Emails are not what Press or Freeh is making them out to be!

Jerry Sandusky’s football career was ended by his Second Mile work, not abuse allegations

The Freeh report includes an email from athletic director Tim Curley to university President Graham Spanier a month before the bear-hug incident, in which the men discuss Sandusky’s future at Penn State. University vice president Gary Schultz was copied on the emails.

Curley tells Spanier: “Jerry and I had several conversations this past week about the Assistant AD position. He visited Joe last week and is to let me know early this week if he’s interested.”

In an email the following day, Curley said Sandusky did not want the assistant athletic director position. Curley wrote, “Joe tells me he made it clear to Jerry he will not be the next head coach.”

The Freeh report includes a transcript of undated handwritten notes from Joe Paterno that appear to be from such a meeting. The notes are marked “Meeting with Jerry and Tim C.”

Paterno wrote: “Jerry – We know it isn’t easy for you, and it isn’t easy for us or Penn State. Part of the reason it isn’t easy is because I allowed and at times tried to help you with your developing the 2nd Mile.”

According to the notes, Paterno told Sandusky, “If there were no 2nd Mile, then I believe … that you probably could be the next Penn State FB Coach. But you wanted the best of two worlds, and I probably should have sat down with you 6 or 7 years ago and said, ‘Look Jerry, if you want to be the Head Coach at Penn State, give up your association with the 2nd Mile and concentrate on nothing but your family and Penn State.’”

Curley reminded Spanier that the following year Sandusky would have 30 years in the Pennsylvania State Employees’ Retirement System. At the time, there was a “30-and-out” window allowing people with 30 years’ service to retire at any age without penalty and receive full benefits. That window would close in June 30, 1999.

As Paterno, Curley, Spanier and Schultz cast about for a post-coaching role that would suit Sandusky, the report of him showering with a boy came in. Sometime between May 27 and June 1, 1998, the Centre County district attorney decided not to prosecute Sandusky related to that incident.

Sandusky continued to coach.

The Freeh report includes a letter Sandusky sent to Curley dated almost exactly one year later — on May 28, 1999 — in which he opts for the 30-and-out retirement option.

“As I struggle with the difficult decision of a career change, many factors enter my mind,” Sandusky wrote.

“Foremost, I am concerned about my mental health, the financial security of my family and mother, and the well-being of The Second Mile.”

As Penn State officials negotiated the terms of Sandusky’s retirement a year after the investigation into his shower activities, the defensive coordinator demanded Penn State promotion of Second Mile events and on-going use of Penn State athletic facilities.

The Freeh report notes that a draft copy of the terms of Sandusky’s retirement was found in Paterno’s personal papers with his handwritten comments. Where it said Sandusky would have continuing access to training and workout facilities, Paterno wrote “Is this for personal use or 2nd Mile kids. No to 2nd Mile. Liability problems.”

What Tom Paine has to Say about Freeh Report

Believed to be”? A $6 million dollar investigation into what was the biggest story in the country for weeks, and an attack on a man’s credibility, grand jury testimony and public statements is based on “believed to be”? Why doesn’t he know. Why didn’t he find out. Why wasn’t he able to say in a report that uses this email to accuse Paterno of lying about what he knew back in 1998 and, by extension, lying to the grand jury, without confirming it? Is it possible since Sandusky was still a coach at Penn State that the reference is to him and that Curley was keeping him abreast of the investigation? Am I saying that is the case? No. Am I saying its possible? Yes. And with no other corroboration by Freeh, just this vague email, that asks “anything new in this department” ask yourself if any jury in the country would convict a man of anything based solely on this.

Notice the rank dishonesty of this. The words “after Curley’s initial updates..” Updates is plural. Where are they? Where is the evidence, not Freeh’s biased and dishonest conclusion, but proof, there were initial updates? How many? Where are they? All he talks about in the report is the one vague May 13 email.

He also states in that one sentence, ” the available record is not clear as to how the conclusion of the Sandusky investigation was conveyed to Paterno”. But where is Freehs proof that it was conveyed at all?

