Penn State Update: Knight changes Freeh view


BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) – Nike co-founder Phil Knight has issued a statement blasting the Freeh report’s characterization of Penn State coach Joe Paterno in the child sex abuse scandal involving assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. Following the release last year of former FBI director Louis Freeh’s report, Knight issued a statement saying he was saddened that Paterno apparently made missteps that led to “heartbreaking consequences.”


However, Knight now says that he may have jumped to conclusions, after a new report by former U.S. Attorney General and Pennsylvania Gov. Dick Thornburgh that was commissioned by the Paterno family. In a statement released Monday, Knight called the findings of the Freeh report unjustified and unsubstantiated. He also criticized the NCAA’s subsequent sanctions on Penn State’s football program as unwarranted.


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Penn State is considering offers from most of the people who have told the school they suffered damages related to the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal. Ken Feinberg, the lawyer hired by the university to facilitate settlements, told The Associated Press on Monday that he delivered the demands to Penn State administrators, lawyers and board of trustees members Friday.


Feinberg says the next step is a response by the university in the coming weeks. He says demands are on the table from most but not all of the claimants’ lawyers. Feinberg said last month the school was in talks with 28 claimants. Sandusky, the school’s former assistant football coach, is serving a prison term for 45 counts of child sexual abuse involving 10 boys.


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