Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Response to Critique of Freeh Report


As expected, the response to the Sue Paterno-generated report which points out problems in the Freeh Report, we anticipated the response of the national media.  The usual scorn, and mind-twisting attempts by [mostly] sports journalists [and we use the term journalists loosely...perhaps head hunters is more appropriate] appeared on the Web, on TV and in print media yesterday in a blizzard of responses that proved that most of the responders had not even fully read the CRITIQUE OF THE FREEH REPORT: THE RUSH TO INJUSTICE REGARDING JOE PATERNO.

This is to be expected of the current members of the Fourth Estate [who should not be allowed anywhere near a camera, microphone, keyboard, or pen].  

Herman Melville wrote:
"There are some persons in this world, who, unable to give better proof of being wise, take a strange delight in showing what they think they have sagaciously read in mankind by uncharitable suspicions of them.“
As a class of people, journalists have left behind ethics, and morals, and right and wrong, and write based on what passes for style and personality.  As a class, they abhor goodness in people, seeking out the opportunity to point out their faults, and failures, real and imagined.  They cannot abide by the concept that there are good people in this world, for they would not recognize one even if he walked on water, and shared a few fish and loaves of bread with a multitude. 

No, we are not comparing Joe Paterno to any religious figure, but as a man who lived his life by the most basic of principles, not only Christian, but principles that were, and should still be, universal, Joe did so without exception, regardless of the price to be paid, and unflinchingly.  The members of the Fourth Estate would have you believe that no such person exists.

Perhaps it is because of their own lack of such principles that they can no longer tolerate anyone who is better than they are.

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Sunday, February 10, 2013

The Fall of the Freeh Report

Here is the conclusion to the stunning report that refutes the conclusions drawn by Louis Freeh in his report last year. 


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Joe Paterno died on January 22, 2012, concerned for the victims in this tragedy, determined that the full truth should be revealed, and hopeful that these awful events could raise consciousness of child abuse detection more broadly and prevent its recurrence.  Joe Paterno also died before the few emails on which the Freeh Group based its speculative opinions could be discussed with him. In the most significant ways, the Freeh report does little to advance the truth as to Joe Paterno, and leaves questions that may never be answered with Joe Paterno’s death.

The evidence that does exist reflects a very different reality regarding Joe Paterno than the fiction invented by the Freeh report.  It shows a man who never concealed, controlled, or knew of any details of sexual abuse in the 1998 investigation that cleared Sandusky; a man who reported promptly what he learned to his superior(s) in 2001; a man who told the truth to the best of his recollection when asked questions in 2011 about his memory of events a decade earlier; and a man who took responsibility for his actions publicly and privately and, with the benefit of hindsight, wished he had done more when learning the extent of Jerry Sandusky’s deceptions in 2011.

Joe Paterno never mentioned the impact of this scandal on his “legacy,” a term that has been overwrought and elevated to great prominence by others.  Instead, he described these events as one of the great sorrows of his life, that as a father of 5 children with 17 grandchildren he was saddened and sickened to learn of these details, and that even at the end of his life he hoped he could still be helpful.  None of these sentiments is consistent with the negative implication of cowardice and conspiracy ascribed to Joe Paterno in the Freeh report.

Joe Paterno’s actions in this matter, and the balance of his life, repeatedly demonstrate that he tried his best to do the right thing with honor and integrity.  Some may vilify the loyalty to the “Penn State way” as part of the cause of this tragedy, but that misimpression based on the flawed Freeh report cannot change the immutable fact that Joe Paterno and Penn State have stood for what is right and good in our society, even if part of that commitment means acknowledging and learning from mistakes and emerging stronger because of them.

Our deepest concern and sympathies remain with the victims of this tragedy, and the Paterno family is committed to supporting significant steps, and making more contributions financially and emotionally, to increase child sexual victimization awareness, detection, and education in this country.”

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To download a complete copy of this report click here:

CRITIQUE OF THE FREEH REPORT: THE RUSH TO INJUSTICE REGARDING JOE PATERNO

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Saturday, February 09, 2013

Sue Paterno Letter Announcing New Report

In a poignant and pointed letter to former Penn State players, Sue Paterno has announced that she will release a report on the Freeh investigation and report, and the actions of the Penn State Board of Trustees and the NCAA tomorrow morning at 9 AM eastern time.  The link to that report is in the letter, which we are reproducing here.  We pray that Sue and Joe get the justice they deserve rather than the blind rush to judgment that occurred just over a year ago. 

Here is Sue's letter:

Sue Paterno
State College, Pennsylvania
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 February 8, 2013
Dear Lettermen,

For the past fourteen months I have refrained from commenting publicly about the Jerry Sandusky scandal and the related actions by the Board of Trustees, Louis Freeh, the President of Penn State and the NCAA. There have been many times, of course, when I wanted to speak out, but I needed time to deal with the loss of Joe and I believed also that this was a situation that demanded careful, thoughtful, objective analysis. The last thing Joe would have wanted is for me to become just one more voice making claims and assertions that were unsupported by the facts.

