Joe Paterno's legacy was shredded by a damning 267-page report that concluded the Penn State coach had placed his vaunted football program above the safety of children preyed upon by a serial child sexual predator. Last July, the late coach's wife, Sue, and their children were devastated by the Freeh report's conclusions and by how quickly the man they loved was condemned by millions of Americans as a fraud.
Sunday, the Paternos struck back by releasing a damning report of their own. Titled "Critique of The Freeh Report: The Rush to Injustice Regarding Joe Paterno," a Washington, D.C., law firm hired by the Paterno family has produced a 238-page sweeping and provocative indictment of former FBI chief Louis J. Freeh's university-commissioned inquiry of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal.
By relying on three experts highly regarded in their respective fields, including former Attorney General Dick Thornburgh, the Paterno family report raises troubling questions about the findings, motives, independence and investigative techniques of Freeh's investigators. The Paterno family's report concludes there is no factual support for Freeh's "inaccurate and unfounded findings" that Paterno participated in a conspiracy of silence allowing Sandusky to run amok on and off campus sexually abusing young boys for more than a decade.