Monday, January 16, 2012
Joe Paterno, in the Washington Post, gave his side of the story of the Jerry Sandusky sex scandal-- the one that got him fired after six decades with PSU.
Let's examine some of what the sainted Mr. Paterno had to say.
Paterno said he didn't know how to handle the allegations against Sandusky, and he didn't want to jeopardize "university procedure." That's the heart of the problem. It shouldn't have been a case of "university procedure." Paterno was confronted with evidence that an illegal act had been committed. It wasn't a university matter. It was a police matter. It was university above all else. Wrong. This is a coach who fought outside discipline for his players. It's apparent he was also against outside discipline for his long time assistant coach.
Paterno said he went to his "superiors." It's a joke. In the universe known as Penn State, Joe Paterno had no superiors. The fact that Paterno went to people inside the university community is more evidence of an attempt at a cover up.
Paterno has been quoted as saying "In hindsight, I wish I had done more." I'm sure there are about a dozen kids who feel the same way.
People involved in this case really should stop talking with the media. They're hurting the school. They're hurting themselves.
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