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Joe Paterno's widow says she was 'devastated' by Freeh Report

February 11, 2013|By Houston Mitchell

In her first television interview since the sex-abuse scandal that rocked Penn State, Sue Paterno, the wife of late Penn State football Coach Joe Paterno, spoke to Katie Couric for a segment that will be shown Monday on "Katie."

Sue Paterno talks about her late husband, their relationship with the Sanduskys, and how she felt after the Freeh Report was released.

Her hope was that the report would clear her husband of any wrongdoing, and she gives her reaction when it did the opposite:

Katie Couric: “At least eight young men had come forward saying they had been victimized by Jerry Sandusky as boys. Louis Freeh who is the former director of the FBI, as you well know, led an investigation into the university’s handling of all this, and he accused your husband, as well as the president of Penn State, the vice president and the athletic director of 'callous and shocking disregard for child victims.' When you heard that, what was your reaction?

Sue Paterno: Well, I was looking forward to the Freeh Report, to be honest with you. I thought we’ll get the truth; he’ll get the right answers. Then we’ll know why everything occurred that occurred. Unfortunately, I watched it alone, and as he went through his report – he did not know Joe, this wasn’t the man I knew. This wasn’t the man anybody knew. I was totally devastated.”


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