Penn State Abuse Report Said To Paint Very Unflattering Portrait Of Joe Paterno

ESPN is reporting that the report into the Jerry Sandusky affair at Penn State by he consulting firm led by former FBI director Louis J. Freeh, isn’t looking good for the legacy of Joe Paterno.

A consulting firm’s report offering new information about how Joe Paterno and Penn State senior officials responded to an allegation that Jerry Sandusky had sexually abused a boy inside the football team’s showers could be made public as early as next week, several sources said Friday, and is expected to be tough on Paterno.

The report is expected to shed new light on administrators’ handling of the Sandusky allegations, and also raise questions about Paterno’s leadership of Penn State’s vaunted football program, according to several people with knowledge of the inquiry’s scope.

“Much of the focus will be on the culture of the football program, with findings that go back more than a decade,” said a Penn State official briefed on the inquiry, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “It’s going to be very tough on Joe (Paterno).”

…A batch of emails the Freeh Group uncovered — leaked in recent weeks to NBC and CNN and confirmed by ESPN — have raised fresh questions about Paterno’s handling of the allegation about an incident involving Sandusky and a young boy in the Penn State locker room showers in February 2001

Those e-mails, if the reporting on them is accurate, show that Paterno was involved in the decision not to report to authorities the incident involving Sandusky and a young boy in the shower that was reported to Paterno by Mike McQueary. It also refutes the family’s claim that the elderly Paterno didn’t use e-mail.

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