Penn State: Child Rape Cool; Buying Clothes for Athletes Not So Much

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At 9am eastern time Thursday, the Freeh report was made public. This is a report of in-depth findings of the Jerry Sandusky/Penn State debacle. Louis Freeh is a former director of the FBI, and he left no stone unturned. He revealed many disturbing facts, many of which have already been known and even reported on here. If nothing else is taken away from the report, let it be this direct quote:

…the Special Investigative Counsel finds that it is more reasonable to conclude that, in order to avoid the consequences of bad publicity, the most powerful leaders of the University—Spanier, Schultz, Paterno, and Curley—repeatedly concealed critical facts relating to Sandusky’s child abuse from the authorities, The University Board of Trustees, the Penn State community, and the public at large.

Paterno and Penn State apologists have nothing left to defend. The legacy is gone. Now, I’m just going to point to one particular situation that fully encompasses the backwards moral compass of the leaders of the Penn State athletic department.

According to the Freeh report, in 1998 Spanier took aggressive steps to ensure that a sports agent, who had bought one of Penn State’s football players $400 worth of clothes, was banned from the Penn State campus for life. Spanier claimed that the agent had, “fooled around with the integrity of the university, and I won’t stand for that.” Penn State conducted a thorough investigation of the matter, and on May 13, 1998, Spanier wrote in an email, “The idea is to keep [the sports agent] off campus permanently, to keep him away from current athletes, and to keep him away from current students or graduates whose eligibility has recently expired.”

LESS THAN ONE MONTH LATER, the investigation of Sandusky’s child abuse concluded, and Spanier became aware of the details. Okay, he’s at least going to ban the child rapist from the football facilities, right?

On June 9, 1998, Spanier received his final update from police chief Thomas Harmon about his department’s investigation of Sandusky’s showering with Victim No. 6 on May 3, 1998. Fully updated on the details of the investigation and aware of Sandusky’s actions, Spanier took no steps to limit Sandusky’s access to Penn State facilities.

Obviously, upholding the honorable image of Penn State football and Joe Paterno was not only the number one goal, but the only goal.



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    Bronan the Barbarian

    I hope every administration official involved with this gets jail time. The cover up of child abuse and molestation and the facilitation of Sandusky’s twisted sex life is despicable, and they should all be charged with accessory to child abuse/child molestation.

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      Dillon Cheverere

      It’s a tough one. I think I’m on the fence with it. On one hand, the program was harboring a known child rapist, and that is LOIC. On the other hand, the death penalty is like an atomic bomb. The program will be ruined, and that unfortunately includes many innocent bystanders.

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      Bronan the Barbarian

      I believe the NCAA can make exceptions under extraordinary circumstances to allow player transferal. There have been rumblings that a number of quality prospects and current young players may transfer anyway, to avoid the bad PR and inevitable legal smackdown against PSU.

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    Tallapoosa Snu

    PSU needs to apologize profusely to the players, the NCAA should allow them to transfer without penalty, and shut that shit down for at LEAST a year. I know it’s not the best way to put it, but when I get drunk and fuck shit up at the bar, I “sit the next couple plays out”… It’s going to be a distraction for years, recruiting will suck, it’ll hang over all the coaches heads… moneywise, yeah it’s bad. But they need to slash and burn that program and build it from the ground up if they want a new reputation that doesnt involve sucking 9 year old penis in the shower. Because anyone alive today will always identify PSU with “that psycho coach that was givin orphaned children HJ’s in his basement”. Everyone in that program needs to get the fuck out, and they can start again in a while. It seems like everyone’s guilty, so just drop the program, let people forget, and start all brand new in 2 or so seasons with a completely new staff and players. Be men and take a punch, PSU.

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    Jon M Fratsman

    I skimmed through the thing this morning (Great read. Compelling and rich) and the most shocking part to me was the entire retirement package plus emeritus benefits that they handed him. Amazing.

    I also saw somewhere that this hasn’t hurt their alumni donations nearly as much as one might have thought.

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