Governor Tom Corbett held a private dinner for former Penn State football players at his residence in Harrisburg Tuesday night to discuss the pending lawsuit against the NCAA, according to an email obtained by abc27 News.
The email was written by Corbett's deputy chief of staff, Luke Bernstein, who extended the invite to "additional lettermen" in an effort to make sure no one was excluded.
More than 75 former players spent several hours inside the Governor's Mansion, where a question and answer session was held regarding the timeline of events and Corbett's handling of the entire Sandusky investigation, attendees said.
"He offered us a special opportunity to come here without the media and I think that allowed us to be a little more candid in our responses and in our questions as well," Class of 2000 player Travis Forney said.
Corbett announced the federal antitrust lawsuit at a press conference in State College on January 2, saying the NCAA violated its own bylaws when it relied on the Louis Freeh Report to help determine its punitive measures against Penn State's football program. The sanctions include a $60 million fine, a loss of scholarships and a four-year bowl ban.
Critics say the lawsuit, which seeks to reverse the sanctions Corbett initially accepted, is a political move aimed at regaining the trust and support of the 'Penn State Faithful,' but following the meeting, players said they're pleased with what the Governor had to say. They would not, however, elaborate on what exactly was discussed.
"I don't think there's a political motive to this," Class of 1965 player Donnie Miller said. "I do think he sees some things that just don't add up and he's trying to get answers and that's why he filed the suit."