Sue Paterno commissioned an investigation of Louis Freeh’s investigation, and the result is: JOE DIDN’T DO NOTHIN’!
Wow. Never saw that one coming.
When it comes to an impartial evaluation of Joe Paterno’s role in the Jerry Sandusky child sex scandal, who should I believe? The woman who was married to Joe Paterno for 50 years, or the former director of the FBI? Who would be more unbiased?
Boy, that’s a tough one.
Sue Paterno’s report on her husband is good for nitpicking and not much else. The most crucial facts remain unchanged: For years, Sandusky wallowed in pedophilia at State College, under JoePa’s watch and under JoePa’s nose. At some point, JoePa knew but took insufficient action, at one point killing planned recourse by his nominal superiors.
Nothing in Sue Paterno’s report does much to counter that.
Sue Paterno’s report is designed to rally the troops. It has.
Penn State-types didn’t learn a thing from the Sandusky scandal. Ever since the Freeh Report and subsequent NCAA punishment, emotion and energy has been spent primarily on re-burnishing Paterno’s legend and battling the sanctions. FOOTBALL FIRST. In retrospect, Penn State football should have received the death penalty, because the culture ISN’T CHANGING.
Say Penn State-types could make a deal with the devil: Penn State gets its scholarships, bowl eligibility, reputation and the Paterno legend back, Sandusky gets the kids back. It never happened…but it’s still happening. Would they make that deal?
Damn right they would. That’s what Sue Paterno’s report, and the reaction it evokes from defenders of the Paterno faith, has proved.