Sue Paterno defends husband
Over a year after the scandal the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State broke, Sue Paterno wrote a letter defending her late husband.
She is the wife of former Penn State coach, Joe Paterno, and sent a letter out to the Penn State players, according to the Associated Press.
In her letter, which will be public on Sunday on paterno.com at 9 A.M., she told the former players about the Jerry Sandusky child abuse case. The report is of the family’s response to former FBI director Louis Freeh’s report.
In her letter, Sue Paterno wrote, ”When the Freeh report was released last July, I was as shocked as anyone by the findings and by Mr. Freeh’s extraordinary attack on Joe’s character and integrity. I did not recognize the man Mr. Freeh described. I am here to tell you as definitively and forcefully as I know how that Mr. Freeh could not have been more wrong in his assessment of Joe.”
She also wrote, ”This cannot happen. The Freeh report failed and if it is not challenged and corrected, nothing worthwhile will have come from these tragic events.”
It was in November 2011 that Sandusky was arrested for child abuse. The scandal then had many effects. Paterno was fired, Graham Spanier’s departure were both results.
Sandusky, 69, was sentenced to 30 years in jail for 45 criminal counts in June. In the next month Freeh released his report which included 430 interviews and analyzed over 3.5 million emails.
Freeh wrote in his report, “Taking into account the available witness statements and evidence, it is more reasonable to conclude that, in order to avoid the consequences of bad publicity, the most powerful leaders at Penn State University – Messrs. Spanier, Schultz, Paterno and Curley – repeatedly concealed critical facts relating to Sandusky’s child abuse.”
After that Penn State quickly removed the gold statue of Paterno outside of their stadium. The NCAA then said after that Freeh’s report revealed “an unprecedented failure of institutional integrity leading to a culture in which a football program was held in higher esteem.”
Next up was the punishments from the NCAA. The NCAA stripped Paterno of 111 wins, placed a four year bowl ban on the school’s program, made strict scholarship cuts, and fined Penn State $60 million, according to USA Today.
Joe Paterno died in January 2012. His wife ended her letter to his former players, ”The great fathers, husbands and citizens you have become fulfill the dreams Joe had. All that we want – and what I believe we owe the victims, Joe Paterno and everyone who cares about Penn State – is the full record of what happened. On this point, I know the advice Joe would give. Don’t give up. Don’t be afraid. Do the right thing. And make sure your actions serve the greater good. This is the path I will continue to follow.”
Be sure to check paterno.com on Sunday to know the “full record of what happened” and then hopefully there will be some closure to the Penn State scandal.