On Sunday, the Paterno family released its response to the Freeh report in an attempt to salvage Joe Paterno’s reputation and discredit the document that came out last July.
Freeh’s report laid out some damning statements against the former Penn State head football coach. But Paterno was more than just the head football coach. He WAS Penn State. So when Freeh’s report revealed that he knew about Jerry Sandusky’s actions, and did nothing about it, his entire reputation collapsed, his statue outside the stadium was removed, and a huge black cloud has been hovering over State College ever since.
Since November 2011, when the Sandusky scandal came to light, there have been two distinct, polarizing groups of people.
In Camp A, we have the people who think Paterno is just as culpable as Sandusky. A man who knowingly let a child molester roam free for the sake of his football program is just as culpable as the man who engaged in such horrible acts.
In Camp B, we have the fervent Paterno supporters who will never, for one second, believe that Joe Pa would have any knowledge of what was going on, and if he did, would never cover it up. They continue to believe Paterno is the saintly grandfather they always knew and loved.
Although the truth, as always, is likely somewhere in that large middle ground, the Paterno family’s response is merely catering to Camp A. Only the most die-hard Joe Paterno supporters would believe the accuracy of this report with the same enthusiasm those in Camp A embraced Freeh's report.no comments