Kenneth Frazier’s unhinged comments at last week’s board meeting were bad enough.
Even worse, however, was the failure of other board members to take any stand on the Freeh report. They simply referred the report to a committee — a classic ploy by politicians to avoid uncomfortable issues.
How can anyone expect critics of the Freeh report to “just move on” when the board itself dodges responsibility for it?
Critics rightly refuse to just move on from Freeh’s conclusion that Joe Paterno and others deliberately covered up for a suspected serial pedophile to avoid bad publicity.
Freeh levels this heinous charge based on an incomplete investigation that produced no real evidence to support it. His charge is implausible even as speculation because it conflicts with the actions the officials took — writing emails debating what to do, reporting Sandusky to the Second Mile and allowing him continued access to Penn State facilities.
Any fair-minded, thoughtful person who actually read the report would question its credibility.
Yet it seems most trustees simply want to wash their hands of it.
There can be no closure until the board forthrightly deals with the report. If they agree with Freeh’s charges, they should say so and accept responsibility for that stance. If they take seriously the questions that have been raised, they should conduct a full and open review and then reach a clear resolution.
If board members can’t muster the courage and sense of accountability to do either, they should resign.