Wednesday, November 10

10 Years Later: Unfinished Business of Sandusky Scandal

Freeh should have to pay back over $8.5 M plus damages to the University

In my last post, I discussed the long overdue action of naming the football field as Paterno Field at Beaver Stadium as a means of honoring legendary coach Joseph V. Paterno.

But that isn't the only unfinished business of the Sandusky Scandal.

Numerous actions should take place in order to right the wrongs and hold people accountable for their dishonesty.    While the list of villains of this scandal is long, there are some who can be realistically held accountable for their wrongdoing.  Unfortunately, there are others who will walk away from the scandal without getting the punishment they deserve.

First, let's focus on those who can realistically be held accountable -- and former FBI Director Louis Freeh is at the top on the list.

Tuesday, October 19

After nearly 10 years, it's time to do the right thing

"There's never a wrong time to do the right thing."  (Charles M. Blow)

In late summer 2021,  Penn State University honored Sue Paterno, placing her on the cover of the Penn Stater magazine while writing about her life.  Of course, much of the story revolved around Sue's life spent as the wife of legendary football coach and mother of five, as well as her well known efforts as a volunteer for the University and the community.

The column was long overdue and a step in the right direction.

Saturday, May 29

Dishonest Shapiro Continues Cover Up Lie

PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro continues to repeat the lie of Tom Corbett, Linda Kelly, Louis Freeh, and numerous media know nothings that former PSU President Graham Spanier covered up the child abuse crimes of Jerry Sandusky.

Shapiro's tweet, above, contains false and defamatory statements because Shapiro knows that that not a single witness or document presented at Spanier's trial alleged that the former PSU President was ever informed of child abuse.

1.  Spanier did not "turn a blind eye to child abuse."

Gary Schultz and Tim Curley testified that they told Spanier it was horseplay.

The key witness, Mike McQueary, never spoke to Spanier.

No emails or notes (from 1998 and/or 2001) show that Spanier was ever informed of child abuse. 

2.  Spanier did not "cover up Jerry Sandusky's abuse."

Aside from never being informed of "abuse," there is no evidence of a cover-up.  

If this were an actual cover up, the eyewitness would have been sworn to silence (and possibly paid off),  there would have been no emails or notes to find, and the University's lawyer would not have been looped in.   

Instead, Spanier and others communicated openly about the incident on email, Schultz kept notes about the meetings, the University General Counsel reviewed the incident, the incident was reported to The Second Mile, and the eye-witness, Mike McQueary, was not told to keep quiet.  

There was no cover-up -- at least not by Spanier, Curley, Schultz, and Paterno.

And, by the way, what would the motive be to cover-up the crimes of a person who is no longer an employee, coach, or otherwise has no real involvement with the University?