But not constrained by a court or a judge or the rules of evidence, Freeh unethically and like a prosecutor trying to make a case, he says what he wants facts or not.

There is no fact in Freeh’s written reportthat shows that the conclusion of the Sandusky investigation was ever conveyed to Paterno. He just says it. He just wants you to take his word for it. But he has no proof. Which may be why Freeh says, darn, he cant find any evidence of how it was done.

And Dan Vannata at ESPN magazine did report a few days ago that a source, probably in Freeh’s own group who had seen all the emails told him that this email from Curley was “definitely taken out of context” and chosen to put everyone in the worst possible light. Any honest person without an agenda has to ask why did Freeh use the words ” consulted with” when the email said “after talking with”? Why did Freeh say “they” when the email said “I”? Where is the proof that this wasnt  referencing the initial meeting Paterno had with Curley where he relayed what McQueary said he saw and where they agreed to report it to “everyone” and that subsequently Curley, on his own changed his mind?

Nowhere in Curley’s email does he say he consulted with Paterno. That is Freeh’s word and he offers not a shred of proof to back it up even though it in itself convicts Paterno of being implicated in Curley’s decision not to report it without one shred of corroborating evidence to support it.
 In truth, the implication in Curley’s email is the opposite because Curley constantly uses the word “I” and not “we” in his email to Spanier. Freeh on the other hand,using the same email constantly uses the word ” they” as in Paterno and Curley. And again he does it without one shred of evidence to back it up. Only the supposition he wants you to swallow.
The two emails cited can certainly raise questions in the minds of reasonable people. And though all the available facts, to use Freeh’s term, say otherwise about Paterno being involved in any cover up or lying to the grand jury, or knowing what Freeh tries to claim Paterno knew, they would have been worth investigating to find the facts behind the emails and clarify them for the record, instead of using speculation and distortion to make a dishonest case.

They would have been worth investigating. If there had been an ethical and honest investigator doing the job.



Freeh’s report is a disservice to the people of Pennsylvania

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The most troubling question of all remains: Are state officials, and not children, protected in Pennsylvania?

Former FBI Director Louis Freeh‘s report on child abuse at Penn State deliberately conceals the inactions and misbehaviors of state and local law enforcement officials — including Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett — in the same long-running scandal.

The report tas such is a disservice to the people of Pennsylvania.

It serves as a not-too-clever political whitewash and diversion for prominent Pennsylvania politicians, including Corbett, implicated in the same misdeeds.

Freeh’s report makes clear its limited scope in its title: “Report of the Special Investigative Counsel Regarding the Actions of The Pennsylvania State University Related to the Child Sexual Abuse Committed by Gerald A. Sandusky.”

No mention is made in the title, nor in the report itself, of the years of inaction in this case involving the Pennsylvania Attorney General‘s Office and the office of the Centre County District Attorney.

“Our most saddening and sobering finding is the total disregard for the safety and welfare of Sandusky’s child victims,” Freeh said of his deliberately limited report. “The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized.”

What Freeh does not mention is that the most powerful men in Pennsylvania politics also took no steps to help those kids.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett for more than three years — from at least 2008 to 2011 — did little or nothing to protect Sandusky’s young victims.

Centre County District Attorney Michael Madeira got the Sandusky case in 2007. Madeira also did nothing to bring charges for a year until he referred the case in 2008 to Corbett.

The ignored case sat in Corbett’s office until 2011, while Corbett ran for governor, and while he took political contributions from (and later enabled) Sandusky’s Second Mile Charity.

We should mention that Centre County DA Ray Gricar as well refused to prosecute Sandusky in 1998. When DA Gricar vanished mysteriously in 2005, AG Tom Corbett strangely also refused to launch a serious investigation into that troubling development.

Corbett moreoever is a high-ranking and trusted member of the Penn State Board of Trustees. It’s inexcusable that he was excluded from Freeh’s supposedly thorough investigation.

By hermetically sealing the perimeters of his investigation at the doors of Penn State, and refusing to ask the hard questions involving Gov. Corbett and other public officials beyond the gates of Old Main, former Director Freeh, himself a longtime political appointee, has raised more questions than he answers.

