Bob Costas to Revisit Freeh Report on Wednesday


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By Ben Jones

Bob Costas will give Louis Freeh and his independent investigation of Penn State and the Jerry Sandusky scandal another look Wednesday night Vice President of Communications Adam Freifeld told StateCollege.com, Tuesday.

“(The Freeh Report) will be the focus of Costas Tonight tomorrow at 11pm ET following hockey on NBCSN.” Freifeld said.

The Freeh Report, headed by former FBI Director Louis Freeh, was commissioned by Penn State’s Board of Trustees to investigate former University officials and former head coach Joe Paterno’s role in the handling of allegations of child sexual abuse against former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

“The most saddening finding by the Special Investigative Counsel is the total and consistent disregard by the most senior leaders at Penn State for the safety and welfare of Sandusky’s child victims,” the Freeh Commission report reads. “The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized.”

While in large part the Freeh Report was accepted as the most accurate picture of the Penn State scandal, growing numbers of people beyond the Penn State community have begun to question some of Freeh’s assumptions and conclusions.

The Paterno family released a response to the Freeh Report this past February.

Currently Freeh is facing criticism following the release of a report in a case involving Universal Entertainment Corporation.

“The Freeh report’s “factual findings and inferences lack objectivity and lack factual support,” Former U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said to the Wall Stree Journal. “Freeh’s law firm “viewed itself as an advocate first and an impartial investigator second” in preparing the Freeh report. Freeh and his colleagues “cherry-picked evidence and stretched to reach conclusions that would be helpful to the Wynn Resorts Board.”

Costas conducted an interview with Sandusky in early November of 2011 on NBC’s Rock Center and has been one of many voices throughout the lengthy unfolding of the Penn State scandal. Freifeld would not comment on the exact nature of the programming slated for Wednesday night.

The program is scheduled to air following Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinals between the Detroit Redwings and Chicago Blackhawks. That game is slated for an 8:00 p.m. start.

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2 comments on “Bob Costas to Revisit Freeh Report on Wednesday

  1. Costas has no standing that I can see which qualifies him to comment on criminal matters, university governance, academics, child abuse…etc. (I also don’t seek the advice of Brad Pitt when researching global food distribution, and I can’t remember the last time I felt the need to get Kim Kardashian’s unique perspective –on anything).

    • I agree with your remarks concerning Costas’s qualification on criminal matters, but since he did weigh in on the Sandusky scandal in a very public way and many people give credence to his knowledge of the sports world, it might be helpful to us to have him offer an opinion that roles back the nasty things he had to say after and during his interview with Jerry Sandusky. I applaud anyone who had rushed to judgment who now is willing to come forward and make statements that support the idea that Penn State was dealt an unfair blow by the media and the NCAA. Maybe, just maybe, it will help to end Mark Emmert’s reign of terror over the NCAA.

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