You seriously couldn't have made my point better for me if you tried.
How do you know what happened and who was guilty? How do you know what those emails were referring to exactly? How do you know the extent of what Paterno and others knew AT THE TIME? How do you know they knew Sandusky was raping children, and decided to cover it up so that they could keep making money? You don't, and neither does Freeh. His report details a version of what was, IN HIS OPINION, the most likely scenario. Read that again.
I am absolutely trying to discredit a report that assigned meaning and motive for 4 peoples' actions 11 years ago without as much as interviewing them...at least for the purpose of deciding punishment from an outside source that circumvented its own policy of 'due process'.
I'm not arguing that Freeh's conclusions are wrong...they very well could describe everything as it actually happened. I'm arguing that it is flawed and incomplete, and was never meant to be used as a smoking gun against Penn State. It became that when Freeh decided to hold a press conference claiming that his findings were fact...kind of.
To put it another way...you can take the same emails and information contained in the Freeh report and construct a 'just as plausible' scenario that doesn't involve an evil cover-up and protection for a known child rapist. The biggest and most flawed assumption in that report is that the 4 men knew the extent of Sandusky's transgressions and still decided to cover it up. Take that assumption away, and you have a horrific mistake, not an evil conspiracy.
What an embarrassing couple paragraphs. Dude, at this point, c'mon. THE EMAILS SAID THAT THEY WERE GOING TO POLICE TO REPORT SANDUSKY BUT AFTER SPEAKING WITH JOE THEY WERE TAKING A DIFFERENT COURSE OF ACTION. (Which was NOTHING) And thats not even the gist of them. They were way more detailed than you think. 9 month investigation, 1.2 million documents or whatever it was, the emails, the grand jury testimony. Like Madden said, some of you won't believe anything short of video of Joe looking right in the camera saying "Jerrys rapin' em, and I'm coving it up!"