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Paterno family disputes conclusions of Freeh report

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Joe Paterno's family was critical of some of Louis Freeh's conclusions in its response to the Freeh Report that condemned the actions of Paterno and other Penn State officials in their handling of the Jerry Sandusky situation.

The family issued a statement Thursday, according to CBSSports.com, that disputed that Paterno was complicit in an attempt to hide Sandusky's illegal action and also denied that it was done to "avoid the consequences of bad publicity," as the Freeh report asserted

Among the assertions made in the family statement was the claim that "the idea that any sane, responsible adult would knowingly cover up for a child predator is impossible to accept."

It also said, "Joe Paterno wasn't perfect. He made mistakes and he regretted them. He is still the only leader to step forward and say that with the benefit of hindsight he wished he had done more. To think, however, that he would have protected Jerry Sandusky to avoid bad publicity is simply not realistic. If Joe Paterno had understood what Sandusky was, a fear of bad publicity would not have factored into his actions.

"We have said from the beginning that Joe Paterno did not know Jerry Sandusky was a child predator. Moreover, Joe Paterno never interfered with any investigation."
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