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Paterno gives first interview on Sandusky scandal

Posted on: January 14, 2012 4:48 pm
Edited on: January 14, 2012 5:50 pm

Posted by Chip Patterson

Joe Paterno has begun to tell his side of the story. Sally Jenkins, of The Washington Post, did an exclusive interview with Paterno - his first official comments regarding the fallout at Penn State since his firing on Nov. 9. The story will be published in Sunday's edition of the paper, and was made available online on Saturday.

In the story Paterno gives his account of the events surrounding the alleged rape of a young boy by Jerry Sandusky in the Penn State facilities in 2002. The details of what Mike McQueary told the Penn State head coach, and the steps that were or weren't taken by Penn State officials.

From the piece in Sunday's Washington Post:

Paterno contends that ignorance was the context with which he heard McQueary’s disturbing story in 2002. McQueary, sitting at Paterno’s kitchen table, told him that he had been at the football building late the evening before when he heard noises coming from the shower. “He was very upset and I said why, and he was very reluctant to get into it,” Paterno said. “He told me what he saw, and I said, what? He said it, well, looked like inappropriate, or fondling, I’m not quite sure exactly how he put it. I said you did what you had to do. It’s my job now to figure out what we want to do. So I sat around. It was a Saturday. Waited till Sunday because I wanted to make sure I knew what I was doing. And then I called my superiors and I said, ‘Hey, we got a problem, I think. Would you guys look into it?’ Cause I didn’t know, you know. We never had, until that point, 58 years I think, I had never had to deal with something like that. And I didn’t feel adequate.”

At that point, Paterno set up a meeting for McQueary and Curley, the athletic director, and Schultz, who oversaw university police. McQueary has testified that he gave both men a far more graphic description of what he witnessed, which he believed to be Sandusky sodomizing a boy of about 10, who had his hands against the shower wall. At the preliminary hearing for Curley and Schultz on Dec. 16, McQueary said he had been reluctant to go into similar “great detail about sexual acts” with Paterno, out of respect for the coach, who was 78 at the time.

Schultz and Curley have maintained that McQueary failed to impart the seriousness of what he saw to them as well. They never told police about the allegation, instead informing Sandusky he could no longer bring children to university facilities. Prosecutors say Sandusky continued to abuse boys for six more years.

Paterno has said, “In hindsight, I wish I had done more.”

Most of the story lines up with Paterno's grand jury testimony, but there was some interesting insight into Jerry Sandusky's exit. Paterno explains in the interview that he was growing frustrated with Sandusky's involvement with Second Mile, the charity he used to help identify potential victims.

“He came to see me and we talked a little about his career,” Paterno said in the story. “I said, you know, Jerry, you want to be head coach, you can’t do as much as you’re doing with the other operation. I said this job takes so much detail, and for you to think you can go off and get involved in fundraising and a lot of things like that. . . . I said you can’t do both, that’s basically what I told him.”

The interview with Sally Jenkins was conducted on Jan. 12-13, you can read the full story here.

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Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: January 16, 2012 3:29 pm

Paterno gives first interview on Sandusky scandal

The sad thing for you is you actually think Penn State fans care what you say.

Typical logic from a Penn State defender.  Of course you care or you would not be responding. 

Since: Nov 27, 2007
Posted on: January 16, 2012 3:26 pm

Paterno gives first interview on Sandusky scandal

That's directed at Mr. Grean Bean btw.

Since: Mar 24, 2009
Posted on: January 16, 2012 3:26 pm
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Since: Nov 27, 2007
Posted on: January 16, 2012 3:25 pm

Paterno gives first interview on Sandusky scandal

The sad thing for you is you actually think Penn State fans care what you say.

Since: Nov 27, 2007
Posted on: January 16, 2012 3:22 pm

Paterno gives first interview on Sandusky scandal

Guys like you live in a bubble.  Even guys like Joe Paterno can fail when they don't truly mean to do wrong.  Joe had no way of knowing his superiors would drop the ball on this.  NO IDEA!!!!!  You are a simple minded fool making statements like screw the kids, blah blah blah.  No one, and I mean NO ONE is happy with what happened to those boys.  We'd all like to hang JS by his nuts, and Joe probably deserved to be let go, but it should have been handled differently and doesn't change the fact all guys like you are doing is speculating.  Keep throwing stones in your glass house righteous one.  If the uninformed info about Joe you throw around helps you sleep at night, well good for you.  You are nothing but an arm chair quarterback like the rest of us with an opinion, nothing more.  Go cry in your fruitloops over your teams crap performance against Alabama.  You have more knowledge about that than PSU.

Since: Jan 4, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 3:15 pm

Paterno gives first interview on Sandusky scandal

I'd bet there are pink unicorns in Unforeseen's world.

Since: Jan 28, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 3:14 pm

Sorry, JoPa apologists....this changes everything

Paterno allowed a serial child rapist to carry on in his facility right under his nose. Ignorance isn't a defense. The people of PA who defend this man need to do some serious soul searching. JoPa, on the strength of his benign neglect, is guilty by association.

Since: Jul 28, 2008
Posted on: January 16, 2012 2:58 pm

Paterno gives first interview on Sandusky scandal

Actually, you are the one that is obviously delusional. You don't have a firm understanding of the facts. You continue to take statements out of context. You continue to attempt to delute people with your moral straw man argument because you know you are wrong.

Success with honor. Joe lived it and should follow his example. It would do you a world of good.

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: January 16, 2012 2:53 pm

Paterno gives first interview on Sandusky scandal

Do you know how foolish you look trying to defend Joe by saying he did not have enough information.  Why did Joe not have enough information?  McQueary worked for him and Joe could have asked for clarification at any time.  The only reason why he would not would be that he did not want to know.  Actually, this was not the first accusation about Sandusky molesting little boys on campus, so of course Joe knew about Sandusky's past.  For Joe to claim ignorance is laughable to anyone with the ability to think.  Clearly, that does not include the PSU defenders because they do not want to think about what happened, they want to focus all of their energy on defending Joe. 

Why was Joe having to speculate at all.  He could have asked directly.  This is getting to be embarrassing on my part.  I stand by my earlier statement that you defenders are delusional.  Using ignorance as an excuse when he could have gone right to the source is laughable. 

Screw the kids, we have to protect the reputation of our coach!  So, that is exactly what Sandusky did.  Be proud Penn State fans as your administration did exactly that, to include your former coach. 

Since: Jul 28, 2008
Posted on: January 16, 2012 2:35 pm

Intellectual dishonesty

"To say that he is being misquoted is a joke.

While frantically backtracking after being called for deliberately taking a quote out of context in an obvious attempt to twist its meaning (or shere ignorance of the facts which is probably more likely) our intellectual dishonest LSU fan does it again.

"Paterno himself says that he was told there was fondling going on in the shower."

This of course is not what he said and not what he was told. If you actually bothered to fact check your statement you would see that Joe was speculation as to what McQueary saw after meeting with him.

Again, Joe did the right thing with the information he had at the time. And please, get your facts straight and stop taking quotes out of context. It is disgraceful and imoral.

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