Comment
0
Tweet
1
Print
RSS Feeds

Reaction to Freeh Group's findings on Penn State

Friday - 7/13/2012, 2:58am  ET

By The Associated Press

(AP) - Reactions to Freeh Report released Thursday that found Joe Paterno and other top Penn State officials hushed up child sex abuse allegation against Jerry Sandusky more than a decade ago for fear of bad publicity:

"The idea that any sane, responsible adult would knowingly cover up for a child predator is impossible to accept. The far more realistic conclusion is that many people didn't fully understand what was happening and underestimated or misinterpreted events. Sandusky was a great deceiver. He fooled everyone _ law enforcement, his family, coaches, players, neighbors, university officials, and everyone at Second Mile." _ Paterno family statement.

___

"To my understanding ... when all is said and done, Joe never said (to former Athletic Director Tim) Curley, `Don't investigate.' There was no intent to conceal (anything) by Joe ... It was reported to people he was supposed to." _ Scott Paterno, the late coach's son.

___

"Very often the people closest to someone like this are the ones that miss it. We aren't the only ones who missed it. ... Every one of us wishes that we would have seen something or caught something that would have done something about it." _ Jay Paterno, the late coach's son, speaking to ESPN.

___

"There are monsters among us, people who will hurt children for their own sexual gratification. Every university, school, business and individual has an obligation to follow up and report such cases." _ Gov. Tom Corbett, who was attorney general when the investigation into Sandusky was begun by state prosecutors.

___

"(Paterno's) 61 years of excellent service to the university is now marred." _ Karen Peetz, chairwoman of the university's board of trustees.

___

"Unfortunately, Judge Freeh's conclusion, repeated often during his press conference this morning, that Dr. Spanier was engaged in a course of `active concealment,' is simply not supported by the facts or by the report itself." _ Timothy Lewis and Peter Vaira, lawyers for ousted university president Graham Spanier.

___

"It really confirms everybody's worst fears about what was going on there. The fact that this is such a complete indictment of the university leadership is opening people's eyes to the potential liability that schools face if they don't address this correctly. ... Heads of every college and university in the country have got to be taking note of this, and calling board meetings today and saying, `We need to make sure that we change the way we're doing things.'" _ Scott Berkowitz, president of the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network.

___

"I think that we should be careful that we don't paint the entire football program over a long period of time with a single brush. ... These things happen in schools, in churches, in youth camps ... all over." _ Penn State President Rodney Erickson, who called the scandal the "most painful chapter" in school history.

___

"He built this town. All of his victories, he'll be remembered by everyone in town for a long time, but there will be that hesitation." _ Christian Beveridge, a masonry worker who grew up near Penn State on Paterno's legacy.

___

"The report notes that before the 1998 incident involving Victim 6, university employees, including coaches, observed Sandusky showering with a young boy in Penn State facilities on multiple occasions. Apparently, with regard to Sandusky, the University and its employees embraced a philosophy of hear no evil, see no evil, and speak no evil," said Howard Janet, a lawyer for Victim 6.

___

"The Freeh Group was limited in its investigation by lack of subpoena power and the reluctance of many people to be interviewed. ... The result is a lopsided document that leaves the majority of the story untold," said defense lawyer Caroline Roberto, who represents Curley.

___

"When the complete factual story is told before an impartial jury, it will be clear that Mike McQueary never told Mr. Schultz that he witnessed Mr. Sandusky engaging in anal intercourse with a young boy, that Mr. Schultz did not possess or maintain any secret files about Mr. Sandusky, and that there were no efforts between and among Messrs. Schultz, Curley, Paterno and Spanier to conceal Mr. Sandusky's behavior," said defense lawyer Tom Farrell, who represents former university vice president Gary Schultz.

___

"I am carefully reading the report and recommendations with respect to the football department, including any gaps that may exist, to identify what changes can and should be made," said head football coach Bill O'Brien. "We can and we must do better. Nonetheless, I too remain proud of the accomplishments and character of Penn State's many generations of student-athletes, and I look forward to doing my part to ensure we emerge stronger than before."

   1 2  -  Next page  >>