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That said, I fully expected this statement. What would you have him do? He's fighting for his future income. They probably had this written last week.
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Sadly, you are a good representative of mainstream America right now.
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Whatever they may have spent, the Freeh report ended up costing a lot more than that. 60m right off the bat, not to mention whatever collateral damage from the sanctions.
"I like your head, it's a good look." - James Franklin, to a bald reporter asking a question.
I wasn't expecting any other response from Notre Dame when they stepped on the field with Alabama, but that didn't mean message board posts about it weren't appropriate and/or in order. :-)
On page 53 of Freeh report it states that a request was made to speak with Paterno in December 2011 and Paterno expressed an interest in speaking. How exactly is that refusing to speak with Freeh and his investigators?
Freeh is playing to emotions, not logic. Which is exactly what the grand jury presentment that started this firestorm was intended to do as well. Freeh is no dummy. He knows if you can't argue the facts then you blind them with emotional arguments so they don't look at the facts.
He used all the buzzwords, "protecting children", etc.
He's appealing to the torch & pitchfork crowd and knows that ESPN will get better ratings using his response than they will simply putting out the Paterno Report. He's pleading his case in the media again and once again it will work.
Nobody will pay attention to the inaccuracies and illogical conclusions in his opinion report because he keeps reminding them children were harmed. That's the end of the discussion as far as the media is concerned.
The fact that he refuses to have a frank and honest discussion based on the facts and the logic of his report tells me he knows its flawed and is trying to avoid such a discussion by playing to people's emotions instead.
Of course it's self-serving. What did people think the Paterno sponsored diatribe was going to be? A bunch of screaming from the pulpit about how Joe didn't know because he was such a molder of men like the woman assaulting Larry Johnson or drunk driving Tony Johnson. Or the same man that seemed to find sexual assault to be ok when he said and I quote, "Geez. I hope—thank God they don’t knock on my door, because I’d refer them to a couple of other rooms.”
Or the same man that thought playing Anwar Phillips in a game after rape charges was OK.
Speaking of pulpits...
Read the report. You're self-serving.
Sollers fired back, only hours later.
"Mr. Freeh's attack on the report this morning should trouble everyone who wants the truth on the Sandusky scandal. He criticizes a report he obviously hadn't had time to read and consider. And he refuses to address the critical factual and procedural failures in his own report, particularly his flawed conclusions which have only added to this tragedy.
"The assertion by Mr. Freeh that somehow the Paterno family declined to cooperate with his investigators is an unfortunate distortion of the truth. I personally met with the Freeh team and pledged full cooperation. Joe Paterno's cancer diagnosis, treatment and subsequent death prevented him from being interviewed. But Jay Paterno was interviewed and I shared additional information available to me.
"Being angry does not constitute a defense of poor work. A failure to consider the facts carefully is exactly the problem our expert analysis highlights. I encourage everyone, including Mr. Freeh, to take the time to study this report," Sollers said.
Wick Sollers, Paterno family attorney and author of one of the four independently-commissioned reports refuting the Freeh report, responded to former FBI Director Louis Freeh's response to the reports released Sunday morning.
This post was edited by JettaPSU2001 14 months ago
Yes he does.
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