Joe Paterno: Cover Up May Have Been His Idea

    July 1, 2012
    Amanda Crum
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In the days and weeks since Joe Paterno’s death, he has been painted as a good, honest man whose main goal in life was bettering the lives of his players; he has been hailed as a kindly older gentleman with nothing but the best intentions in his heart.

But now that several email exchanges between the former president of Penn State and two employees have been released to the public, we are seeing a potentially dark side of that man, and people who once stood in his corner are finding a change of heart.

The emails were exchanged between former president Graham Spanier, vice president Gary Schultz, and athletic director Tim Curley in the days following Mike McQueary’s claims to Paterno that he had witnessed Jerry Sandusky sexually abusing a boy in the school showers. Curley and Schultz were concerned and initially wanted to go to authorities, but quickly changed their minds, which was reflected in the emails. Their second option, they wrote to Spanier, was to go to Sandusky directly rather than involving anyone publicly, and Spanier agreed, calling it a “humane and reasonable way to proceed”.

Curley wrote:

“After giving it more thought and talking it over with Joe [Paterno] yesterday, I am uncomfortable with what we agreed were the next steps. I am having trouble with going to everyone, but the person involved. I would be more comfortable meeting with the person.. tell him the information we received… and tell him we are aware of the first situation.”

”The only downside for us is if message isn’t ‘heard’ and acted upon and we then become vulnerable for not having reported it, but that can be assessed down the road,” Spanier allegedly replied.

When the emails first surfaced, many people wondered what would make Curley and Schultz, who seemed so intent on bringing the story out at first, change their minds so suddenly. Now, it looks like Joe Paterno played a major hand in swaying them towards keeping the allegations quiet.

Unfortunately, Paterno isn’t here to answer questions, as he passed away earlier this year of lung cancer. With these newly-discovered emails coming to light, his reputation and legacy will no doubt be even more marred.

  • Frank Dicken

    Once again dog piling on the rabit vs. the truth. You better be able to prove your writings Amanda or you are as guilty as the rest. At 76 years of age (the age JoePa) would have been when the first allegations surfaced and you’re telling me that Paterno had an email address and used it? Foolish to think the elderly embrace emails and computers the way we do today. My take on it is that Joe went to the folks that were required to handle it and they didn’t do enough. Furthermore I beleive that some of the incidents were in fact reported to the PSU police as well as State College PD… That is where the story lies. At 76 he needed to get the boys ready for the game on Saturday…. That is all that he looked at. Ignorance? Yes, but once again you need to know a mans thought process before you can accuse him.

    • tim

      to say that someone in their 70s cant use email is THE most idiotic, lame defense i think can ever remember reading in my entire life.

      my dad is 74 and he even has a cell phone! i had no idea he was forging such a brave,new geriatric frontier.

      • Mary

        I totally agree with you. I am 70 and have been using a computer for fourteen years and put web sites together. And yes, I too have an iPhone. Is this man nuts?

    • Dan

      How about you actually read the article, Frank? It doesn’t say a thing about Paterno having or using e-mail (which would be completely irrelevant even if it did). If you put aside your juvenile insistence that this guy couldn’t possibly be a monster because he was a good football coach, you’ll recognize the evidence as pretty compelling.

    • http://yahoo Fred

      Frank, you’re in denial. JoePa as you so lovingly named him could’ve done something but chose to preserve Penn St and thus his legacy. Any assualt from that time forward would most definately been prevented had JoePa done the right thing. It is not just Paterno but all involved.

    • Saintan

      Frank, do you like children?

    • Ellen

      Ridiculous. Every elderly person in my family and among friends (I can count at least 30 without any effort at all) has a computer and an email address, and uses it regularly. But I guess you will say anything you need to in order to make a flimsy excuse for the sacrifice of children to college football.

      The fact that he was showering alone and after hours with young boys (an undisputed fact) is enough to condemn him, since no one I have ever known who worked with children in any capacity would dream of doing such a thing. It is way beyond inappropriate and definitely within forbidden territory.

    • Alyce

      First of all, Frank, your comment that a 76 year old Paterno wouldn’t have used e-mail is preposterous. Of course he would. At a university EVERYBODY uses e-mail. You are foolish to think “the elderly” can’t and don’t use modern technology. Ignorant.

      Second, the article doesn’t even talk about Paterno using e-mail, so your point is moot.
      “After . . . talking it over with Joe [Paterno] yesterday,”
      This statement was in an e-mail between Spanier Curley and Schultz, not Paterno.

      Paterno’s thought process was to sweep things under the rug to save his ass and “get the boys ready for the game on Saturday, ” Penn State business as usual. What about the boys that he continued to let Sandusky get his dirty hands on — the little, defenseless boys?

  • Mr Amazing Jr

    Why would you stand by Mr Paterno now? With everything that has come out his legacy is so much marred it is not funny. When they came to him with the allegations, which are so horrific, and then nothing happened as time went on how could Mr Paterno just let everything go like nothing happened. It is criminal.

  • LP

    I think it’s pathetic to go after a dead guy … someone who can’t defend himself. Go ahead, pile it on … he can’t answer the claims and allegations … he’s dead.

    Why can’t you just be satisfied that justice has been done? Why continue to smear people?

