Penn State’s Freeh Report Released, Finds That Joe Paterno and Others “Repeatedly Concealed Critical Facts” From Authorities

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Predictably, the website containing the Louis Freeh report on Penn State has already crashed, but a press release containing a statement was sent out minutes before 9 a.m.

A link to the full report is at the bottom of this post, but here are the parts of the statement that stood out:

Messrs. Spanier, Schultz, Paterno and Curley never demonstrated, through actions or words, any concern for the safety and well-being of Sandusky’s victims until after Sandusky’s arrest. 

In critical written correspondence that we uncovered on March 20th of this year, we see evidence of their proposed plan of action in February 2001 that included reporting allegations about Sandusky to the authorities.  After Mr. Curley consulted with Mr. Paterno, however, they changed the plan and decided not to make a report to the authorities.  Their failure to protect the February 9, 2001 child victim, or make attempts to identify him, created a dangerous situation for other unknown, unsuspecting young boys who were lured to the Penn State campus and football games by Sandusky and victimized repeatedly by him.  Further, they exposed this child to additional harm by alerting Sandusky, who was the only one who knew the child’s identity.

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 from the authorities, the Board of Trustees, Penn State community, and the public at large. Although concern to treat the child abuser humanely was expressly stated, no such sentiments were ever expressed by them for Sandusky’s victims.

None of these four men took any responsible action after February 2001 other than Mr. Curley informing the Second Mile that Mr. Sandusky had showered with a boy.  

Even though they all knew about the 1998 incident, the best they could muster to protect Sandusky’s victims was to ask Sandusky not to bring his “guests” into the Penn State facilities.  


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41 Responses

  1. I would like to hear from Big Scott Paterno before I make a judgment on my feelings

  2. Paterno was bigger than PSU, but never felt that way. The blame falls on his superiors, all he did was coach the team. People always say “It was his house, he knew what was going on”…how many parents have no idea their kids are drug addicts? They used JoePa as a scapegoat from day 1.

  3. As a former alumni who waited to pass judgement until the facts were released, I agree with the sentiment to melt the statue at this point.

  4. Come on Talbot, take the blinders off. Football was more important than criminal sodomy and Paterno is front and center in this mess next to the ‘superiors’. All for a football program. What a disgrace!

  5. 14 years of looking the other way while a known pedophile remained part of the university setting and was constantly in the company of children on campus-
    – but they packed them in at the ever-expanding Beaver Stadium and the donations rolled in –
    ‘perhaps we could have done more…’ — put that on his gravestone –
    fucking scumbag
    I’m so glad I ::: CHOSE TEMPLE !!!!

  6. No blinders here. How can someone be “front and center” NEXT to someone else? Front and center means #1 blame. You are the perfect example of scapegoat. PSU is a multimillion dollar institution with close to 100k students. I’m not even close to defending what happened or any cover-up. All I’m saying is, it’s easy to pile on claims & allegations on a man who can no longer defend himself and was never really given the opportunity to state his side. What about the detectives who eavesdropped on the conversation Sandusky had with a kid he abused years ago, and nothing was still done? Should those detective be accused of cover-up? The public will find any and every story to state their opinion to feel self righteous…it’s the flavor of the week. Last year everyone “knew” Casey Anthony was guilty, except 12 jurors…and even that wasn’t good enough. People think they passed the bar exam cause they watch CNN.

  7. Paterno APOLOGIST HAHA what a tard —– “Paterno was bigger than PSU, but never felt that way. The blame falls on his superiors, all he did was coach the team. People always say “It was his house, he knew what was going on”…how many parents have no idea their kids are drug addicts? They used JoePa as a scapegoat from day 1.”

  8. Talbots P….Really? He had no idea that, for decades, he was the alpha and omega at that school? Eventhough theres mountains of evidence from various professionals stating otherwise, he had zero clue Sandisky was a creep? And dude, when unsuspecting parents find out that their kid is on drugs, I think they usually look inward at the job they did at some point and just don’t go, “Kids are kids! I had no idea! Not my fault!” Dude, use some common fucking sense. If this is what the newest line of excuses are from the Penn State apologists cult, then it’s just sad. It’s people who can’t take the blinders off like you that speak to what the good points in that letter yesterday were pointing out…
    Melt that fucking statue.

  9. All I can say if in fact JoePa knew more than he led (which only he knows), then for sure he should be burning in the mythical place you guys call hell. But I’ll never sit here and pretend I know more than the people in the situation, because the TV told me so. JoePa never had a trial, so any accusations against him will never be defended upon. Bob, the caps lock doesn’t make your opinion valid. Pete, if you actually read my point I’m not defending him, I’m just not pretending that I know the whole story. There’s 3 sides to every story, I think you’re smart enough to know that.

  10. This is pretty shitty. As a life long PSU football fan, this kind of ruins everything that I’ve thought of PSU for my entire life. Most of the peole saying “Joe Pa should burn in hell” et cetera, have probably only been following Joes existence for a year or so. So they have no idea how good of a man we all thought he was. So as a PSU football and Joe Pa fan, this is really hard to take, and it’s even harder to come to the realization that Joe Pa could have maliciously covered up something as horrible as this. If you knew the man, you would think the same thing.

  11. Dude talbot…No one is talking about other people. We all want anyone responsible to rot…Including Paterno. The man had ample time, about 14 years worth, to come clean but never did. When the story broke, he had weeks to come out and defend himself, but never did. You people keep saying that these are “claims and allegations” –My man, these are cold hard mother fucking facts of life, not speculation. This report finally solidifies everything into fact, eventhough anyone with half a brain over the past half a year can read between the lines for themselves and realize that something fishy was going on.
    Wake up! I haven’t even logged onto Facebook yet, but if all the penn state people on there are half as bad as you are, I’m probly just gonna throw my computer out the window.
    Melt that fucking statue and shit on it. Twice.

