with to stop the fallout. The whole affair was deeply entwined with the football program and athletic department. It had to be dealt with, pronto, and, Penn State agreed to its punishment. That was a positive step towards saying to the victims, “We’re sorry, and here’s how we’re doing penance.”

    Now it appears that maybe Penn State wasn’t all that contrite.

  22. powercorrupts2 says: Feb 11, 2013 2:15 AM

    To Ben Kercheval
    Good Post. Thanks for the effort at trying to sort things out rather than just accepting the proclamations at face value. But I feel you missed a few important points. (1) You don’t need the Thornburgh Report to see that the Freeh Report is biased and does not prove “mens rea”. Anyone can just read the evidence it contains to see that it doesn’t support the conclusions. (2) You don’t discuss Dr. Dranov, a highly reputable witness, who interviewed McQueary on the night of the shower incident and testified that McQueary told him nothing sexual happened. (3) You don’t mention that McQueary may have been disgruntled at being removed from his coaching job and wanted revenge by damaging the University, et al. (4) You don’t discuss the involvement of Governor Tom Corbett, who, when he was Pennsylvania DA, delayed investigating Sandusky, made a big contribution to the 2nd Mile, controls the PSU Board of Trustees, and influences the State funding of the University. Thanks again for the post.

  23. gershonpsu says: Feb 11, 2013 6:54 AM

    I knew Joe Paterno for nearly half a century. You are right. He was neither a god nor a saint. He was, however, the most honest man I ever met. The idea that he would coverup and enable a pedophile for the sake if his football program is outrageous. And that is the crux of Louis Freeh’s unsupported accusation.

  24. clevelandschronic2 says: Feb 11, 2013 7:14 AM

    Gershonpsu ppl like u who refuse to believe paterno did any wrong here are oblivious to the fact that he was the penn st football program. Nothing happened in that football program that paterno didnt have any idea abt. As the other penn st fan admitted the longer these paterno worshipers keep screaming his innocence the longer this goes on. Ur university didnt fight the freeh report so why are you? Move on paterno wasnt as honest as you paint him to be. As a tOSU and big10 fan i wish the program the best but this paterno cult is really making it harder on the program to move on. Your continued faith in this man is insane. FK JOEPa

  25. bubba703 says: Feb 11, 2013 8:22 AM

    The Paterno family sponsored rebuttal does do a decent job poking a few holes in Freeh’s data, which was obviously hampered by the inability to interview some of the key figures (due to the criminal investigation). But it cannot erase Joe’s grand jury testimony or the old emails where he admitted to knowing about Sandusky’s misdeeds. The upcoming trials , where all the facts will come out, will likely not end with Joe’s complete exoneration, regardless of this analysis.

    I think the longer the Paterno family keeps dragging this out, the longer it will take for the healing to begin.

  26. florida727 says: Feb 11, 2013 8:31 AM

    Ben, excellently written and reported. Thank you for keeping us informed. It’s one of the reasons why a lot of us on CFT appreciated you and JT as much as we do.

    I know the Paterno estate has an obscene amount of money in it, but they likely wasted a bunch of it on this “critique”. Right or wrong, most people’s minds have already been made up. The apologists will defend Joe until the day they die, and the critics will blast him for his action/inaction in this matter regardless of what an “independent” rebuttal to the Freeh report states.

    In all truth, it’s very likely we’ll really never know the whole truth. Those who back Paterno will never change their opinions, and those who want the guy hung in effigy will certainly not be swayed either to minimize the significance of his perceived role in the cover-up.

    The one thing we know that’s undeniable: a very bad man did some unimaginable things that have forever altered the lives of a lot of people. And regardless of who knew what, who did what, and who (if anyone) is blameless, that’s something that cannot be “undone”.

  27. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Feb 11, 2013 8:31 AM

    The Freeh Report was reported as front page news at the top of every sports broadcast for months, and made huge headway in the national news too. It was treated by most as fact, when it was not.