    • Charley

      I agree LP. It don’t require any guts to slander a dead person. I seriously doubt that Joe Paterno wanted to “cover up” anything but WAS concerned about the reputation of the school and football team that meant so much to him. How many of us have had family member or friends do something awful and/or embarrassing and we said something like “Let’s not tell anybody about this” or “Oh God, what will the neighbors think?”. I cannot ever visualize Joe Paterno being sympathetic to sexual deviates, perverts, or queers. Yes, I am very aware of that last word and I REFUSE to be politically correct!

      • Ellen

        So if you can’t visualize something, then it can’t be true? How convenient.

      • http://WebProBusiness Dale Joy

        If it were your child being groomed and molested would you stop trying to rectify something after the facts have come out and one of the people involved has passed on? Rectifying the possibility of it ever happening again would be more important than a death of someone involved in the continuation of such a crime.

    • http://yahoo Fred

      F-ck Joe. F-uck Penn St.

      • Ingrid

        Dale Joy you make a great point. If it was my child I would want to know who all was involved and why they did not intercede on behalf of my child.We don’t know how involved JoePa was involved , but we do know he cont. to allow Sandusky to work with him and even cont. his association / friendship with him. Interesting huh

    • Alyce

      Why do you insist on calling this slander? Do you know what slander is? This is the truth emerging from actual evidence that there was knowledge of what Sandusky was doing and a decision by the powers-that-were, including Paterno, NOT to take appropriate action.

      Why do you object to the truth? The lives of many young boys were damaged by their inaction. All should be accountable, alive or dead. Being dead does not make you innocent of wrongdoing. There’s nothing the law can do to Paterno now, but his involvement is part of the WHOLE TRUE STORY, and it should be told.

  • Sleuths

    Let The Man R.I.P. If Guilty, I’m Sure His Punishment From The Creator Is Even More Severe Than Any Of The Others…But Their Day Is Coming Too.

  • John White

    As the single biggest financial contributor (via the football program) Joe Pa was all-powerful at Penn State. The idea that he just kind of passed along the word to his”superiors” about Sandusky and turned his back would appear less than rational for a man who micromanaged everything else for decades. We have here another perfect example of the old adage that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Big time college athletics has been the breeding ground of cheating, payoffs and a mentality that “win at any cost” is perfectly OK…just win, baby. Paterno wasn’t about to let this horrible episode mar his carefully crafted legacy. But he sure guessed wrong this time.

    • Alyce

      Bravo. I’m not accustomed to reading coherent, intelligent comments on the internet. Thanks for the rare treat.

  • Bob H.

    We are too quick to glorify sports figures and even accept bad behavior while they are still in the game. It wouldn’t surprise me if Joe Pa also “negotiated grades”. Seems the smart coaches know when to retire or they risk turning into “Bret Favre’s”.

  • Bill

    Funny, that now all of the sudden these emails come out when Joe isnt here to defend himself. Shame on the University trying to make him the scapegoat. Another case of CYA.

  • mtb

    Spanier is afraid he’s going to be indicted. AS WELL HE SHOULD BE! Shame on all involved to go after an icon who is dead. He can’t defend himself. Hopefully, all those who loved Joe will get the truth — he did what he was supposed to do. Let everyone who is guilty fry — not Joe!

    • http://yahoo Fred

      Don’t worry. He’s in a better place now. Hell where he deserve

      • Grace

        Amen, Fred…..he can burn while he waits for his buddy to join him.

        • Greg

          This has nothing to do with Joepa, Joe reported this in case you forget the facts of the case…and to pick on a guy who’s dead and can’t defend himself is down right ignorant!

          • Gaylon

            It’s always easy to blame a dead guy.
            I agree with Greg

          • Saintan

            He did not report it to the police.

          • pat

            So if it was your son you would be saying Joe did what he was supposed to do, right! Nobody at PSU had more power than Joe, remember when they went to his house a few year back to force him to retire, he told them to get the hell off his front porch, Joe knew and had the power to make it stop and he did nothing.

          • Robert

            This has everything to do with Paterno. He did tell those higher in authority, but those in authority held him in their confidence and took his advice to cover it up. It is in the e-mails. Joe, unfortunately, is just as guilty as Sandusky. Hell, Sandusky is alive and can’t defend himself. He is as guilty as you can get. Joe is in the same boat, dead or alive.

    • http://WebProBusiness Dale Joy

      Yes, they were all compliant in a crime by not telling the proper athorities about it. Accessory after the fact. All of them should be brought up on charges. Sandusky should lose his pension. It should be given to the victims. What does the poor and ignorant people have to defend themselves if these educated fools are running our higher learning school systems?

  • Jake

    These administrators knew and kept it quiet,
    their inaction contributed to the abuse of so
    many young boys.

    All to protect the football legacy and the University,
    not to protect the abused.

    They need to be held accountable in a court of law.

  • Grace

    I have 3 sons and they all have played sports and my 15 year old is still playing now. That being said, it literally sickens me to think that someone would walk in on a grown man brutally abusing a child and WALK AWAY!!!! Go tell someone??? I am a woman but my mother has thrown a punch in her life to protect me and I know I would NEVER have walked away and let him continue!!!!! One thing old man Sadusky has to be thankful for is that he never had the chance to “mentor” one of mine because I can guarantee you he wouldn’t be sitting in a jail cell right now but fighting off the flames of hell!!!!!

  • Alfonso Rodriguez

    Whoever idea this was, God will take care of them. Some of my nieces went through this with 2 of my brothers, if they only knew how they destroy a human life!

  • M Wilson

    It seems strange to me that none of this came out until JOPA had the record for most wins for a coach. All of this had been known for years. The timing seems awfully suspicious to me.

