Unsealed testimony from a Pennsylvania civil lawsuit claims that Joe Paterno knew about Jerry Sandusky’s child molestation in 1976. The lawsuit revolves around insurance settlement payments to Sandusky victims as a result of the abuse scandal. According to the Washington Post, in 2014 one of Sandusky’s victims testified that he told Paterno directly that Sandusky abused him in a shower during a Penn State Football camp. He claims that Paterno told him, “I don’t want to hear about any of that kind of stuff, I have a football season to worry about.”
The testimony is another damning blow to Paterno, who, prior to his death, insisted that he had no knowledge of Sandusky’s abuse until he was told about a shower rape incident involving Sandusky by assistant coach Mike McQuery in February, 2001. Other court documents, unsealed in May, allege that Paterno was told about abuse by a victim and told him not to pursue claims against Sandusky.
In spite of overwhelming evidence showing Paterno had knowledge of Sandusky’s sexual abuse well before he admitted, apologists’ continue to cling to the fading legacy of the deceased former head coach.
Last week a group of 200 former Penn State football players petitioned the university to restore Paterno’s statute, which had been removed in the wake of the scandal, to it’s original position in front of Beaver Stadium.
More than 200 former Penn State football players ask the university to bring back the Joe Paterno statue. https://t.co/pC4xaNEPqS
— The Associated Press (@AP) July 6, 2016
Today in The Herd, Colin said, at this point, those still professing Paterno’s innocence are more concerned with being right, than getting it right.
“Say to yourself, do you really think that could go on in a football program and no one knew about it? These guys travel together, they vacation together. More so in a program like Penn State than other places. Penn State had mostly the same coaches for 30 years. But that’s the world we live in.”
Not surprisingly, a statement released by the Paterno family dismisses the revelations in the court records as an “unsubstantiated, 40 year old allegation.”
Statement tonight from Paterno Family spokesman Dan McGinn. pic.twitter.com/tRJwrAfsmO
— Mark Wogenrich (@MarkWogenrich) May 6, 2016