Michael L. Buckner, shareholder of the Michael L. Buckner Law Firm, was quoted in numerous media articles and interviewed on several radio and television programs concerning the release of Penn State’s internal investigation report into the institution’s handling of the sexual-assault scandal. The report, which was prepared by the law firm of former FBI director Louis Freeh, was released Thursday, July 12, 2012, concluded the Penn State administration concealed allegations of sexual-assaults against children involving former football assistant coach Jerry Sandusky in order to protect the institution and the athletics program.
Buckner was quoted in a July 14, 2012, New York Times article, “Scandal at Penn State Poses Tough Choices for N.C.A.A.”, by Tim Rohan:
“’The N.C.A.A. didn’t punish Baylor because of the criminal violations,’ said Michael Buckner, a lawyer who has extensive experience with N.C.A.A. infractions cases. ‘The N.C.A.A. punished Baylor because of the underlying N.C.A.A. rules violations that were also involved in those activities.’ The Sandusky case does not appear to involve any specific N.C.A.A. rule violations. Criminal violations are not necessarily N.C.A.A. violations.
If the N.C.A.A. does punish Penn State, it could set a precedent that the organization should punish future criminal violations committed by players or coaches, Buckner said.”
To read the complete New York Times article, as well as the other media reports quoting Buckner, click on the following links:
- Scandal at Penn State Poses Tough Choices for N.C.A.A., New York Times
- Report: PSU hid ‘critical facts’, ESPN.com
- Penn State scandal: Will the NCAA consider sanctions?, Los Angeles Times
- Freeh report fallout is only beginning, at Penn State and elsewhere, Washington Post
- NCAA may not punish Penn State, Centre Daily Times