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Joe Paterno Family Says He Was Not Involved In Cover-Up

Joe Paterno's role, or lack there of, in the Jerry Sandusky scandal is still widely unknown but more is expected to come to light with the release of the Freeh report on Thursday July 12. CNN released some shocking e-mails that were leaked recently that seemed to indicate Paterno knew about what Sandusky was doing, but Joe Paterno's family claims that he was not involved in any kind of cover-up.

In a letter released by the Paterno family, which first appeared on Fight On State, the family contends that Sandusky was a "deceiver" who tricked everyone at Penn State.

Joe Paterno did not cover up for Jerry Sandusky. Joe Paterno did not know that Jerry Sandusky was a pedophile. Joe Paterno did not act in any way to prevent a proper investigation of Jerry Sandusky. To claim otherwise is a distortion of the truth.

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