PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) – Former Pa. Gov. Dick Thornburgh helped put together the Paterno family’s critique of the Freeh Report, and he joins Sportsradio 93-7 The Fan’s Vinnie & Cook to discuss his findings.
Gov. Thornburgh contends that the Freeh Report was incomplete and flawed, and he explains how he and his team tried to fill in some of the missing pieces.
Gov. Thornburgh seems troubled by the Freeh Report’s conclusion that Joe Paterno should have done more to stop Jerry Sandusky.
“I’m baffled,” Thornburgh says. “It was Paterno himself who reported it to university officials once Mike McQueary unloaded his version of what happened on him. I find it very difficult to find any evidence anywhere…of any attempt to conceal the activity or interfere with the investigation.”
“Obviously in retrospect with 20/20 hindsight, there are things that he wishes he’d done more. But we’re talking here about fixing real liability for very serious charges made by the Freeh Report. Charges that these folks tried to conceal something or attempted to interfere with the reporting of these activities by Sandusky. I just don’t buy it.”
Gov. Thornburgh also reveals what the ultimate aim of Sunday’s report is, and where he hopes things go from here.
“All we want from our report is that people read it. Then there’s going to be a criminal trial involving three three individuals–not Paterno, by the way. A lot will come out in those trials. We think our report is fair and complete. It was independent. It was not influenced at all by the Paterno family. And I’m content to let the chips fall where they may,” Thornburgh said.