The family of Joe Paterno denied the findings of a special investigator who concluded the fact that Paterno covered up for Jerry Sandusky and knew about him sexually abusing children. For fourteen years, the late Penn State football coach remained silent about Sandusky's sexual assault.
Apparently, Paterno was much more concerned with keeping a good reputation for the university and the football program, and did not want the negative attention to reflect badly on the university. Leaving Paterno's name on buildings and his statue up, will cause people in the future to not only forget about how he covered up for Sandusky, but worse, it will cause people to remain to hail him for his contributions to college football.
However, shouldn't football only go so far? According to Louis Freeh, Paterno knew about how Sandusky sexual abused ten different boys, that we know about, over the course of fourteen years. In new findings, Freeh states that Paterno knew about the abuse and could have stopped it if he wanted to. In response to this report, Nike decided to change the name of the Joe Paterno Child Development center as its Oregon headquarters.
Now, the Paterno family has released a statement refuting Freeh's report, and will be hiring their own lawyers and investigators to review and analyze Free's findings.
"Our interest has been and remains the uncovering of the truth," the statement read."We are dismayed by, and vehemently disagree with, some of the conclusions and assertions and the process by which they were developed. Freeh presented his opinions and interpretations as if they were absolute facts."