    Not everyone is aware of Louis Freeh’s hatchet jobs in other investigations he was paid millions of dollars to report on. Anyone who recalls the name Richard Jewel can see an innocent guy mercilessly railroaded by Freeh and his team. And Freeh was paid nearly $7,000,000.00 for his latest report.

    Thing is, most people’s minds are already firmly made up. Few among us have retained an open mind on this, to see where culpability is truly deserved — most being blinded by the admittedly unspeakably perverse crime of a serial pedophile.

    The lead story sells all the papers. It’s printed in 3 inch headlines, runs wild for weeks, is all the rage at the water cooler, etc. The retraction comes out lonnnnng after the damage has been done, usually buried on page 17 of the newspaper or in the middle of a newscast before they go to commercial about adult diapers. But the damage has been done.

    Anyone who’s interested should check into what happened to “Fatty Arbuckle”, the Duke lacrosse team, the Salem Witch Hunts, Alfred Dreyfus of the notorious Dreyfus Affair, Captain Charles Butler McVay, III — or a long list of any number of individuals who bore the wrath for things where blame was misplaced by a “Guilty Until Proven Innocent” mob mentality.

  28. stairwayto7 says: Feb 11, 2013 8:33 AM

    Why is the media not looking or reporting the BernieFine of Sryacuse and the Citadel child sex abuse scandels?

  29. bauman007 says: Feb 11, 2013 8:35 AM

    I don’t defend Paterno and I’m sure the truth is somewhere in between the two reports. The only problem I saw with the freeh report is what was mentioned in that it was treated as gospel and the NCAA used it to punish a school when Mr Freeh never was challenged if their were inaccuracies in his findings. At least if anything this should continue to raise awareness into people like Jerry Sandusky

  30. charlton62 says: Feb 11, 2013 9:27 AM

    A discussion of Paterno’s legacy is missing the point; as is one about culpability.

    The lesson here is:

    1) Louis Freeh is a political hack – he’d swear in court that his mother was purple if it suited his ambitions. His report is wasted wood.

    2) The NCAA sanctions against Penn State are beyond the pale. They resemble the ancient Roman policy of decimation. Punishing 100’s of players and re-writing history doesn’t solve or explain anything.

  31. dirtyharry1971 says: Feb 11, 2013 9:57 AM

    They never should get the chance to move past this until everyone involved (and yes there is many involved) goes to trial and is convicted. Once that is done, THEN they can move on, until that happens they deserve no breaks.

    amosalanzostagg says:Feb 10, 2013 4:04 PM

    Tool of tools,

    Very well said.

    The longer Penn State is in the news on the Sandusky situation, the University as a whole can never begin to move past this episode.

  32. mogogo1 says: Feb 11, 2013 10:15 AM

    The key facts that’ll never wash away from JoePa are all inarguable:
    1) Take him at his word and you’re still left with him passing the rape report up the chain and never asking about it again–that’s not just inexcusable but basically unbelievable.
    2) Sandusky still had offices at the college and his charity was still tight with them YEARS later–JoePa could have severed those ties with a single word.
    3 McQueary went from being a lowly grad assistant to a full member of the coaching staff–clearly demonstrating JoePa didn’t conclude the guy was a liar.

  33. LogicalConsideration says: Feb 11, 2013 10:44 AM

    @stairwayto7 (and the 10 people who blindly clicked like)

    I have no ties to PSU, Syracuse or the Citadel. And you are engaging in rank false equivalency.

    As to Bernie Fine, were you living under a rock the last year? The media most certainly DID cover it, quite extensively. It turned out to be a much less clear-cut case, such that in November the feds announced the investigation closed–they just couldn’t make a case. http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2012/11/fine.html
    That doesn’t mean he didn’t do it and, in fact, at least one civil case is still proceeding against him, but until that plays out in either a settlement or a trial, there isn’t anything for the media to report.

    As for the Citadel, I suggest you lift your lazy fingers and Google “citadel sex scandal”. On the first page of hits alone you will see that the LATimes, CNN, ABC, CBS, HuffPo all reported it. In addition, the predator there was a 32 year old volunteer, not a high-level long term coach. It is newsworthy, but certainly less newsworthy than the other cases. It’s coverage reflected that.

