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Posted: Thursday July 12, 2012 12:01PM ; Updated: Thursday July 12, 2012 6:09PM

Family statement: Joe Paterno wouldn't have protected Sandusky

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Penn State's internal investigation named Joe Paterno as a culpable party

Report: PSU leaders showed disregard for Jerry Sandusky victims' safety

Family says Paterno wouldn't have concealed abuse to avoid pad publicity

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Freeh Report: Paterno's role
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Louis Freeh discusses his Penn State investigation findings, including Joe Paterno's role in the cover-up.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Joe Paterno's family says the late coach never would have protected his former assistant Jerry Sandusky to avoid bad publicity.

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A statement from the family Thursday also says Paterno "never interfered with any investigation."

An internal investigation by former FBI director Louis Freeh says Paterno and other high-ranking Penn State officials concealed sex abuse reports regarding Sandusky to avoid criticism of the university and football program.

Freeh's report found Paterno had a conversation with athletic director Tim Curley in 2001 just before university officials decided against informing law enforcement of a sex abuse allegation.

Freeh said he did not know the content of that 2001 conversation but that it was "the only known, intervening factor" between an agreement that the incident should be reported and the change of course.

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