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Matt Millen Defends Joe Paterno Following Release Of Freeh Report

In the wake of the release of the Freeh report on Thursday morning, there is very little evidence with which one can defend former Penn State head coach Joe Paterno. Assuming the evidence layed out in the investigative report are true, Paterno knew about a 1998 incident involving Jerry Sandusky in a shower and later lied about his knowledge of the information, was made aware of another incident in 2001 but did nothing about.

One of the only people still trying to defend the long-time coach is ESPN's Matt Millen. In a segment on SportsCenter on Thursday morning, the former NFL executive and player and former Penn State player asked, "He made a mistake. Does that discount all the positives he did over 50 years?"

Millen also said on the program, "In terms of the program itself, this was a very pristine program." SB Nation's Alfie Crow says that having Millen on the show is "well beyond 'conflict of interest.'"

For continued coverage of the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse trial, be sure to follow this StoryStream and stay tuned to SB Nation Pittsburgh. For more, check out Black Shoe Diaries, SB Nation's Penn State blog.

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