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CNN Reports On E-Mails Involving Penn State University Officials

On June 30, 2012, CNN reported on a series of e-mails between senior Penn State University officials indicating the institution knew of the 2001 shower incident involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, yet decided to handle it using a “humane” approach before reporting the information to outside authorities. The exchange of messages took place between February 26 and February 28, 2001, between former university president Graham Spanier, former university vice president Gary Shultz and former university athletic director Tim Curley.

CNN reported that the e-mails indicated Spanier acknowledged Penn State could be “vulnerable” for not reporting the incident but that “the only downside for us is if the message (to Sandusky) isn’t ‘heard’ and acted upon, and we then become vulnerable for not having reported it.” These e-mails allegedly occurred 16 days after then-graduate assistant football coach Mike McQueary told head football coach Joe Paterno about seeing Sandusky make sexual contact with a boy in a locker room shower. While Shultz and Curley have maintained they had only been told of inappropriate conduct, the purported e-mails could provide additional information regarding liability for not disclosing the matter to authorities. The new information could also lead to further NCAA involvement and possible allegations under ethical conduct and institutional control legislation.

The full article can be found here.


About Justin P. Sievert, Esquire

Bar Admissions (North Carolina, Florida and Tennessee) Practice Area (College Sports Law)


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