  • Don

    This is not about Joe Paterno, it’s about Sandusky… The headline says, “May have”, you have to be kidding me, After talking to Joe and without the full context of that conversation, how in the world can you write that. I do remember that Joe did report it to his superiors and they made the decision. Every decision in hindsight is so much clearer for those who sit in the stands.
    I don’t know what Joe said, or what he didn’t say….. I just know I wouldn’t go out and buy the rope and look for the nearest tree based upon such shallow and shoddy writing.
    Remember that after the police and the A/G got the report, it took over a year to make an arrest. They apparently believed they needed to investigate before they made an arrest.

    • Richard

      I agree Don He did pass it on and than went on with his job In hindsight he could have followed up to see what happen but how many of us do that ?

  • Carol

    Talk about valley of the dry bones. Listen Paterno had to know this was going on, so he is an accessory, coupled with the fact Sandusky and Paterno were thick as thieves. I think victims were Sandusky’s reward from Paterno indirectly thru that foundation no one had heard of, it was a underground ring for pedophiles. Paterno hopefully asked for forgiveness and then G-d mercifully escorted him to where he will be forever and ever.Sandusky grow your nails long they like girls like you.

  • http://yahoo Denise

    Guilty or not,JoePaterno is paying the ultimate price-he got the death sentence without benefit of due process.God will decide his final fate,so let him rest in peace if thats whats happening.Focus on the live criminals.Theres enough of them.

  • greg

    Letters defending Sandusky reflect the “true believers” syndrome. By this I mean the exact opposite of what is known as the skeptic. As a scientist is generally asking as many questions as possible in order to weed out the truth, the true believer ties themselves in knots in order to affirm their established and tightly held truth which often forms the basis of their very being. The true believer will expound on how God saved the lone survivor of the airplane crash – and show no conflict in the fact that every single other person died in that same event. The true believer can vote republican – without apparent conflict – when those same republicans demand that every safety net for US citizens be eliminated on some constitutional basis. They will protest stem cell research while friends and family suffer disease due to some corrupted DNA.

    The idea that the true believer will absolve a coach because his team has done well – that is exactly what we should expect.

  • agnis

    guilty by omission is still guilty.

  • Saintan

    If you are defending any one involved, including Joe, you must like molesting children also.

    • bilbo

      Crimes at the highest level for these egomaniacs, to protect a dumb football record at the expense of raping kids. Pathetic. What a horrible farce.

      • Saintan

        Thank you bilbo!

    • LP

      And that comment is at the height of ignorance, Saintan. I’m not defending or accusing … What do they say, hindsight is always 20 / 20 (or better)? It must feel great to vent when your opponent will never have the opportunity to respond. It’s great that all this stuff comes out after Sandusky is convicted and Paterno is dead. IF this stuff was true, where was it in the media when the case broke or where was it while Paterno was alive or where was it during the course of Sandusky’s trial?

      May you all be personally judged with the same measure you are judging others. How does it feel to speak ill of the dead? Make you feel all important and special?

  • Debbie Steinholt

    Amanda Crum sounds like another left wing wacko who wants to encourage the molestation of children so lesbians can hurt even more families. Get rid of them all. Soon. Frick you Amanda. You swine.

    • Carey

      “Get rid of them all. Soon” Sounds like a threat to me….you are aware that that is against the law, aren’t you?

    • Bluedevilsrule

      Well stated. It appears that Amanda needs to change the carpet in her bedroom and maybe she wouldn’t be as bitter about life. For a few days at least!

  • Greg2

    Ms Crums article is again not news. The investigators in this case were thorough but untimely. Sandusky will serve life in prison and should. The administration should be held accountable and will be. Joe Paterno is gone and will be judged by a higher power. But Ms Crum does not report news. She pontificates on her high horse. Ms Crum, start your articles with “In my oponion” and you might be taken more seriously.

    • LP

      Well said, Greg!

      • DavidinDallas

        Open up your closed mind and look at the coverup the old man Joe Paterno did(even switching everything he owns to his wife in case a civil suit showed up before that old fart would kick-the-bucket)…….You must also be voting for Obummer!!!!

    • TommyA

      Touche’ … couldn’t have said it any better! These so called reporters today mix up “opinion & blogging about it” with “reporting on it”!!!

  • http://yahoo Alvin Bolster

    All idols have feet of clay.
    It’s time for Joe Pa’s statue
    at Penn State to come tumbling

  • http://yahoo Alvin Bolster

    All idols have feet of clay.
    It’s time for Joe Pa’s statue
    at Penn State to come tumbling

  • Sanchez

    Not Joe, he wouldn’t hide this for the sake of winning a Bowl.

  • Jay Alan

    It`s very easy to say what a person may or may not have done.
    Especially since the person is not around to say what REALLY happened as far as what he knew. People will say things now to make themselves look better, and to make Joe look bad. Knowing he can`t respond.

  • bob

    Let the f…… guy rest in peace. We are all human. “May he cast the first stone.” You know Paterno probably wasn’t an authority on sexual abuse. Joe was an old time football coach. He wasn’t any intellectual. Should they have reported it? Absolutely. Were they stupid and wrong not too? Yes. Joe Paterno DID do alot of good for alot of people. At one point in my life I loved all this stuff. Somebody gettin “found out.” Somebody gettin divorced. Somebody making a mistake. I salivated over it. Now? Not so much. Not so much anymore.

    • Trend

      As usual defending a child molestor I guess you’re Catholic also.

