If it wasn’t clear months ago, it should be crystal clear by now that the only thing the Paterno family is concerned with is preserving Joe Paterno’s diminishing legacy. And yet another indication of this is the family’s announcement that they well will be forming their own “group of experts” to review the findings of the Freeh Report.
“We are dismayed by, and vehemently disagree with, some of the conclusions and assertions and the process by which they were developed by the Freeh Group,” Wick Sollers, the lawyer for the Paterno family, said in a statement Monday. “Mr. Freeh presented his opinions and interpretations as if they were absolute facts. We believe numerous issues in the report, and his commentary, bear further review.”
The Paterno family also said it will ask its team of experts and lawyers “to go beyond the report and identify additional information that should be analyzed.” A review is also planned on Freeh’s presentation of the facts at last Thursday’s news conference in Philadelphia, Sollers said. In addition, the Paterno family has asked the Freeh Group to preserve all its records, notes and materials collected during its seven-month investigation of the Jerry Sandusky matter.
Now let’s take a moment to dig into this ridiculous notion of the Paterno family forming a“group of experts” to review of a report of another “group of experts”. The latter that has no ties to Penn State of the Paterno family whatsoever.
It’s completely laughable that the Paterno family expects us to even take any information found by people they are paying seriously. But let’s just say we were going to take it seriously. Would we ever get to see information that criticizes Joe Paterno? Probably not. Would we ever get to see information that implicates him in a cover up? H#ll no. Would we get to see anything that remotely paints Paterno in a negative light? No.
So why should we even pay attention to these “group of experts” that will be paid by the Paterno family to prove to us that Joe Pa is the great guy we all thought he was? Because that’s the most important thing in all this according to the Paterno family. Not the victims, not the victim’s families, but Joe Paterno’s legacy.