Graham Spanier and his lawyers came out with guns blazing yesterday in an attempt to blow holes in the Freeh Report.
First, Spanier’s attorneys held a press conference in Philadelphia. Later in the day, Spanier’s interview with The New Yorker was put online and, in the evening, the former Penn State president appeared on ABC News.
Spanier (and his lawyers) pointed out that despite former FBI director Louis Freeh sifting through thousands of emails and interviewing over 430 people, they only discovered two somewhat incriminating messages and cited a few interviews in coming to the conclusion that Spanier, along with Schultz, Curley and Paterno, were basically the worst people on earth.
Spanier also hinted that Freeh’s investigation was a witch hunt for easy fall guys.
That last, more nefarious assertion is vehemently backed by Greg Bucceroni, the Philadelphia man who told me (and anyone else willing to listen) that he was sexually abused by Philadelphia businessman Ed Savitz from 1977-1980. Bucceroni claims that Savitz sent his naked pictures to Jerry Sandusky and twice introduced him to the The Coach at the Second Mile. We chronicled Bucceroni’s tale here.
Yesterday, Bucceroni, a charter school police officer, followed up on his word and showed up to support Spanier. He caused a bit of a scene at the conclusion of the presser, which you can see at the 1:20 mark of the video after the jump.
Bucceroni’s claims go like this: He says he was abused by Savitz over 30 years ago and was nearly pimped out to Sandusky as part of a child porn ring that included involvement from Philly and New York mobsters. Among other accusations against powerful people who, he claims, covered up child abuse, Bucceroni believes that Freeh, who investigated the mob around that time when he was with the FBI, purposely didn’t include any information from before 1998 in his report because he knew it would turn up a much deeper scandal. It’s a bit of a stretch, but Bucceroni sticks by his story… as you can see by his appearance at yesterday’s press conference.
Step over the jump.