  • Sam

    How does any of this information prove Joe was covering up anything??? Lay off.

    • Trend

      He’s a typical Catholic, no more need to be said.

    • Alyce

      Can’t you read?

      “After . . . talking it over with Joe [Paterno] yesterday, I am uncomfortable with what we agreed were the next steps.”
      This is from an e-mail. IN WRITING!

  • carl

    i think they should give all involved an unsanded broom handle and see how they like it.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Trend

    I don’t know why it’s a surprise to everyone this is what CATHOLICS do. Wanted all other to become Catholic so that they could molestic other kids. The priest are the worst and the mothers and fathers that knew this was going on and took hush money.

    • Floyd Hult

      It could have ALL been avoided. So so sad

    • Brad

      After reading some of your comments your bias and hate scream for you to get outside help FAST! Every group has its losers but only fools condemn the entirety.

  • Doris Bianchi

    This story is disgusting and a disgrace. Joe Paterno gave his life to Penn State and was instrumental in formulating young mens lives to improve humanity. Now, you are going to disgrace his good name when he cannot speak for himself. Sandusky is a slime ball and it is very understandable why Paterno kept this quiet. If he had reported to University officials,they were protecting their University. If Paterno knew, he was protecting himself and PENN State. Why did’nt the victims come forward??? Throw Sandusky in with other Sex offenders and let them have a go of it. Sandusky should NEVER see the light of day again.

  • carl d balderson

    let me look over my computer to find the right buttons to push on how to get rid of the crap they put into these machines ????hmmm oh i found it D-E-L-E-T-E .

    • Gary Plefka

      Say it ain’t so Joe….

  • billy powell

    This was all really sad bud now the university is gonna put it all on paterno.way to go penn state blame the guy who cant defend himself.you are trash and belong in the same catergory as jerry sandusky what a bunch of bitches

    • Charlie

      Get your head out of your arse. If Paterno knew and in all probability he did he is scum and so are the others that knew about the allegations and did not come forward.

      • Cynthia

        Amen to that. Of course they knew, and the good old boys turned their heads for years and talked about it in whispers and hoped it would just go away so nothing would get in the way of the almighty, precious football program.

  • John Doe

    It really doesn’t matter what anyone thinks or says except the victims.

  • ken adair

    What ever happened to the coverage on the Syracuse Basketball Coach who was accused of the same type of crime.Could it be that we wont hear any thing more about this guy because he is Jewish.Everyone in this sort of trouble should be treated in the same way.If you people are going to crucify Paterno then you also better crucify the Jewish dude too The press in this country are getting pretty brazen in this sort of coverage,Hang everone BUT the Jews and dont tell me that Rabbis and other Jewish clergy are oblivious of this sort of thing,we all know better.For certain,we do know that there is a basketball coach of Jewish persuation who is accused of sex crimes and we are not getting any information like the info on Paterno and his assistant.Its not fair or equal reporting.

    • irony

      Seriously – are you talking about crucifying the jewish dude? LOL! Priceless.

    • Jim

      How stupid are you? That had nothing to do with someone being Jewish. That comment is utterly assinine. His accusers were liars and only wanted a quick buck. The lack of coverage was due to lack of a story and evidence NOT because he is Jewish. Idiot!

  • http://webpro Gary Stevens

    I would love to hear what Franco Harris and all the others that said “how dare we say 1 bad word about Paterno”.They should have been worried about the potential victims instead of the almighty Paterno!

  • KayBoesen

    Jerry Sandusky should be shot for what he did. He won’t last long in prison.

    • Steven Wilson

      Everytime I try to get a word out about Sandusky it gets jolted ,holted There is a conspiracy deep in that school and Allumni.

  • bill mosman

    as said, only in american can you put a staute and hail someone up in the middle of a kids school representing someone connected to child abuse ? is anyone suprised really ? no, really are you. there will always be excuses or reasoning, always. beyond shame on you

  • http://yahoo.com ellie

    wasnt there something about a Penn state sociologist who Paterno got fired because she complained about the shower hugger?

  • s.v.p.

    when jerry gets there, they will be waiting with open arms!!! and i hope his screams are unheard too.

  • Matt

    This is proof that Penn State was never the clean, perfect program that is pretended to be. Remember the fight accusations, the rapes. Sandusky, who knows what else that went down at State College? We know now that while they looked squeeky clean from the outside Joe was sweeping it all under Beaver Stadium. Pathetic.

    • william Noyes

      Penn State was always all that. I hope Sandusky rots in Hell. It is, and always will be a pure, and honest place. We do run a clean Football Program and are better people when we leave Penn State then when we arrive. We study harder , learn more, are more well rounded and positioned better to succeed that most college graduates. Penn State taught me how to be a winner, a better kinder person, and I am damn proud. they call it Penn State Proud. Don’t ever say any thing bad about Coach Paterno. He was a fine man, a great man, and one of the best coaches of all time . A legend larger than life. So to all you haters Get your mind right. Graduate- PSU 1990 Econ University Park.

  • right

    Well one thing for sure, a dead man can’t defend himself. This is disgusting to me, once again Penn State needs a scape goat, and Joe Pa, will serve as that scape goat.
    He did so much for the students and athletic department of that university, and now use him one last time. Dead men can’t defend themselves. I’m convinced he died of a broken heart. Sandusky did the act, and he should pay, but the memory of a dead man should not be tainted. Here’s one for all of you, did you know that Centre County DA disappeared, and has never been found, he was investigating this crap. All a little too familiar, Penn State is run like a mob.