Why did Tom Corbett do nothing for three years? Why is Coach Paterno held to a different or higher standard than Governor Corbett?

The most troubling question of all remains: Are state officials, and not children, protected in Pennsylvania?

Freeh Report: Joe Paterno exposed as Penn State’s Cowardly Lion–go after aol–this should never have been published!

By Lisa Olson,  aol cloumnist
Post note:  This article is the biggest piece of horse manure I have seen yet!  Read it, and then write to AOL, and suggest to the Paterno family that they sue AOL and Lisa Olson for libel and defamation of character!!  90% of what she says in this article simply is not true or factual!!
Tear down the statue. Dismantle the frozen likeness of Joe Paterno waving to his admirers; rip it from its bronze base. Dump the parts in the Susquehanna River, throw them under a moving bus, it doesn’t really matter. Just get the odious image out of there.

Then move onto the library and scrub away any remnants of Paterno’s name, because never again should the once-beloved coach have any hold over a community that once viewed him as an omnipotent king.

Joe Paterno maintained that he knew nothing of the 1998 abuse allegation against Jerry Sandusky, but the Freeh Report indicates that he was well aware of it. (AP Photo)

In sports, there is nothing worse than being called a coward. So blasphemous is that word, so offensive and heinous, it can ruin reputations and launch brawls. And now we know the ugly truth about Paterno: He was a coward of the very worst kind.

The cowardice is laid bare in the 267-page report released Thursday by former FBI director Louis Freeh and his team of investigators. Paterno actively took part in a conspiracy to conceal the raping of children. Not once over a span of at least 14 years, as his top lieutenant continued to flaunt his young prey, did Paterno do a single thing to fight for those boys.

When they desperately needed his voice, he remained silent. When they cried for a protector, a strong authoritative figure to make sure their rapist would never again come near, Paterno instead worried about his precious program.

And he had the gall to insist in a letter he supposedly wrote many months ago that this horrific scandal had nothing to do with football? Now we know why the Paterno family went on such a PR offensive this past week. They conveniently held onto that letter until the day before the Freeh report was released, so the public might again be reminded of Paterno’s vast achievements.

Whatever good he might have done in his 85 years on the planet—however many lives he affected for the better, however many games his teams won, however many millions of dollars and sponsors he brought to the university—all of that gets tossed aside in this harsh light.

At his core, this supposed great leader of men has been exposed as a narcissistic snake, a bullying, gutless yellow belly.

Rather than use his extraordinary clout to halt the abuse and haul Jerry Sandusky out from under his convenient facade, Paterno chose to focus on his own legacy, to engage in an active cover-up. The conspiracy went all the way to the top of the food chain, the report eviscerating Paterno, president Graham Spanier, athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz for failing to act “against a child sexual predator harming children for over a decade.”

“In order to avoid the consequences of bad publicity, the most powerful leaders at the university—Spanier, Schultz, Paterno and Curley—repeatedly concealed critical facts relating to Sandusky’s child abuse from the authorities, the board of trustees, the Penn State community and the public at large,” noted the report.

It’s far worse than we ever expected. From Freeh’s first interview with a subject on the day before Thanksgiving of 2011 to his final interview last Friday, he and his team spoke with more than 400 sources and pored through reams of documents to uncover damning, sickening evidence that the most powerful men at PSU enabled a child rapist in their midst.

All the way back in 1998, when Sandusky was the target of a criminal investigation, Paterno knew there were serious concerns about his top defensive coordinator. But up until his death of lung cancer in January, Paterno always maintained ignorance about the ’98 case. So he’s a liar as well as a coward. Hailed forever as the most ethical coach in football history, Paterno was really a heartless fraud.

“The evidence shows that Mr. Paterno was made aware of the 1998 investigation of Sandusky, followed it closely, but failed to take any action, even though Sandusky had been a key member of his coaching staff for almost 30 years, and had an office just steps away from Mr. Paterno’s,” the report reads.

