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Sue Paterno Writes to Lettermen, Announces Counter to Freeh Report

by on February 08, 2013 12:48 PM

One day before Sue Paterno breaks her silence to Katie Couric on her late husband, Jerry Sandusky and the aftermath of the scandal, the Paterno family will release its rebuttal to the Freeh Report on Sunday, both online and on television. 

The widow of the former football coach sent a letter to Penn State's football lettermen, dated Feb. 8, and explains her reasons for deciding to speak out now and gives a glimpse into her feelings on the events of the past year. 

According to the Centre Daily Times, the report intended to counter Louis Freeh's is 180 pages and will be discussed at 9 a.m. Sunday on ESPN's "Outside the Lines." 

In her letter to the lettermen, Sue Paterno said the report will go live on on Sunday as well. 

The Centre Daily Times' source told the paper the report is "extremely comprehensive" and was complied by a "national team of experts" and will challenge the former FBI director's report on multiple levels. 

On Monday, "Katie" will air Couric's exclusive interview at 3 p.m. According to PennLive, Sue Paterno reportedly told Couric she never would have let her children be around Jerry Sandusky had she known anything about the crimes he committed. 

According to PennLive, the Paterno family was shocked when the allegations of abuse against Sandusky came out. 

"Sue said sometimes on the road at a hotel, Sandusky would be in the pool with the Paterno kids and she said, 'Never in a million years would I have let my children spend time with Jerry Sandusky if I had any inkling he could have committed these crimes,'" Couric said, according to the report. 

Paterno was removed as head coach of the football team on Nov. 9, 2011. He died from complications from lung cancer on Jan. 22, 2012. The NCAA's sanctions vacated all of his wins between 1998-2011 and his statue was removed from its post outside Beaver Stadium in July. 

Sue Paterno sent a letter to Penn State's lettermen, which former Penn State quarterback Michael Robinson released on his website. In the letter, Paterno writes that although there were many times she wanted to speak out over the past year, she stayed quiet, trying to deal with the loss of her husband and because "The last thing Joe would have wanted is for me to become just one more voice making claims and assertions that were unsupported by the facts."

Sue's Letter 2-8-13 by

Laura Nichols is a news reporter and @LC_Nichols on Twitter.
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