    • Dr. K.

      Joe Pa behaved in a cowardly manner. It takes a lot of energy and moral courage to proceed with following through on such a shocking incident he was clearly told about. If you look the other way, you don’t upset the apple cart. He got off easy in death. He probably died earlier than expected because of shame and remorse. Just because he is no longer here to defend himself doesn’t mean that his behavior was without fault. Were he alive now there would be no defense for inaction. Even abuse victims are told to keep telling someone until they are believed and helped. Joe Pa should have been like the Energizer Bunny to keep going and going in the telling of this incident until something was done to stop this monster. But he didn’t did he? Joe Pa defenders still have their heads buried in the sand…and most likely always will!

  • rangerrebew

    The comment “we are aware of the first situation” makes it sound like the administration was aware of at least one other Sandusky sexual attack. If they were aware of the situation that McQueary brought to them and it was the only one, there would be no purpose in using the adjective “first.” I haven’t seen that mentioned by all the high paid pundits, as if saving Joepa’s reputation is more important than the truth.

  • http://microsoft7 jude anne

    I agree w/Right. They used Coach Paterno as a scape goat. It seems funny that this abuse came to light just before Coach Paterno’s retirement. Now that he is deceased, they are indicating that there is email to blame the cover up all on him. So glad that Sandusky is put away for life.

  • gotelitonthemountain

    All Curly says in the email is that Curly(he) was uncomfortable going to everyone. Curly only says he talked with Joe. He does not say he agreed or disagreed with Joe. Curly ultimately made the decision not to report it to everyone. In Curly’s position he should have reported it.

  • carolmullen

    I never stood behind Joe Paterno, and i took heat for that but i could of cared less about his supporters, it’s coming out now what i said all along he knew about it but did nothing to stop it, keeping it quiet was a better way of dealing with it. He along with his crew at Penn State were all to blame for these Boys getting raped..

    • Ed

      this is common, in my work life I have witnessed people who would shy away from full disclosure because they thought they could get away with it and usually they did. Morality and faith get trampled when you deal with powerful and insulated people. The legacy of Penn State athletics will be to remind people to be careful about keeping their perversions private.

  • Roscoe

    The man is dead, he died shortly after being fired from Penn State, a university that didn’t want to live up to their failings. Let him rest in peace and quit trying to upset his family just so YOU can look good.

  • Roscoe

    I had the unfortunate experience of working at a prestigious private college in Kalamazoo, MI for 11 years. You would be totally blown away if you knew how far they go to protect themselves and their money, even if it means totally destroying another person. Believe me, I won’t say it happens every day, but I WILL say it happens several times a month. Someone has to explain the missing money and missing inventory and the students who are claiming sexual abuse (there is a lot more behind the “claiming”, they claim it because it really happened), it’s so much easier to blame it on a lowly employee rather than hold the college responsible. Sad to say, even to this day, people buy that and other people are destroyed because of it.

  • Ken

    As I’ve stated in comments before on this subject, Joe Paterno DID report this to the police when he reported it to the campus security director. That was his moral obligation. Where it went from there was out of his hands. Would you report a violation to an officer, then call him and ask what he’s doing about it? I highly doubt it. People will say “Yes, I would.”; but, the reality is the majority of people don’t call and ask that question. As I read in a different post: Jo Pa didn’t have any influence in the matter. Jo Pa was one of the most influential people at Penn State. You cannot have it both ways, in the press or on the internet.

  • pm

    This is complete bullshit. You’ve taken one line from one email and tried to pin the cover up on Joe Paterno. The email is very vague. It doesn’t say what was discussed. It doesn’t say that Joe agreed with not going to police. To declare that the cover up was his idea is just tabloid journalism. Using the “may” doesn’t make it acceptable. The world may end tomorrow. It may not. My neighbor may be a pedophile. I have no proof he isn’t. So far there is no proof Joe witnessed any child abuse or participated in the cover up. Joe never used email & we don’t know what he did or didn’t know. He’s not here to defend himself so that makes him an easy target for lazy writers who want attention grabbing headlines.

    • psufan

      I agree this is utter nonsense.Take the word of two liars and what do you think they would do but make Joe the scapegoat,he cannot defend himself.I have lived outside State College all of my 54 years and cannot believe he would cover anything like this up.

      • http://yahoo lived a little

        Please pull the wool covering eyes off!

    • k

      the fact of the matter is Joe did know about it which allowed sandusky to violate more children..the emails pinpoint the fact that the “higher ups” in the department realized there could be repercussions for not going public with the information / which is anagolous to you and a passenger running someone over with your car last summer and mentioning it next summer.
      the problem is the “higher ups” knew what was going on and for some reason they didn’t take one second to think about how much damage would be done to future kids if this wasn’t stopped. trust me, if you were cornered in a shower by a 65 year old man when your 5 it would drastically mess with your future life..sick bastards

    • Mitchell


      Very well said. When I first read the headline, I was shocked. Then I read the email and thought, typical media in our country. Always going for the shock impact. That email does nothing to suggest Joe was the reason for the cover-up.

  • http://www.doucebag.com Barack Obama

    This Mother-less Phuck knew EXACTLY WHAT was going on…Rapist-U…that is what Penn State has become…buncha ass-rapin Catholic mutherphuck cunts who like boys…

  • Guido

    Amanda Crum?

