Joe Paterno’s family files lawsuit against NCAA

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Joe Paterno’s statue may be gone, but his family is still trying to clear his name. They filed a lawsuit Thursday.

Joe Paterno’s family is suing the NCAA in an effort to overturn the sanctions against Penn State for its involvement in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

The lawsuit, which is being headed up by Scott Paterno, was filed in Centre County Thursday. It seeks to show that the NCAA was too harsh in its punishment on Penn State’s football program, as well as raise questions about the accuracy of a private investigation led by former FBI director Louis Freeh. The family also hopes to clear the name of the late Joe Paterno.

Here’s an excerpt:

“Defendants circumvented the procedures required by the NCAA’s rules and violated and conspired with others to violate Plaintiffs’ rights, causing Plaintiffs significant harm. Defendants took these actions based on conclusions reached in a flawed, unsubstantiated, and controversial report that Defendants knew or should have known was not the result of a thorough, reliable investigation.”

We’d provide a link to the entire court document, but something tells us you wouldn’t click on it (would you?) — or even want to read it. Trust us, it’s pretty boring.


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