  12. Hasn’t this been obvious from the start. I’m pretty sure a lot, if not most of the top officials at Penn State knew about this. And obviously they’re going to try to save the integrity of the school. No surprise here.

  13. I heard from a chick that will bang Trent Cole this weekend that JoePa loved to have kids cum in his glasses. True story

  14. June 1998:
    – District Attorney declines to bring charges against Sandusky.
    Paterno is bigger than the DA?

  15. A bronze bird bath would look good where that fucking POS statue sits right now.

  16. District Attorney declines to bring charges against Sandusky. – and that DA disappeared off the face of the Earth…anybody check under Jerry’s basement?

  17. Talbot’s F-ng penis, you’re a F-ing idiot. You must not have kids. Because if you did, you wouldn’t be taking the stance you are. I would bet my life that Paterno knew everything that was going on from (just about) the start. I think he knew way before shit was even documented, he knew there was fucked up shit going on. The whole thing is so f-ed up, and for ssoooooo many years this fucking egocentric, nieve assholes knowingly downplayed it

  18. And your “there 3 sides to every story”! Dude, your crazy if you think there is more than 1 story to a decade+, multi-child child molestation ring that was occurring in broad daylight, in and around everyone and the facilities. Its so F-ed up.

  19. And since i’m on a rant…where the F is the NCAA in all of this? they should drop the HAMMER on psu for this whole tabackle. I’m anxious to see how the NCAA handles this and PSU’s punishment

  20. @Worleys, Not that i disagree with you whatsoever, I actually just read something that no NCAA rules were violated and the NCAA doesn’t have jurisdiction over something of this nature. Obviously something like this has never happened before so no rules were ever implemented.
    If there were to implement a rule and make it retroactive against PSU, it would open a can of worms for the NCAA to investigate to make all current rules retroactive.

  21. “I think he knew…” Think? I hope you’re not a parent, because you’re clearly raising your child to believe that opinion and fact mean the same thing. Nowhere did I ever say (nor have I thought) that any of this isn’t sad or wrong to the fullest. I THINK people are blaming JoePa more than Sandusky in a way. All I said it that no one (including you, since you “think”) know exactly what JoePa knew…that’s all. Nice rant, get your heart rate down now. Also, my statements were BEFORE any of this Freeh report was publicized. I’m sure I’ll take a difference stance once I get outta work and am able to read up on everything. I don’t voice my opinion (or fact, whichever the word means) until I research. I don’t jump to conclusions, I don’t form a thought, I don’t rant on subjects until I read more than one article or after a CNN report runs. All I stated (once again, BEFORE the Freeh report, check the time of my post) was that no one knew what JoePa knew except for him, and he was being treated as if he was the molester. I never said JoePa was 100% innocent, I was just stating that up to that point (to me), the supervisors swept it under the carper more-so than him.

  22. Listen, no offense, but this is not the average, run-of-the-mill NCAA offense we are discussing here. The fact that you need to get out of work TODAY and read this report BEFORE YOU FORM AN OPINION is crazy! Pull your head out of the sand. Any living, breathing human being had this story pegged weeks ago, if not longer. For how deeply rooted, prolonged and detailed a story this all is, its actally pretty simple to access who is at fault and who should have corrected the situation years/decades ago

  23. I understand that people were able to predict the future by having the story pegged weeks ago (since you all had access to the upcoming Freeh report), but if the Freeh report claimed JoePa did enough (Clearly, this for the sake of argument) everyone would be singing a different tune after 10am this morning. As I said before, I’m sure my opinion will change after I read the report (read some of it already)…but I refused to form an iron clad opinion until I was aware of all the facts. If (once again for argument’s sake) the report stated that JoePa did enough, and the other 3 were at fault…would you opinion be different? That’s all I’m trying to say. I’ll never post or even think that Joe Paterno’s name isnt untouchable, he clearly screwed up big time.

  24. You are making this much more complicated than I am. And that is what I am trying to say, you feel the necessity to read the report and then come up with an opinion. I don’t need to read a report, I have been, and still am, under the assumption that JoePa knew so much/everything for years and years and years. This was not eye opening to me at all. It just justifies my pre-file opinion.

  25. So your problem with me that I had a different opinion than you before I waited for all the facts to come out? I’m confused. I thought I was following the “don’t jump to conclusions” method that we’ve learned as children. Clearly the report justified your pre-file opinion…so you were right. Doesn’t mean I was wrong for waiting to hear the whole story. As I said before, if the file contained evidence of JoePa that went the other way, you’d be wrong…doesn’t make me wrong for waiting or having a different pre-file opinion than you. The defense rests 😉

  26. Talbot’s: I think this is a once in a decade situation that someone should not think, but just act on their morals, on what’s right. And I also think that your “thinking/reading/assessing and waiting” to make a proper decision is so HR friendly and politically correct, yet the worst possible decision, that in this situation I’m happy I reacted and formed an opinion and just didn’t wait to see what a document said. I feel confident in my opinion of the situation and how I would have handled it.

  27. And back to your 4:26pm post, no my problem with you is not only did you have a different opinion than me, it’s that I don’t know if you can make a proper split second decision to do what’s right. This was a rare case of act-first, think later. You sound like when push comes to shove you would have pulled a mcqueary and walked away with not enough “facts”

  28. Clearly you sound like an idiot to try to determine what I’d do if I were in McQueary based on a sports blog disagreement. I’m rather sure you’re a lost cause when it comes to being open minded. I also believe you missed the whole point in my argument. I never once debating that if JoePa knew what was going on, that he should’ve reported…I simply said that I was waiting for the report to come out to find out WHAT JOEPA KNEW. Good god you’re lost in life.

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