  • JK Garnet

    First thing to do is for Coach Bowden to Coach a couple more seasons at a University of his choice. Then HE will take the mantle of #1 winningest College Football coach away from that disgusting homosexual protector Joe Paterno. Cmon Coach College Football needs you to jump back in, retake the mantle and spit on Paterno’s grave.

    • Mitchell

      Another great post from one of America’s finest!!!! Please tell me you are not voting in the Presidential election.

      • elvis singleton

        mitchel , your intellect is over shadowed by you lack of common sense.

  • margaret

    This whole matter turns my stomach! I have family and friend who are loyal PSU people, but this is beyone the pale. I now only think JoPA was involved in the cover up, I do believe that he was part of the abuse! No man of his age could have covered this up unless he was part of it. I hope I have voiced what many have have thinking. SO get the halo off of this pervert, and let him rot in hell along with Sandusky!

    • Mitchell

      Margaret…seriously? I must say, and I’ve read a ton of comments on many different topics, that your post is probably the most ridiculous and idiotic statement I have ever seen.

      Please tell me you are not an educated person. Only that will make me feel better about someone actually writing what you wrote.

      You do not know the context and should not comment on what someone else was thinking or what they meant.

      Your post is simply irresponsible and lacks intelligent thought. But then again, you are not alone.

      • elvis singleton

        let us not point fingers for you may find your pointing at yourself

  • Cynthia

    Isn’t this scandal reason enough to stop WORSHIPPING athletes, coaches, and the whole sports world? Ten bucks says JoePa knew; everybody in the area probably knew, and that goes for Jerry’s creepy wife and family. They all wanted to keep their jobs, money, social position, etc., and they sold a bunch of kids down a river of shame and pain. If Penn State wants to do right, the school’s entire football budget and proeeds from every game from now on should be donated to helping people stop predators. And JoePa should be wiped from the schools history.

    • Adult

      I agree but in reality, more money for the budget and the pain and shame will be swept under the rug………God bless america……. how pathetic we’ve become….

  • Hank

    If you look at the timeline of what happened and when it happened its very fishy that the allegations came out after Joe Paterno finally achieved the accolade of most wins of in football as a coach and then died 2 months later… Little too perfect.

  • pat

    the only person to blame is mcquery. he witnessed the crime and didn’t call authorities. paterno and the other guys are basically irrelevant since their testimony would have basically been heresay. Why McQuery doesnt get more flack is beyond me. Eventually he did the right thing but why did it take 10 years???

    • http://yahoo lived a little

      All I can say to that is WOW!

  • rg

    Joe Paterno is dead. We shouldn’t make any assumptions. He’s not here to defend himself.

    • http://yahoo lived a little


  • http://whatever ronnie head

    Clinton did not know the definition of sex. Joe was just a coach.

  • Robert Barron

    I don’t think Joe was the entire reason they changed their minds. I doubt Paterno excused what was happening, although he was probably trying to prevent damage to his program.

  • elvis singleton

    it seems that 2+1, does not equal 3 in this case. many sport guys care less about the activity of the coaches and “others”, than they do about the kids their involving, its time to end this sports grip- remove the sports, the possibility of infraction, is removed, either that or make all sport other than the olympics, redundant, end the physical contact sport until, its no longer seen as an avenue to attract kids to sports programs, lets us work on intellect 1st, then if the kids have time for sports, let it be under supervised inspection, end the days of the “sports god”, its another false god that many seem to pray to.

  • marilyn

    of course it was Paterno’s idea,,,,he is DEAD and cannnot defend himself. The higher ups at Penn State seem to me,are trying to do ANYTHING to keep the heat off themselves. Threfore,they are playing the “dead”man card.

  • andy

    Fact is these guys could have acted and chose not to. Paterno didn’t act either, but that doesn’t absolve Curly, Spanier, and all of the others for one iota of blame in covering this up and letting a predator continue.

    Every singer person living or dead who knew what Sandusky was doing and didn’t stop it is guilty. Calling attention to the actions or inactions of others is no defense.

  • Cara

    Sandusky has been found guilty and all the rest is speculation and frankly quite judgemental towards Joe Paterno and the other PSU staff. The media as well as their journalists are just trying to keep this story going. They are making assumptions and placing scenarios of blame. Isn’t it a fact that the man who is responsible is facing his fate? What many of you do not realize is the legal system and process of reporting these child cases needs revision. It is very hard to get child abuse cases looked into as well as prosecuted-this being one. Think of how many years have passed to even get this one tried?

  • AJW

    Penn St / Sandusky / Paterno / Cover up etc, it is more than sad. For all of you following, read about another current alleged Monster whose alleged victim(s) have retaliated. Google Clark T. Fredericks, Fredon, NJ. If the facts come out as suspected, Clark and others need our help!!!

  • Scott

    Cara, get your head out of the sand. I assume you are a Penn State grad. You sound like all of the other Penn State grads – the faster you guys come to the realization that Paterno and the higher-ups at Penn State are just as guilty as Sandusky, you’ll be much happier.

    • Toni

      i so agree with you

  • http://yahoo Lonnie

    I think the issue is over. Justice has been served and it is time to
    move on to other matters more pressing. I am not even close to Penn
    State, but please don’t pick on someone who is gone. Enough is enough
    for God’s sake……….

