PHILADELPHIA — Former Penn State University President Graham Spanier’s attorneys disputed the findings against their client that were published in the Freeh Commission report at their news conference Wednesday.
Former FBI Director Louis Freeh’s report identifies Spanier as one of four Penn State leaders who covered up Jerry Sandusky’s abuse allegations in order to spare the university negative publicity.
Spanier’s attorneys defended him and said if Spanier knew anything sexual or criminal had occurred, he would have reported it to the proper authorities.
The attorney’s blasted Freeh directly and criticized him for ignoring evidence. They said Freeh’s report placed too much emphasis on conflicting statements by former coaching assistant Mike McQueary and what reportedly witnessed in a shower in 2001.
Spanier and late head football coach Joe Paterno were fired in November. Spanier has not been criminally charged and he was not on-hand for the news conference this morning.
WJAC-TV’S Gary Sinderson is in Philadelphia and will have more on today’s news conference in his evening reports.