It is unfathomable and illogical to think … someone who experienced massive and persistent abuse as a child … would have knowingly turned a blind eye to a report of child abuse.
--Former PSU President Graham Spanier explaining, in a letter to Penn State trustees, that he was a child-abuse victim and wouldn’t have ‘turned a blind eye’ to others in response to Freeh report.
The end. NCAA hands out punishments for Penn State in the wake of the Sandusky scandal:
Serve four-year postseason ban
Pay $60 million fine
Cut 10 scholarships this season and 20 scholarships for the following four years
Vacate all wins from 1998-2011, a total of 112 victories
[Image: outside the stadium where Joe Paterno’s statue was removed.]
Takeaway From The Freeh Report: Everyone Is Guilty. BuzzFeed’s Nina Mandell breaks down the internal investigation on Penn State’s actions:
- As seemed likely, Joe Paterno was implicated in the cover-up and lack of action in re: Jerry Sandusky.
- Joe Paterno possibly lied to a grand jury about a 1998 incident involving Sandusky.
- Everyone from the executive director of The Second Mile to Joe Paterno was informed about the 2001 shower incident reported by grad assistant Mike McQueary.
- Penn State alumni seem to be disappointed in Paterno.
- The university and athletic department’s lack of structure are faulted.
- The NCAA’s response to the report was muted.
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