Former Penn State president Graham Spanier and his lawyers went on the offensive Wednesday and attacked the Freeh report on the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal. Despite the fact that the university fully backed the Freeh report, Spanier and his team are now out blasting it.
Timothy Lewis – one of Spanier’s lawyers – called Louis Freeh, the former director of the FBI and the man behind the report, a “biased investigator” who relied on speculation and innuendo to compile the report. Lewis spoke at a news conference in downtown Philadelphia, Spanier did not attend.
Lewis had the following to say about the report: “The Freeh report, as it pertains to Dr. Spanier, is a myth. And that myth…ends today.”
Spanier later told media outlets that he was shocked by the results of the Freeh report. He said:
“I’m very studded by Freeh’s conclusion that – I don’t think he used the word ‘cover-up’; but he uses the word ‘concealed.’ Why on earth would anybody cover up for a known child predator? Adverse publicity? For heaven’s sake! Every day I had to make some decision that got adverse publicity.”
Spanier further told ABC that he was only told Sandusky had engaged in “horseplay” in a campus shower with a boy, and he believed that meant just “throwing water around, snapping towels.”
At the news conference, Lewis claimed that Freeh never interviewed key witnesses and ignored facts that didn’t support his eventual conclusions.
The investigation uncovered documents it claimed suggested Spanier had deep knowledge of early Sandusky complains and that he, along with former athletic director Tim Curley, decided it was better to cover the incident up. Spanier’s lawyers argue that Free took that email out of context.
Spanier and Joe Paterno will both fired by Penn State’s board of trustees in November just a few days after Sandusky was charged.
Spanier will be on “Nightline” Wednesday night on ABC to discuss his side of the story.