PHILADELPHIA — The most outspoken voice on Penn State’s board of trustees supports the critique of the Freeh report offered Wednesday by the legal team for former university President Graham Spanier.
The comments from newly elected trustee Anthony Lubrano aren’t surprising to those who’ve followed the scandal’s unraveling or the trustees’ election, given his support of former head football coach Joe Paterno and his criticism that Penn State mishandled the fallout of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse charges.
But Lubrano is making a point to be at events related to the scandal.
“As a trustee of Penn State, I have an obligation to Penn State, and that’s why I’m here today,” Lubrano said after the press conference.
Last week, he went to Harrisburg for a pretrial hearing the Tim Curley and Gary Schultz criminal case.
On Wednesday, Lubrano echoed the criticism from Spanier’s legal team — that the Freeh report is lacking because investigators did not interview some of the central figures, like former senior leaders Tim Curley and Gary Schultz and the witness to the 2001 shower incident, Mike McQueary.
“I can’t agree with the conclusions that he’s reached,” Lubrano said of Freeh. “I personally could not reach the conclusion there was a concealment to avoid bad publicity.”
Al Clemens, another Philadelphia-area trustee, also attended the news conference. He said he finds fault with the Freeh report for the same reasons that others have criticized it.
“I think the Freeh report is very sketchy,” Clemens said.
Lubrano said it’s dangerous to “leap to conclusions” the Freeh report has made.
He’s hoping trustees will discuss the full Freeh report when they gather on campus this weekend for a special meeting. He said that’s something they have yet to do.
“I’d love for us to come out with a statement that says, ‘We’ve never accepted this report,’ ” he said.
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