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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.

Follow Jim Rodenbush's Nittany Lions RapidReports for more on developments from State College, Pa.

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Since: Jan 21, 2009
Posted on: January 15, 2012 2:13 pm
 

Behind the times

I don't want to give Joe an excuse, or sound ageist, but this is just more proof that if you can't handle the issues facing you in your job in the present day, you need to go.  If Joe is right about how he handled it, then he is basically saying "I couldn't handle it."  If you can't handle what goes with the job, it's time to go.  Joe was so stubborn, he should have left well enough alone.  



Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: January 15, 2012 2:12 pm
 

Paterno gives first interview on Sandusky scandal

Pathetic coward.



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: January 15, 2012 1:40 pm
 

Paterno gives first interview on Sandusky scandal

The New York Times has released the actual conversation between Joe Pa and McQueary. In it; Mac begins by "Cough, cough, er,er, uh Coach; Uh,I don't know how to say this, but, uh, uh," Paterno interjects;"What is it son? Are you in trouble again?" Mac replies: "No, No Old Man. I saw something last night that was troubling." Joe Pa: "Out with it boy." MacQueary: "Promise not to freak out. OK?" Joe; " Come on Mikey; I don't have all day." Mac: "All right. Here it goes! I was in the locker room late last night and saw Coach Jerr and some kid doing the rub-a-dub-dub ." Joe :"What?" Mac:" You know coach. Shower horseplay." Joe: "Who the hell is Jerr?" Mac: "You know old-timer; the ex-defensive coach. Sandusky." Joe:" I vaguely remember some man named Sandosko,Sambuco, Sunfrusco, or something like that." Mac:"No coach. The dude you fired 3 years ago." Joe:"You mean that guy thet liked boys?" Mac: "Yeah! That's him!" Joe Pa: "Oh Heavens! I thought he moved to Florida." Mac:"No. He's still wandering around our facilities with different kids every week." Joe:"Oh! That's not good. Is it?" Mac:"I wouldn't think so." Joe:"Tell you what. Let me finish my bacon and eggs, take my morning nap;sleep on this overnight and go talk to Hurley maybe tomorrow or the next day." Mac:"It's Curley." Joe:" Yeah. I know it's early. That's why I'm still im my bathrobe." At that point MaQueary gets up from the table, shakes his head and mutters:"Oh Hell! What's the use. This old goat won't remember any of this whole conversation anyway." He thens bows,excuses himself and leaves from the back door. Paterno:"So long Mark. Have a nice day."



Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2012 1:30 pm
 

Paterno gives first interview on Sandusky scandal

The whole story blows-up ONE WEEK after JoePa wins record breaking game.  One week?  After all those years?  Just the timing of that proves people at PSU knew something was rotten.  Everyone from the Board of Directors down needs to be thrown out & no longer on the payroll if PSU ever really wants to take their heads out of the sand & really wants the stench of this situation to start to go away.



Since: Apr 26, 2008
Posted on: January 15, 2012 1:13 pm
 

Paterno gives first interview on Sandusky scandal

When he told Schultz he was telling a campus flunkie who just happened to have the campus police as one of his responsibilities. What were his credentials to run a police force? No one has brought that up. Do you know? By his actions it seems he had none and was a financial guy who didn't know the first thing about investigating cases. Wake up. Joe screwed up badly. He knows it, why don't you?


I love this!  This guy is saying that Joe went to the Police, but the police were incompetent and Joe should have known the police were incompetent; therefore he didn't do the right thing.  So when you go to the cops to report a crime guys, make sure you voir dire the guy to make sure he is a legit cop and not a flunkie.  Comedy at its finest.

Your unique opinion of "disband the football program, put everyone who went to Penn State in jail, and burn the building to the ground" is noted.  You can move on to something else now that you have weighed in with your valued and educated take on the situation. 



Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: January 15, 2012 1:07 pm
 

Paterno gives first interview on Sandusky scandal

Look, anything that comes out of Penn State or Joe Paterno, is calculated and released with the hope of diminishing the years of sickness that permeated unhappy valley. For the media to even cover this type of one sided storytelling is sad. Let the process play out on its own is the battle cry for all penn staters. The problem is that the process is flawed and always has been.

Our legal system is better than any in the world today. However, it is completely flawed (see O.J). The truth never really comes out, so the fingerpointers each way will always say "I told you so", he was innocent or he was guilty. Prosecutors, Judges and Attorneys, seem to have a connection to PSU, so you can take everything for what its worth. Pure drabble, especially from the Board of Trustees at PSU, Joe Paterno and all things Penn State.

For those that say the Board and Joe have earned a right to be heard, are wrong. The folks that need to be heard from, are the victims. They earned that right and I am sure each, would trade their lot in life in exchange for not being raped and assaulted. Penn State Board of Trustees need to look at their make-up and request resignations. The new President needs to go already because he is scrambling trying to do damage control instead of just fixing the problem. Instead they are worried about bringing the football program back!! Back from what? A controlling, abusive, sick environment.

That is something to be proud of, not. Forego football for now. Get back to being an academic institution. Remove the leaches, the possies, that are the Board of Trustees and PSU Administration.



Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2012 1:00 pm
 

Paterno gives first interview on Sandusky scandal

In 1998, Jerry Sandusky retired all of a sudden, Joe Paterno never said a word????

In 2002, Joe was officially advised that Sandusky may have abused a child, Joe reported it and then did nothing?????

Joe saw Sandusky in and around penn State Locket rooms from 2002 to 2010, and Sandusky was in the Presidnet's Box for Joe's 409th Win, so tel me what Joe Paterno really did, and now blames others????

The Culture of Arrogance, Ignorance, and SDecrecy to protect the Penn State Football program was under command of Joe Paterno at all times, but now Joe claims he knew so little, but at teh same time ran everything?????

Joe Paterno allowed a Child Predator that abused children to remain within the Penn State Football Program.

Nothing more need be said! Shame on you Joe!



Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2012 12:55 pm
 

Paterno gives first interview on Sandusky scandal

In 1998, Jerry Sandusky retired all of a sudden, Joe Paterno never said a word????

In 2002, Joe was officially advised that Sandusky may have abused a child, Joe reported it and then did nothing?????

Joe saw Sandusky in and around penn State Locket rooms from 2002 to 2010, and Sandusky was in the Presidnet's Box for Joe's 409th Win, so tel me what Joe Paterno really did, and now blames others????

The Culture of Arrogance, Ignorance, and SDecrecy to protect the Penn State Football program was under command of Joe Paterno at all times, but now Joe claims he knew so little, but at teh same time ran everything?????

Joe Paterno allowed a Child Predator that abused children to remain within the Penn State Football Program.

Nothing more need be said! Shame on you Joe!



Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2012 12:42 pm
 

Paterno gives first interview on Sandusky scandal

Why are these people who were fired for letting this go on [child abuse] still on the payroll and taking our money[states].



Since: Jan 14, 2010
Posted on: January 15, 2012 12:41 pm
 

Paterno gives first interview on Sandusky scandal

Shut up Paterno.  You did what was best for yourself and your legacy.  (Hey Joe, you won 2 National Championships but your defensive coordinator is a pedophile.)  You had more power than anyone at PSU, so stop playing the feeble old man.  And you only wish you did more because you got exposed for what you are.............AN ENABLER.   YOU ARE A DISGRACE!

Hey recruits!!   Come to PSU and use the same showers Sandusky used!!!!



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