Freeh Report Shows Joe Paterno and PSU Cared More About PR Than Kids' Welfare

Randy ChambersAnalyst IJuly 12, 2012

STATE COLLEGE, PA - NOVEMBER 7: Head coach Joe Paterno of the Penn State Nittany Lions watches warm-ups before a game against the Ohio State Buckeyes on November 7, 2009 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. Ohio State won 24-7. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
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With the recent details from the Louis Freeh Report, emotions are beginning to spill over. Arguably the worst scandal in the history of college football and possibly the worst crime in the history of sports just got worse.

We all have heard about the sickening crimes that former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was accused of over and over. And it really makes you sick to your stomach to actually have to continuously bring it up once more. Thankfully, he was found guilty on 45 of 48 charges and is certain to spend the rest of his life in prison.

But with the new information, it only solidifies what many were already speculating. With over 400 interviews taking place and over three million emails and documents scanned through, it tells us everything we need to know.

Penn State did not care about anything other than winning football games.

Mike McQueary helped cover up these molestations. The Penn State Board of Trustees didn't do enough to stop this. The school president, vice president, athletic director and other members of the staff turned a blind eye to everything taking place. And yes, that even means former head coach Joe Paterno, but don't just take my word for it.

The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized. Messrs. Spanier, Schultz, Paterno and Curley never demonstrated, through actions or words, any concern for the safety and well-being of Sandusky’s victims until after Sandusky’s arrest. Louis Freeh said in his report.

Certainly, molesting children is a lot worse than receiving illegal funds, using illegal players or obtaining made-up scholarships. It should not even be used in the same sentence as receiving free tattoos or a player selling his own memorabilia for gas money.

But this is a much bigger issue than just football. Just because these actions took place on a campus that is known for its prestigious football team does not mean that we should ever compare the two. These crimes are so much bigger than the game of football. 

Molesting children is by far the worst crime a human being can ever commit. Grown men knowing about the crimes that are taking place and doing nothing about it makes things that much worse.

In fact, not only did the staff know about what Sandusky was doing, but they kept him around for a while.

When he decided to retire in 1999, he demanded a retirement package. It included a $200,000 yearly annuity on top of his current pension. But he was also sent on his way with an extra $168,000, which was never given to any other retired employee, according to the report. He was also given an "emeritus" rank that allowed him special privileges, including being allowed back on campus.

Before coach Paterno passed away, he gave an interview at his home in State College, Pa, saying that he did not know how to handle the situation.

I didn't know exactly how to handle it and I was afraid to do something that might jeopardize what the university procedure was. He told The Post. So I backed away and turned it over to some other people, people I thought would have a little more expertise than I did. It didn't work out that way.

It wasn't the fact that Paterno did not know how to handle the situation, it's that he did not want to handle the situation. When a grown man molests children and you know about it, the common reaction is to call the police and let an investigation work itself out. Paterno was afraid of what would happen to the university instead of worrying about the well-being of those innocent victims.

Crimes like this are bigger than any football game that will ever take place. It's a shame that nobody on the Penn State staff was man enough to realize that.