  34. clemsonstillsucks says: Feb 11, 2013 11:12 AM

    Somewhere in all of this I must have missed the part where Paterno immediately notified law enforcement that a child was raped in the school shower.

    Oh wait a minute – that didn’t happen.

  35. zoellner25 says: Feb 11, 2013 11:26 AM

    My grandparents were alums of PSU, and were big fans of Joe Pa. I’m honestly glad they aren’t around to have heard any of this story, because I think they would be sick. PSU and Joe Pa did know something about Sandusky and could have done something, instead they did nothing. End of story.

  36. nightman13 says: Feb 11, 2013 12:06 PM

    “Paterno is just like you and me. To believe otherwise is only setting yourself up for massive disappointment.”

    Well I can’t speak for you, but I’m alive and not an accomplice to serial pedophilia. I am also not disappointed by those facts.

  37. gershonpsu says: Feb 11, 2013 1:33 PM

    There are 600,000 Penn State alumni and we are in the midst of a Trustee election. For many of you this is a barroom discussion. For us it is about the future of our University.

    If you’re not a voting Penn State alumni, you are entitled to your opinion, but it has very little to do with what is actually going on here.

  38. immafubared says: Feb 11, 2013 1:42 PM

    Maybe he was fondeled as a boy himself by the priests and just thought it was au natural?

    To me the whole mess comes down to one thing and that is power and money. Good ol Joe understood clearly what this scandal would do for recruiting once it came out and his ability to get top players.

    There was a cover up in that they did nothing to investigate of stop this in its tracks. That is what caused his downfall in the minds of most people and the Freeh Report said as much.

  39. immafubared says: Feb 11, 2013 1:47 PM

    Maybe the lesson learned here is that no one person can be king of the Hill forever. Had Joe taken stern action on hearing this news, his legacy would have been enormous. Instead, trying to keep things under wrap and play God, costs him his lifes work.

    Waisted his life on one bad decision. To remain at the top of the hill a little longer.

  40. kadeeu says: Feb 11, 2013 1:51 PM

    For all you Paterno haters that believe he tried to cover this up for the sake of football and should have stopped Sandusky somehow, where do you stand on Brian Kelly and the death of the student camera operator in 2010? Brian Kelly should have know what would have happened! All the information was right there for him to see. He was out in the wind and should have realized how dangerous it was, but the Notre Dame football culture made that poor kid suck it up and go into a life threatening situation. Sure those kids were molested at PSU, but they are still alive today, unlike the ND student!

  41. nightman13 says: Feb 11, 2013 2:17 PM

    @Ben Kercheval-

    I was being facetious.

    @kadeeu

    There is no such thing as a Paterno hater, there are people and then delusional Penn St supporters.

    What Brian Kelly and ND did are inexcusable, but in no way are they in the same galaxy as covering up a serial pedophile for decades. Not even close. One was negligence and one was criminal. And to suggest it’s better to be a molestation survivor than dead is probably the most ignorant thing I’ve seen in a long time…well not that long, just since the last loony Penn St. supporter opened their trap.

  42. LogicalConsideration says: Feb 11, 2013 2:26 PM

    @Gershonpsu Your post shows exactly what is wrong at PSU. It demonstrates a small town mentality of “Leave us alone. We know what we are doing.” That is exactly what got you in the mess in the first place. Not the early assaults by Sandusky, but the “Don’t rock the boat” mentality that kept him from being reported and which, in turn, allowed the later attacks.

    Further, you can’t bask for decades in national gridiron glory and then complain when the nation looks back at you when things implode.

  43. blastfurnaceknows says: Feb 11, 2013 4:36 PM

    To those of you outside the Penn St. “bubble,” as one who resides near “Hapless Valley,” allow me to inform you that the Penn St. cult of myopia remains quite alive and well. Don’t believe me? Look at some of the above-comments. Gershonpsu’s post tells you all you need to know. Paraphrasing, “we’ll handle our own business the way we always have – without listening to the advice, thoughts or warnings of anyone outside our bubble.”