  • Annon

    I think let Joe rest in peace! (And no, I am not a PSU grad and have no connections at all with the school or anyone at the school.)
    Even if Joe did suggest not bringing the situation out into the open (which I doubt) it was not his decision to make. There were several people above him in the ‘chain of command’ that made the final decision, if in fact there was a cover-up.
    I have long admired Joe Paterno and what he did for Penn State over the 50+ years he was an employee there should not be overlooked or belittled.
    The report was that Joe was told and he reported it to his superiors as having been told of the incident but not having witnessed it himself. That’s exactly what he should have done. Maybe he could have pushed a little harder for something to be done, however, keep in mind that he did not have first-hand knowledge of anything, only what he had been told. In a circumstance like that, I too would be very hesitant to push to ruin a man’s life when I had no personal knowledge of any wrong-doing.
    I am glad that Sandusky will burn in hell for all eternity though.

    • Mark

      Your an idiot. 50+ years of good? Hey Pal, anything good was wiped away the second we found out that football meant more to him than the lives of innocent children. Gee let’s show some respect for Hitler, he did so many good things for the Germans…not fair to judge him because of that “little Jew issue”…

  • Joe

    The man is dead. Even if he did cover up, what does anyone think talking about it will accomplish? You can’t take him to court and he can’t defend himself. Sandusky got his sentence. It’s over.

  • Jeff

    From what is presented in the article there is nothing to suggest that Paterno helped cover the mess up. The e-mail just says after talking to Joe which means nothing except what this reporter wants it to say. The man is dead leave it alone. Sandusky got what he deserved so the thing is over. I am not a Penn State person but the school has a lot to do to clean up its image that was stained from the very top. Typical media take something out of context and try to make it mean something. Maybe Joe did help cover it up but we may never know.

  • Toni

    How can yall say let it go, let him RIP….he knew those kids were getting molested and you say let it go!!!!! how would you like your kid to be molested so we can keep winning football games

  • AJW

    Joe, Annon,Lonnie, Scott etc:

    I hear your sentiments, but please take a look at the Clark Frederick’s case, in New Jersey. You will be reading only the tip of the iceberg. He needs America’s help. He is good.

  • charlotte mitchell

    They all knew but in this country sports rule and colleges make money.Paterno should not b made the scape goat the President of Penn probably knew.Hopefully this will wake people up ,from high school on.COACHES ARE NOT GOD.I am a sports fan but ak well aquainted with the politics of football.

  • http://yahoo Tom Heintz

    Have you noticed when the old farts get in BIG TROUBLE, they die – read Ken Lay and Joe Paterno. In Lay’s case he was going to prison. In Paterno’s there was clever damage control initially that seemed to indicate that he had done the right thing and notified the authorities about Sandusky’s activiies. RIGHT.

  • David

    It would be foolish to think that after Paterno helped report the shower incident that he never again had any conversation about it again with anyone. Of course there were discussions. In fact, he should have initiated them. But either way, I think he was fully aware of the decision to NOT report the incident, and in effect, to do nothing. How could he NOT be aware of it? He had been told of a incident that was sexual in nature and helped report it to some of the highest officials at PSU. And nothing was done. At best he walked away. At worst, he was instrumental in the decision to do nothing. The emails seem to show he had some input.

  • Ryan

    I think paterno had a lot more to do with everything than he previously said, but I don’t agree with the headline of “maybe it was his idea”. To me that’s just unprofessional.

  • Jo

    Funny how they are always willing to say things about someone who is no longer here and able to defend himself. Let him go. He’s gone. Attacking him now doesn’t do any good at all and we will never know what the real story is with his involement.I think the others are just trying to use him for their scapecoat because they can get away with it now.

    • fred

      All fn pigs…great blight on college town..f paterno too

    • fred

      Dude..paterno was a shit too..deal

  • jlensbo

    Coming from Penn State as a postdoc, I have developed a love for the school. What people don’t understand is that Penn State is not a school, it is a way of life. For all of those people that have gone there, they know what I mean. With that being said, I believe in justice, and believe those people that were subjugated to Sandusky should be given reperations. I hope I spelled all of that right. I might be a doctor, but I still can’t spell. Thank God for spell check. Any way, I think that all of the victums feel the same devotion to the school and would hate to see things said specutively about anyone. Please, let the investigation happen and I would ask the media to stop being attention whores and allow justice to take place. Let’s focus on something positive, like balancing the budget.

    • Mark

      Could you be any more full of yourself?

    • Mary

      Penn State is a college/university–it is NOT a way of life. Everyone who went to college loves their alma mater. Face it, Penn State is just an ordinary school with lots of criminal activity!

    • Ricardo

      I went to a junior college for two years for a degree in Respiratory Therapy…and it was not just a school either…those two years were a way of life…i received a two year degree in healthcare …and respiratory therapy has not been just a job..it’s been a way of life..early on..while working the 3-11 shift in my early twenties…many of us would get together after work and go partying a bit..as the place where i worked was very close to coconut Grove..and was blessed with many bar and grill type places…it was such a profound way of life..and sometimes..since many of the nurses were young and single…and i was young,single and straight..sex was a common occurrence…ah YES..it was a way of life….from 78′ to about 88′ that was a way of life….Jilensbo,you are so full of yourself..i may not be a doctor…but i will match my “way of life” during those ten years with your years at Penn State any time…i had real fun and real identity,MY OWN … I was not some Idol Worshipping dip,or Alma Mater minion.

  • barry

    e-mails, yes e-mails, come out now, nobody smart enough to ask for these before, no, a person is innocent until proven guilty, let’s consecrate a dead man, i still don’t believe McQueary, tell your dad 2 days after, bull****,the higher ups, shultz, spanier, curley, the ones supposed to running the university, should be behind bars. No one would 2 sh**’s if this happened at sandusky’s house only and not a major university.