The crimes committed by Jerry Sandusky are heartbreaking. As a mother of 5 and grandmother of 17, it is incomprehensible to me that anyone could intentionally harm a child. I think of the victims daily and I pray that God will heal their wounds and comfort their souls.

As this story unfolded, Joe and I believed strongly that the first priority must be to uncover the full truth. Despite the Board of Trustees' rash and irresponsible decision to fire Joe without ever speaking with him, we remained hopeful that the investigation they initiated with Mr. Freeh, along with simultaneous investigations by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, The Second Mile and other entities, would produce a clear and comprehensive record of what transpired. We also hoped that these investigations would result in an actionable set of lessons that other institutions could use to help prevent similar tragedies from unfolding. Sadly, neither outcome has developed.

When the Freeh report was released last July, I was as shocked as anyone by the findings and by Mr. Freeh's extraordinary attack on Joe's character and integrity. I did not recognize the man Mr. Freeh described. I am here to tell you as definitively and forcefully as I know how that Mr. Freeh could not have been more wrong in his assessment of Joe. I knew Joe Paterno as well as one human being can know another. Joe was exactly the moral, disciplined and demanding man you knew him to be. Over the years I watched as he struggled with countless personal and professional challenges. Never - not once - did I see him compromise his principles or twist the truth to avoid bad publicity or protect his reputation. Joe was tough, sometimes difficult, always opinionated and extremely demanding. He was also scrupulously honest, rigidly moral and absolutely unafraid of the consequences of doing the right thing.

After the Freeh report was released I knew immediately that the situation demanded further review. Unfortunately, the Board's response was to panic again. They embraced the report without reviewing it. They never met with Mr. Freeh or his investigators. They asked no questions and challenged no assertions. Although they never officially voted to accept the report, they endorsed its findings and allowed the NCAA to impose unprecedented sanctions. To claim that this ill-considered and rash process served the victims and the university is a grave error. Only the truth serves the victims. Only the truth can help prevent this sort of crime from occurring again.

Although it was not something I ever imagined doing, I directed my lawyer, Wick Sollers, of the King & Spalding firm in Washington DC, to undertake a review of the Freeh report and Joe's actions. I told him to engage the best, most respected experts, to take whatever time he needed and to go wherever the facts led. Sunday morning at 9am we are releasing the full Report by Wick and his team of experts. The report and additional information will be available at Paterno.com.

I will not attempt in this letter to summarize the Report of the experts except to say that they unreservedly and forcefully confirm my beliefs about Joe's conduct.  In addition, they present a passionate and persuasive critique of the Freeh report as a total disservice to the victims of Sandusky and the cause of preventing child sex offenses. I hope you can take the time to review the report and share it with friends and family.

In closing, I want to address two issues that have come up frequently over the last year.  First, some critics say it is no longer appropriate for me or my family to comment further on this case and that the Freeh report and the actions of the NCAA should close the book on the Sandusky scandal. This cannot happen.  The Freeh report failed and if it is not challenged and corrected, nothing worthwhile will have come from these tragic events. 

Second, there has been endless speculation about what my family and I ultimately want to achieve. Is it the return of the statue? The restoration of Joe's wins? His name on the football stadium? On this point I also want to be clear. Joe Paterno's legacy wasn't a statue, a winning record or public adulation. He was grateful for the many accolades he received but he never believed they defined his life. His legacy is his family and you his players. How you live your life speaks louder than any report. The great fathers, husbands and citizens you have become fulfill the dreams Joe had. All that we want - and what I believe we owe the victims, Joe Paterno and everyone who cares about Penn State - is the full record of what happened. On this point, I know the advice Joe would give. Don't give up. Don't be afraid. Do the right thing. And make sure your actions serve the greater good. This is the path I will continue to follow.

I thank you for your support and kindness. My heart and home will always be open to you.

Sincerely,

Sue

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Saturday, February 02, 2013

New Civil War Discussion Group!

If you like to talk about the Civil War, or to learn about it, share ideas, and such, then a new online discussion group that should interest you is starting up.  Called “Contested Ground: Civil War History”, the group aims for good, scholarly discussion of the events leading up to, occurring during, and stemming from the American Civil War. 

Now, as will all new groups, growth is slow at the start, so if you decide to check it out and like what you see, and join, hang in there.  It takes time to build membership and a message and file base. 

This is NOT a Rebs vs. Yanks discussion group, but a group that aims for knowledge sharing among those who are students [and teachers] of the Civil War. 

Feel free to join up and chime in.  It is free and hopefully fun and fascinating!


It will be well worth the joining!

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