The results of the Paterno family-sponsored report were released yesterday and not-so-shockingly, they basically call the Freeh report a pile of inaccuracies and falsehoods.
I understand the desire of Sue Paterno and the other members of the Paterno family to clear Joe Paterno’s name and legacy so I get why they wanted to have their own investigation done. However, it’s hard to believe a report that is commissioned by an individual (or a family) because the people paid to do the investigation will want to do everything in their power to ensure the report says what the person/family wants to be said. If you read the report, the self-serving nature of this report is clear – the report set out to show that JoePa did nothing wrong and that’s what it shows.
The title of the report pretty much shows what the goal of the family-sponsored investigation was – to clear JoePa’s name and save his legacy. What’s the title of the report? It is:
CRITIQUE OF THE FREEH REPORT:
THE RUSH TO INJUSTICE REGARDING JOE PATERNO
The rush to injustice…not, “what really happened”, not “Joe Paterno’s involvement”, or anything else that would leave you to believe it is unbiased in nature.
I am not going to go into detail regarding what either report found – you can read both for yourself (the link to the Paterno family report is above and here is the Freeh Report).
Are there issues with the Freeh report? Of course. When key people in the case refuse to talk to the investigators (namely Tim Curley and Gary Schultz – who probably didn’t want anything they said to be used against in them in their own perjury cases), there will be “holes.”
Did the Freeh report jump to some conclusions? Yes, but the conclusions are only based on the evidence they had in front of them (email trails etc).
Once again, the victims of this tragedy have taken a back seat in this whole story. When the incidents happened, the people in power at Penn State (this includes Joe Paterno who was THE power at Penn State) cared more about the school than the victims and because of their inactions many more children were victimized by Jerry Sandusky. The Paterno Family-sponsored report has done the same thing – it has tried to clear JoePa’s name and legacy instead of trying to get down to what exactly happened.
We will never know the full truth of who knew what, who did what, and/or who didn’t do what. The key figures in this case either are not talking because they are currently waiting trial, currently serving a prison sentence or they have passed away. The Freeh report is, I believe, the best “truth” we will ever get in this case.
Did a great man (Paterno) not do enough to stop these incidents? I believe so. Did a great university (at least key players within the university) place the school above everything else? Yes. Were there more victims because of the university’s and others’ inaction? Most definitely. The one solace in all of this, no matter who else did or didn’t do something, is that the real villain in all this, Jerry Sandusky, will be spending the rest of his life in jail and that’s all what really matters.
Hopefully what the Sandusky investigation, the Freeh Report and the Paterno family’s report will do is ensure that this kind of thing never happens again. Hopefully other universities and corporation learn the lesson of Penn State, Joe Paterno and Jerry Sandusky – nothing is more important than protecting children and other victims. Your business, school, or brand should never come before protecting innocence.
Does the Paterno family-sponsored report change your opinion about Joe Paterno's involvement in the Jerry Sandusky case?
- No (70%, 14 Votes)
- Yes (30%, 6 Votes)
Total Voters: 20