Penn State Scandal: Freeh Says Paterno Was 'Integral Part Of Act To Conceal'

The Freeh Report was released on Thursday morning and revealed some damning evidence against the leadership at Penn State University, including head football coach Joe Paterno. Former FBI Director Louis Freeh held a press conference to discuss the findings of the report.

Freeh was asked by reporters if he felt the issue was a football problem, to which he replied "The rapes of these boys occured in the Lasch building. Paterno's office was in the Lasch building. Sandusky's office was in the Lasche building."

The Lasch Building, as you could have gathered, is the football building at Penn State.

Freeh also indicated that Paterno was part of a group that went on to "actively conceal" the transgressions by Sandusky. "The facts are the facts," Freeh said at the press conference. "He was an integral part of the act to conceal."

When asked if Paterno could have stopped the cover-up, Freeh responded, "I think it's a very strong and reasonable inference he could have done so if he wished."

Freeh also discussed janitors' claims to have seen some of the most horrific acts that were covered up. "What is striking about 1998, is that nobody spoke to Sandusky," Freeh said. "Not one of those four persons. There's not one indication that Paterno, who was a few steps away from his office, did anything. Nobody said, 'Look, do not bring in any other kids to this lockerroom or football facility' in 1998, including Paterno.

"If that's the culture at the bottom, God help the culture at the top."

For more on Nittany Lions football, visit Penn State blog Black Shoe Diaries, plus Big Ten blog Off Tackle Empire, SB Nation Pittsburgh and SB Nation Philly.

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