Graham Spanier Denies Turning 'Blind Eye' To Abuse In Letter To Penn State Trustees

Following the announcement of the NCAA's sanctions against Penn State for the university's failure to properly handle the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal, former university president Graham Spainer has sent a letter to the Board of Trustees in which he denies that he turned a blind eye to abuse. Spainer says that he was never informed that Sandusky sexually abused a child when Tim Curley mentioned Sandusky's misconduct to him, and says that, as a victim of abuse himself, he would have done more if he knew Sandusky was abusing children.

"It is unfathomable and illogical to think ... someone who experienced massive and persistent abuse as a child," Spanier said in a reference to himself, "... would have knowingly turned a blind eye to a report of child abuse."

Spainer also attacked the Freeh Report for what he thought were misrepresentations of his actions. He also informed the Board of Trustees that he would make himself available for any questions that they have regarding his handling of the Sandusky scandal.

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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