Penn State Assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has been tried and convicted of sexually assaulting young boys while he was an Assistant football coach, and of using
facilities to do so. An independent
report by former FBI Director Louis Freeh determined that the Penn State
Administration was complicit in covering up the crimes, and that Penn
football coach Joe Paterno knew about the charges and did nothing to bring Mr.
Sandusky to justice or to prevent further crimes. Penn State
The family of Mr. Paterno, who died soon after the extent of the crimes were revealed hired a former
U. S. Senator to whitewash Mr.
he did so.
The family’s findings said that Paterno:
— Never asked or told anyone not to investigate an allegation made against
12 years ago, Saturday, Feb. 9,
— Never asked or told former administrators not to report the 2001 allegation.
— And never asked or told anyone not to discuss or hide information reported by graduate assistant Mike McQueary about the 2001 allegation.
“Paterno reported the information to his superior(s) pursuant to his understanding of university protocol and relied upon them to investigate and report as appropriate,” the family’s analysis said.
That last sentence is the key here. Mr. Paterno is told about a horrendous crime done by Mr. Sandusky in the
athletic facilities. He reports it not to the police, but to his
supervisors, forgets about it and goes about his life. He does, according to the Paterno supporters
absolutely nothing. And for this reason
they claim he is exonerated? Penn
It is indeed sad to see the family try to continue the cover-up, no matter how strong their motivation to protect Mr. Paterno and his reputation. And while there is not enough space here to go into the details that show Mr. Paterno was indeed aware of and did nothing to stop the horrendous acts, there is the ‘smoking gun’ contained in an e-mail.
Freeh on Sunday cited grand jury testimony by Paterno in 2011 in which Paterno said a graduate assistant relayed to him the 2001 allegation against
of a “sexual nature” with a child. Sandusky
He referred to a key point in the July report in which he said Spanier, Schultz and Curley drew up a plan that called for reporting
to the state
Department of Public Welfare in 2001. But Curley later said in an email that he
changed his mind “after giving it more thought and talking it over with Joe,”
according to Freeh’s findings. Sandusky
There it is, Curely changed his mind after talking it over with Joe. There is simply no way around those words documented in an e-mail, no way to whitewash the fact that Mr. Paterno was a part of the process that knew about the crimes and decided not to report them to the authorities.
As for the victims, we feel far greater for their welfare than for the welfare of a fabled coach, who, when faced with the not so difficult moral dilemma of whether or not to protect his football program and school, or to protect children, chose the wrong path. Sorry Paterno family, Joe P. was not what he purported to be. Maybe he never was.