Paternos Blast Freeh Report as 'Rush to Injustice'
Dead coach's family commission own report to salvage legacy
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 10, 2013 8:28 AM CST
In this Nov. 9, 2011 file photo, Joe Paterno and his wife, Sue Paterno, stand on their porch to thank supporters gathered outside their home in State College, Pa.   (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

(Newser) Joe Paterno's family is trying to get the last word in on the tarnished legacy of the legendary Penn State coach, releasing this morning a report of their own that blasts the findings of the Freeh Report. Calling Louis Freeh's conclusion that Paterno concealed Jerry Sandusky's sex abuse of children "fundamentally flawed" and "a rush to injustice," the report appeared on and was billed as an exhaustive response that broke more than a year of silence. The team reviewing Freeh's work included former US Attorney General and Pennsylvania Gov. Dick Thornburgh, an FBI profiler, and others. Freeh has responded, saying he respects the family's right "to shape the legacy of Joe Paterno," but maintains that Paterno should have done more.

“The Freeh Report is a profound failure,” says one of the authors. “It isn't a little wrong on the minor issues. It is totally wrong on the most critical issues. That the Board and the NCAA relied on this report, without appropriate review or analysis, is a miscarriage of justice.” Sue Paterno launched the family's counteroffensive on Friday with a letter to former players, and has recorded an interview with Katie Couric. Among the Paternos' contentions, as per the AP:

  • Paterno never asked or told anyone not to investigate an allegation against Sandusky on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2001.
  • He never asked or told administrators not to report the 2001 allegation.
  • And he never asked or told anyone not to discuss or hide information reported by Mike McQueary about the 2001 allegation.
  • Further, "Paterno reported the information to his superior(s) pursuant to his understanding of university protocol and relied upon them to investigate and report as appropriate," the report says.

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Feb 11, 2013 8:36 AM CST
Really? The PATERNO report found Paterno basically (sorta) innocent then? Tell me it aint so! The Paternos want "extra mile" justice. For Paterno. Not so much for the rape victims. They should just shut up. Don't they know who Joe WAS!?
Feb 10, 2013 10:17 PM CST
"Paterno concealed Jerry Sandusky's sex abuse of children" Paterno concealed GAY Jerry Sandusky's SERIAL sex abuse of 10 LITTLE BOYS FOR DECADES. Paternos, since Joe was not part of the solution, then he was definitely part of the problem. If Joe Paterno were alive, he should be indicted and in prison along with his good buddy jerry sandoosky. Btw, Paternos, all of the million$ should be returned forthwith to the State and distributed to the victims
Feb 10, 2013 12:33 PM CST
Could of Should of he showed part of a human side yes he did report it and anything after that is BULLSHIT cause no matter what you may say think or otherwise nobody can put words in a dead mans mouth. I'm sure if Joe Paterno had lived we would know the truth . As many of parents put their trust in Joe you never heard a bad word about him. After he reported it who can say for sure what dealings he had with whomever he reported it to ? Judge not least thy be Judged. I haven't heard from these boys unless there making some money off of it I wander about some of them. I feel even sorrier for what the boys must have gone through Sandusky sure did bring down a house of cards I hope he gets to enjoy general population if so we haven't heard the last of him sooner than later.