Graham Spanier says he wouldn't have ignored child sexual-abuse complaints as Penn State's president because he was beaten repeatedly as a child.
Spanier's lawyer, Peter Vaira, told the Associated Press that Spanier received regular "disciplinary beatings" by his father and had to have his nose straightened several times. The abuse was never sexual, Vaira said.
Spanier sent a letter to Penn State University's Board of Trustees saying he would not have turned a blind eye to the victims of convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky, the former assistant football coach, because of his own abuse history.
The recent internal report on the Sandusky scandal by former FBI Director Louis Freeh blasted Spanier, former coach Joe Paterno, Athletic Director Tim Curley and Vice President Gary Schultz for failing to report the abuse complaints to authorities.
Spanier, who has not given a media interview since Penn State's trustees fired him as president in November 2011, vehemently disagreed with the Freeh report's findings.