Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee talks about Penn State while shopping with Boys and Girls Club kids for the upcoming school year.
Dallas Cowboys’ linebacker Sean Lee remains a proud Penn State alum, but in the wake of the Freeh Report--which found that Penn State failed as an institution to address the crimes of former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, who earlier this year was convicted on 45 counts of child sex abuse--he isn’t exactly losing sleep over the heavy-handed punishment handed down to his alma mater by the NCAA.
“Obviously I don’t support the actions of how they handled that situation at all,” Lee said Tuesday, per ESPN Dallas. “The facts have shown they didn’t report Sandusky and what happened and because of it more kids got hurt. That’s what the facts show and I don’t agree with that at all. This should’ve been reported right away. There should’ve been procedures in place where this is what we do, investigation and go from there and more kids wouldn’t have been hurt. I actually think the Freeh Report was a good thing because it shows where Penn State can go, how they can improve on some things so something as horrible as it did will never happen again.”
It was announced Monday that Penn State would be fined $60 million, and face a dramatic loss of scholarships and a four-year bowl ban. Also, each of the Nittany Lions’ wins between 1998-2011--which, of course, includes all of those during Lee’s career with the school (2005-2009)--will be vacated. But what the “official” record books say is of no great concern to Lee.
“There’s obviously the memories that you have, so that (removal) was done for whatever reason but as a teammate and former player you realize what you did as a team and what accomplished,” Lee said. “Your memories will always be there so that’s not what bothers me.”
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