Paterno involved in 14-year cover up
As if the Penn State football program wasn’t stained enough, this should thoroughly shred it. And for those that wanted to believe that legendary head coach Joe Paterno really did what he was supposed to, this is evidence that he was involved the entire time.
The independent investigation into the Jerry Sandusky child sex case at PSU has determined that Paterno and other top school leaders such as Graham Spanier, Gary Schultz and Tim Curley, were involved in a 14-year cover up of Sandusky’s activities.
Yes, PSU football deserves the death penalty.
“Our most saddening and sobering finding is the total disregard for the safety and welfare of Sandusky’s child victims by the most senior leaders at Penn State,” said Former FBI Director Louis Freeh, who led the investigation, “The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized.”
Freeh goes on to say that they “never demonstrated, through actions or words, any concern for the safety and well-being of Sandusky’s victims until after Sandusky’s arrest.”
“Taking into account the available witness statements and evidence, it is more reasonable to conclude that, in order to avoid the consequences of bad publicity, the most powerful leaders at Penn State University . . . repeatedly concealed critical facts relating to Sandusky’s child abuse from the authorities, the Board of Trustees, Penn State community, and the public at large,” Freeh said.
Paterno’s family released a statement in response to the news.
“One great risk in this situation is a replaying of events from the last 15 years or so in a way that makes it look obvious what everyone must have known and should have done,” the statement said. “The idea that any sane, responsible adult would knowingly cover up for a child predator is impossible to accept. The far more realistic conclusion is that many people didn’t fully understand what was happening and underestimated or misinterpreted events. Sandusky was a great deceiver. He fooled everyone – law enforcement, his family, coaches, players, neighbors, University officials, and everyone at Second Mile.”
But, really? That’s not really true, is it? The whole crux of this report is that Paterno and others knew about this behavior and did nothing to stop it. They weren’t deceived.
“Joe Paterno wasn’t perfect,” the family’s statement said. “He made mistakes and he regretted them. He is still the only leader to step forward and say that with the benefit of hindsight he wished he had done more. To think, however, that he would have protected Jerry Sandusky to avoid bad publicity is simply not realistic. If Joe Paterno had understood what Sandusky was, a fear of bad publicity would not have factored into his actions.”
Not buying it. Death penalty for Penn St.