UPDATE (12:18 AM): As a comment from “Ryan” points out below, the original report states that Sue Paterno “wastold Wednesday morning that she could no longer use the facilities.” This does not specifically say that she attempted to use the facilities and was turned away, so the possibility does still exist that the report is accurate in its entirety. NBC Philadelphia also reported that SuePa was not banned.
As any Penn Stater knows, an injustice against SuePa is an injustice against everything good in this world. So, when a report came out today claiming that Sue Paterno was told to leave the campus pool that she normally works out at, outrage seemed to be the appropriate reaction.
This reported incident appeared to be yet another Penn State public relations blunder, a staple of the last few tumultuous weeks. Firing Joe through the phone was bad enough, and now they won’t even let Penn State’s (former?) First Lady use the pool? Come on.
The only problem, of course, is that the report fails to mention that nobody else was allowed to work out at Penn State’s pools today, either. The Thanksgiving hours posted on the Penn State Fitness website show that both the White Building and McCoy Natatorium pools were closed today.
The report came from Sara Ganim, the Harrisburg Patriot-News reporter who broke the Sandusky scandal and has led in coverage of the ensuing fallout. Ganim has become as reliable a source on this entire scandal as there is, and her work has been both informative and professional. I met her personally when we were both interviewed by CNN’s John King, and I came away very impressed. I urge you to look to Sara as the top source for news on #psucharges. You can follow her on Twitter at @sganim.
Thank you to @GeoffRushton for the link to the White Building Thanksgiving hours.