Paterno family intends to conduct own investigation to clear Joe Paterno’s name
However, the Paterno Family has rejected the findings of the Freeh report conducted by former FBI director Louis Freeh. He was hired over a seven month period to investigate Joe Paterno and the Penn State officials’ role in an alleged over-up, which the report found were guilty after conducting over 400 interviews.
Thus, to clear Joe Paterno’s name and rekindle his legacy, the Paterno family has vowed to conduct their own investigation into the matter.
"Our interest has been and remains the uncovering of the truth," cited a statement released by the Paterno family.
A 2001complaint by a graduate assistant who witnessed Jerry Sandusky sexually assaulting a young boy in the football locker room showers brought forth a "callous and shocking" disregard for victims from the Penn State officials and Joe Paterno, cited the Freeh report. It states Penn State Officials decided not to report the incident to higher bodies to protect the school’s reputation and the credibility of the football program.
The Paterno family has contested that the 85-year-old Joe Paterno, who died of cancer this year, reported the incident.
“It can certainly be asserted that Joe Paterno could have done more,” said the Paterno family released statement. “He acknowledged this himself last fall. But to claim that he knowingly, intentionally protected a pedophile is false.”
The Paterno family further targeted the Freeh report, calling its conclusions "yet another shocking turn of events in this crisis.”
"We are dismayed by, and vehemently disagree with, some of the conclusions and assertions and the process by which they were developed," said the Paterno family attorney, Wick Sollers in a statement issued by his clients. "Mr. Freeh presented his opinions and interpretations as if they were absolute facts."
Jerry Sandusky is currently awaiting a sentence after he was convicted on 45 counts last month for sexually abusing 10 boys in over more than a decade.
While a other Penn State officials were also fired by the board of trustees, Joe Paterno was also dismissed from his job, and since then the Paterno family has been fighting a downhill battle to prove his innocence in the case.
"Since various investigations and legal cases are still pending, it is highly likely that additional critical information will emerge," said Wick Sollers, trying to shed light on the Paterno family’s approach to launching their own investigation. "With that, we want to take this opportunity to reiterate that."