    Want more evidence? Stairwayto7, one of this site’s most ardent Paterno apologists, would like all of you to think that this sort of thing (i.e., child rape) is just “something that happens,” like at Syracuse or the Citadel (both very different scenarios). Kadeeu refers us to a tragic Notre Dame fatality as an attempt at deflection. Ialwayswantedtobeabanker (great user name, though) and Charlton62 attack Freeh, the man PSU hired to investigate the matter.

    Of course, that must be it – it must have been Freeh’s fault that Paterno was provided an eyewitness account of child sexual assault committed by a colleague, and then (outside of reporting it “up the bubble” and then dissuading those same men from their decision to disclose the crime to the Dept. of Welfare in lieu of handling it “in-house”), stood silent for nearly a decade while that colleague continued to have an office on campus, continued to bring at-risk children to visit there, and continued to rape kids. Sure, that was all Freeh. It must have been.

    Finally, as for the poster who cited Paterno as the “most honest man I ever met,” you’ve got to be kidding. Are you not aware of the various pre-Sandusky media exposes that found Paterno was involved in cover-ups of criminal activity committed by his players and job terminations of administrators who stood in his way of that? Considering his grand jury testimony in this sad matter, I’d suggest perjurer would be a more fitting description for Paterno.

    PSU football should have received the death penalty. The fact that the cult lives on should be proof enough of that!

  44. sportsfan240 says: Feb 11, 2013 10:27 PM

    So many experts here. Maybe you people should actually read the reports and come to a conclusion based on that – oh wait, that’d be way too much work. Or just continue to believe exactly what the media feeds you, because they are always right…

  45. powercorrupts2 says: Feb 12, 2013 4:07 AM

    @Ben Kercheval
    I guess you won’t respond to my questions. I have no intent to restore Paterno’s alleged image as a “god” or “saint”. He was just a football coach. But I do ask what standard you are holding him to? Many people much more qualified to detect child molestation than he was failed to catch Sandusky even when they put him under scrutiny. (For example: the 1998 incident was reported to the police and investigated by a police detective, the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare in Harrisburg, the Centre County Child and Youth Services, a CCYS counselor who interviewed the child and wrote a report, and the Centre County DA’s Office. No charges were filed.) McQuery’s testimony couldn’t be used to convict anyone. He changed it many times-especially after he learned he was losing his job-and a very reliable and highly trained witness contradicts him.
    You are right about character assassination. Once it has been done, it is very difficult to change. But guilt in our country is supposed to be based on trial by twelve of your peers in front of a judge who knows the law and with defense by an attorney. These people have been tried in a court of public opinion, by an ill informed public, manipulated using an emotion laden issue, by media looking for sensationalism and individuals looking to protect their political careers. Just look at all the malicious, unfounded nonsense that has been posted here.

  46. andyoursistertoo says: Feb 12, 2013 12:37 PM

    Its disgusting that there are people defending him. He was told by mcqueery (in front of a jury) that Sandusky was having sexual sodomy in his locker room. And he is dammed to hell because he didn’t do the right thing. Why because his image and the football program was more important than kids being raped. He is getting everything deserves. This report is about paternos family losing there posh lifestyle and trying to get it back. Which will never happen.

  47. njgigi says: Feb 12, 2013 8:47 PM

    A year and a half later, and people still believe that McQuearly told Joe Paterno he saw a boy being raped. He never said it to Joe and never testified that he witnessed a rape. It’s infuriating to see untruths still being spouted not only by commenters but by so called “journalists”. But that’s not why I was compelled to post.

    One has to wonder why Freeh did not include someone like Jim Clemente in his investigation – you know, someone who ACTUALLY has experience investigating child sex abuse cases.

    The information Mr. Clemente provided in his report is invaluable to anyone who works with children, has children, or just cares about children. But I doubt the anti Penn State mob has even bothered to read it despite how concerned they say they are about the victims or children’s welfare.

    Fine, if you don’t like reading, here is a link to n excellent, informative Jim Clemente interview. Also, maybe after hearing about how he came to be a part of the Paterno report, there will be no further questions of how “independent” his report is. Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSW6aG9hWok

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