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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: Nov 23, 2008
Posted on: January 15, 2012 10:39 pm

Paterno gives first interview on Sandusky scandal


;     &nbs
p; Show me where anyone told Joe Paterno a child was raped.  The amount of misinformation that I read from people posting on this board is mindblowing.

I happen to call you out but you are just 1 of 100's that state things that are simply not Facts.

I find it sad that we as a society have come to a place that we can easily sit at a keyboard and pass judgement on others without

any regard to truth or facts.

I am not codoning the actions of the perpertrator. Child molestation is a horrible crime. I am asking each of you who have condemned

this man so swiftly , how would you like your name and reputation dragged thru the mud without due process.

It is easy to form an opinion and type horrid comments behind a cloak of secrecy, yes secrecy the thing that some think has occurred at PSU.

When we have all the information regarding this scandal (including the Second Mile)  cast your stones.  BUT UNTIL THEN IS IT POSSIBLE FOR US TO SHOW SOME RESTRAINT!    

Since: Jul 28, 2008
Posted on: January 15, 2012 10:36 pm

Breaking news

Nothing has changed at all. Joe did exactly what he was supposed to do with the information he had. Of course the emotionally senstive morons here can't accept the fact that they were wrong all along and will never admit that Joe lived by his moto.

Success with honor.

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2012 9:55 pm

Paterno gives first interview on Sandusky scandal

The bottom line is that ultimately the police had to get a call and the person that witnessed it had to make a report and that is McQueary.  The DA will need a witness or the victim to come forward in this and that is McQueary. Joe Paterno and the other two administrators could have called the police, but the police would have to talk to McQueary.

McQueary's respect for the aging coach didnt help things as it painted a less graphic, less serious issue.  I can see where horsing around came from now and it was probably as he described it to Paterno.  McQueary's discussion with his father failed as his father should have told him to go to the police.  He is a adult.  There shouldnt have been any discussion...just a call to the police.  Not to mention, he shouldnt have even left the showers without the kid - but I am sure many will also blame that on Paterno as well.

Joe Paterno was illequiped to handle this situation.  Sandusky was not a coach.  He wasnt a teacher.  He was basically enjoying a sort of emeritus status and use of the facilities.  Paterno doesnt have the ability to remove Sandusky's emeritus status as he doesnt have the ability to grant it either.  Sandusky used the status to get the children on campus.  Now Paterno did get enough of a picture to involve Curley and Schultz at the next meeting for McQueary.  However, this was not within Paterno's scope of work to deal with.  If it was a coach molesting one of his players...yes...absolutely. &n

Schultz was responsible for campus police.  I am sorry though that I dont buy McQueary's understanding that Schultz was the same as the regional police.  I even know the difference between campus and normal police.  Again, the answer from this meeting should have been nothing more than to tell McQueary that he had to report this to the actual police and even set up the meeting to do so. 

The effort to sweep this under the rug started with McQueary himself.  Going to Paterno instead of the police was obviously a effort to try and get this handled from within or to take responsibility to do the right thing away from himself.  Paterno should fault himself only for not telling McQueary or taking McQueary to the police.  Schultz is the one that really dropped the ball (later Spanier as well) as it is his responsibility for legally monitoring the campus and taking care of illegal activities.  If there was a meth lab at the Quad, I expect Schultz to get in touch with the DEA and local police and not try to take the whole thing down himself.  In this case, he needed to get McQueary in touch with the authorities because these infractions were far outside the ability of the campus police to resolve. 

I can understand Paterno's regret.  That regret should be not taking McQueary to the real police.  But he did realize that he was outside his area of expertise and did try to get it resolved as best he could.   McQueary's father's advice also fell far off the mark.  Ultimately though, Schultz, Curley and Spanier will be responsible and Curley to a lesser degree for the cover up or passing the buck in this situation.  However, even with the witness and everything else, the police and DA had Sandusky back in 98 and let him walk. 

Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2012 8:56 pm

Paterno gives first interview on Sandusky scandal

I actually feel sorry for JoePa after this interview. It shows that he clearly did not understand the gravity of the situation. He just did not get it. I do not if his age or the time he grew up in had anything to do with it, but he did seem to realize that some men sexually molest little boys and that Sandusky was a pedophile. He could not wrap his mind around that concept. He knew what he was being told was bad, but he did not understand exactly what was going on, how bad it was, and what he needed to do about it. I think time had passed JoePa up in some way. I think if he had understood things better, his actions would have been much different.   

Since: Jan 3, 2009
Posted on: January 15, 2012 6:55 pm

Paterno gives first interview on Sandusky scandal

The 4 and 5 star sons of the PSU family will continue to go to Penn State no matter what ---

Since: Sep 26, 2011
Posted on: January 15, 2012 4:26 pm

Paterno gives first interview on Sandusky scandal

No excuse for not lighting this guy up after he viewed w/ a boy. Any and every boy that this pervert molested are now on Paternos head. You knew that this ran deeper then Pedophile State University would admit to. Paterno better hope they do not go after him criminally. He basically is an accomplice because he turned his head. This old coot had children so obviously this came down to loyalty to his life long friend or that he is simply senile. I could see if he observed one of his coaches slipping a player a few dollars and he turned his head. But a rape? Any respect I had for coach Paterno went out the window. There is no excuse for him of a child. The worse.

Since: Feb 28, 2008
Posted on: January 15, 2012 3:47 pm

Paterno gives first interview on Sandusky scandal

Do you think JoPa whould have know what to do if it was one of his children that Sandusky was abusing? He just didn't care enough about these kids as a human being to stick his neck out for them.

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2012 3:47 pm

Paterno gives first interview on Sandusky scandal

...That was in regards to Mr. Free_Safety over there...

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2012 3:44 pm

Paterno gives first interview on Sandusky scandal

That's it?... that's what you have to say?  Are you in a hurry?  Joe Paterno has made a positive impact on many people, in different way's, over a generation.  Don't get me wrong... He made a mistake and it was a costly one.  He may have had a chance to stop the raping of boys.  He regrets it and he lost his job over it.

Is this the stone you cast?

Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: January 15, 2012 3:14 pm

Paterno gives first interview on Sandusky scandal

Oh hey another story about Joe Paterno. Networks making that $$$$$$$$$$$$. You would think that this was a case about Joe Paterno abusing kids the way the media is flocking to him. Just throw the name Paterno out there and people will read and watch. I'm not saying he did everything he could, I'm saying this is a Penn State scandal. A lot of people knew, a lot of people could have done more. That is what makes this so mind blowing. Usually collaboration among people results in better decision making. The most recent idiotic move was the AD letting Sandusky into the stadium to watch Paterno's 409th because Sandusky's wife insisted. Hey we know this guy is accused of sexually abusing kids on our watch for a decade but were going to continue to do nothing and associate with him because he wife wants him to see this game.  A lot of them knew, a lot of them should have done more. Doesn't matter if you're an assistant, coach, AD, president or whatever. We will never know why they allowed this to continue for so long. But the Paterno name makes money. Gives the media a break from talking about Casey Anthony's tattoos I guess.

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