March 15, 2013, HERSHEY, PA —- The outrageous, inaccurate, and, at times, outright false comments recently made by Penn State Trustee Kenneth Frazier are, unfortunately, indicative of the attitude exhibited by the Board of Trustees since November 2011. Instead of accepting responsibility for their rush to judgment, the Board allowed Mr. Frazier to make incendiary statements and allegations that will do nothing to further the progress of Penn State.
In addition to offering his own, personal outlandish interpretation of information, Mr. Frazier contradicted himself, misstated the law and thefacts, and grossly exaggerated the quality and completeness of the Freeh Report. Mr. Frazier admitted that Freeh, Sporkin & Sullivan promised todeliver a thorough, complete and independent review. However, in reality, they failed to do so in all respects.
“Apparently, Ken Frazier and his Task Force bought the Freeh Report, both figuratively and literally. However, both the former Attorney General of the United States and one of the world’s foremost authorities on serial pedophiles have concluded that the Freeh Report was neither thorough nor complete, and that its conclusions were wholly unsupported by fact,” said Robert Tribeck, attorney for the Legal Task Force of Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship. “I trust the opinions of Governor Thornburgh and Mr. Clemente a bit more than those of Mr. Frazier in matters of this nature,” he quipped. In September 2012, PS4RS issued its own independent review of the Freeh Report. The conclusions of the PS4RS Review were confirmed by the reports of Governor Thornburgh and Mr. Clemente.
“As an attorney who has conducted hundreds of internal investigations of this nature for nearly 20 years, including internal investigations at colleges and universities,” Tribeck continued, “I can state without hesitation that the entire methodology of the Freeh investigation was flawed from the inception; that the conclusions were not supported by facts; that the work product was incomplete; and that the decision of the Task Force to allow Mr. Freeh to conduct a self-aggrandizing press conference was ill-advised and shortsighted. For Mr. Frazier to suggest otherwise is an affront to thehundreds of thousands of Penn State alumni who expect, demand and deserve more from their Board of Trustees.”
Mr. Frazier has repeatedly attempted to shift blame and to create a narrative that the concepts of seeking the truth and protecting children are mutually exclusive. That false narrative must stop. PS4RS is and remains committed to the protection of children and fully supports efforts and actions by Penn State to become a leader in protecting the rights of children. However, as is supported by the continued growth in membership of the organization, PS4RS will not sit idly by while Mr. Frazier and his cohorts continue to proffer fantasy as fact and hide the truth regarding the failures of the Board of Trustees in responding to the events of November 2011.
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