“At the very least, Mr. Paterno could have alerted the entire football staff, in order to prevent Sandusky from bringing another child into the Lasch Building. Messrs. Spanier, Schultz, Paterno and Curley also failed to alert the Board of Trustees about the 1998 investigation … None of them even spoke to Sandusky about his conduct.

“In short, nothing was done and Sandusky was allowed to continue with impunity.”

Not once did Paterno ever poke his head into his buddy’s office and say, “Hey, Jer, maybe you should stop bringing around these guests?” That’s what they called Sandusky’s prey, his victims. Guests. The fantastic four are delusional criminals, all of them.

At a press conference in Philadelphia on Thursday morning, Freeh was asked if he believed Paterno could have stopped Sandusky’s predatory behavior. “Many, many witnesses we spoke to described Mr. Paterno as one of the most powerful leaders on campus,” responded Freeh.

“I think it’s a very strong and reasonable inference that he could have done so if he wished.”

It’s reasonable to wonder how Paterno would have reacted if Sandusky’s “guests”—and the stomach turns while typing that—hadn’t been mostly children from broken homes, but kids who were promising athletes. Because at the heart of the cover-up lies the football culture, so indomitable at so many universities but especially invincible in Happy Valley, where Paterno pulled the strings for nearly five decades.

The rapes of these boys occurred in the Lasch Building, said Freeh. Paterno had his office in the Lasch Building. Sandusky brought his victims to football camps supported by PSU, paraded them through the football facilities.

“There are more red flags here than you can count over a long period of time,” Freeh said.

To all the fools who rioted after Paterno was justifiably fired, please report to Beaver Stadium to aid in civilly bringing down that statue. To all the sycophants who still proudly wear their “Joe Knows” T-shirts, kindly spend a day volunteering with young victims of sexual assault. It’s precisely because of silence and fear that a staggering number of children—one in six, and that’s a conservative estimate—continue to be victimized by monsters like Sandusky.

Paterno and his backslappers have always portrayed him as confused man who couldn’t possibly have understood the depravities former Nittany Lions captain Mike McQueary said he witnessed in 2001. Here’s more hogwash from the supreme leader.

“You did the right thing. Now it’s up to me to decide what we want to do,” is how Freeh described Paterno’s response to McQueary, who saw Sandusky raping a boy in the football showers. Also, it was a Friday, and Paterno, being such a great and thoughtful leader, didn’t want to ruin anyone’s weekend.

According to Freeh, Curley, Spanier and Schultz wanted to report Sandusky to child welfare authorities and to the charity he founded, The Second Mile. But after consulting with Paterno, the plan was changed to keep the allegations in house.

“Their failure to protect the February 9, 2001 child victim, or make attempts to identify him, created a dangerous situation for other unknown, unsuspecting young boys who were lured to the Penn State campus and football games by Sandusky and victimized repeatedly by him,” said the report.

“Further, they exposed this child to additional harm by alerting Sandusky, who was the only one who knew the child’s identity,” it adds.

Indeed, that victim still hasn’t been identified. Wonder what ever happened to him? Perhaps as Sandusky serves a life sentence in prison for his heinous crimes on young boys, he’ll eventually shed some light on that boy’s whereabouts.

These past seven months, clearly, haven’t hardened Freeh. As a former prosecutor, he’s dealt with the lowest kind of slime, mobsters and politicians and bankers and murderers, but when he spoke off-script about just one of the investigation’s unbearable turns, the disgust and incredulity in his voice was beyond clear.

Think of the janitors, Freeh said. It was their job to clean and maintain the facilities in a building where boys were being raped. After one of those janitors, a Korean War veteran, witnessed Sandusky assaulting a child in the showers in 2000, he told his colleagues that never had he seen anything so horrific.

“The janitors knew if they blew the whistle, they’d be fired,” Freeh said “They were afraid to take on the football program. It’s like going against the president of the United States.

“If that’s the culture on the bottom, God help the culture on top.”

With its bronze finger raised to signify Penn State—or maybe the coach himself—is No. 1, the statue of Paterno now serves to taunt every child victim.

Blow the damn thing up.