  • Voice of the public

    Maybe you should hang up the journalism career and focus on one of your other many pursuits.

  • jpc

    once again football bigger then his c*ck……may they both burn in hell

  • RtReverend

    I don’t know what people expect given our society.

  • schak

    Hopefully Paterno is burning in hell.

  • Owen

    What is being done at PENN STATE to make sure this sort of thing will NOT happen again?

    RIP?? Repent In Prison is more appropriate.

  • Richard Myers

    I am a college football fan-Razorbacks-and will never place my love of sports before the welfare of our children. I think before we start casting aspersions at Mr Paterno, we need to see what is uncovered in any subsequent investigations. I hope that he is innocent of any wrongdoings in this tragic situation; if he is complicite, however, he should be no longer receive accolades or praise. We need to see what unfolds, before passing judgement.

    • Mark

      What do you mean what’s uncovered! It’s uncovered Pal! HE KNEW!!! What’s it take for some of you people? It’s unfolded you moron.

      • Richard Myers

        In that case, Mark, I’d say the entire sports program at Penn State needs to be shut down. Children have to mean more than sports…in this case, sports ruled and the children were brutalized…I see your point, Mark and you’re right. Allowing this football program to play another game is a slap in the face of decency…Thanks for your input…

  • johnny o

    I do not understand people at Penn State. It seems to me you claim all this school pride and looking down on people with comments about spell check and stating your Degrees and so forth, but what if it was your boy in the shower getting F _ _ _ in the Butt by some sick a _ _ hole. Would you yell go Penn State then. The more educated people become the more dumber they get. That’s a big problem here Hero worship

  • Mark

    PSU students, alumni and faculty, we don’t want to hear anything about how good your school is or was. If any of you are feeling anything other than the combination of profound sorrow for these victimized children and blind outrage at those (including and especially Paterno) God help you. You should all be amassing and demanding that his statue be torn down, his mural painted over and all things bearing his name removed.

  • http://webpronews-Yahoo Robin Zito

    Let’s think about the victims and how their lives were affected by the actions of an adult they trusted. An adult who was in a position of power and used that to gain sexual satisfaction from children/teenagers. He wreaked havoc on their lives. Let’s learn from this: SOME colleagues knew what had happened/was happening. They did not follow the proper channels to protect these children and as a result of that it continued and more children were preyed upon. What if it was YOUR child, your brother, or YOU? Think about it. When good men stand by in the face of evil and do nothing, they become part of the problem!

  • john

    the truth has come out: joe pa is scum. Penn state should receive the “death penalty” from the NCAA. they are an embarrassment to the big 10.

  • Col Bob

    Are the media types ever going to back off creating stories around this tragedy? Amanda’s diatribe is as full of speculation, innuendo, and illogical nonsense as the one I read earlier today by a sportswriter on Yahoo. I am a member of the media and I understand the difference between reporting, editorials, and fiction; you both obviously do not. These articles are an indecipherable embarassment of journalistic incompetence. As for all of you haters out there, get a life and stop speculating about Joe Paterno and his intentions, and no, I am not a Penn State alum. A man should be remembered for the totality of his life and Joe Paterno had much to be proud of. The man is dead for God’s sake; give it a rest!

    • Susan A

      Sorry, Col Bob, it doesn’t work that way, and as a journalist you should know that. He won lots of football games? Big fat deal. He let a friend of his rape young, defenseless boys. Had he come forward and done the right thing when he had the chance, THEN he would have something to be proud of. Instead he chose to protect a PEDOPHILE. Now that’s quite a legacy, indeed.

  • Jeff

    Who knew about this that was on the Board of Trustees? Spanier had a friend there and was obligated to let them know about this situation. Corporate culture comes from the top.

  • kl

    I bet someone can tie Jopa to the JFK conspiracy too…let the man rest in peace, he can’t defend his actions any longer.

    • mp

      KL — You’re a fucking idiot. This is hardly a conspiracy. “Jopa” obviously knew about this.. by his own admission it was reported to him. He was awful human being who allowed little boys to be raped in his facility. I hope there is a Hell, because that is surely where he is.

    • Susan A

      KL, one day, if not now, you’ll have children, and then you’ll understand the fear of something like this happening to yours. Let him rest in peace? Paterno will never have peace, alive or dead. His response was heinous and your lack of comprehension is astonishing.

  • Chad Jennings

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Joe Pa taught him how to “Sandusky”

  • Carlos

    Cara and Lonnie,

    The issue is not over, and justice has only been partially served. It will never be over for the kids who were abused. In some cases, abused kids go on to abuse other kids. Justice being served would mean that everyone who allowed this to continue is being punished. They aren’t. I’ve been so annoyed at all the Penn State alums who were quick to defend the institution and Joe Paterno without hearing all of the facts. In effect, they blamed the victims.For those of you that think he did enough, what if it was your kid that was in the shower with Sandusky time and time again? I guarantee that you wouldn’t think that justice was served by only one person going to prison. Any institution that willfully ignores this type of crime (whether it be the church or Penn State) has a problem. Saying “the issue is over” is one of the most naive things I’ve ever heard. The suffering continues. And each time people involved in these kinds of conspiracies go away unpunished, it leaves the door open for others to commit the same acts in the future without fear of retribution. Sandusky committed the acts, but the system (and supporters) allowed him to continue for years and years. How many kids could have been spared this abuse if someone had gone to the authorities? But, it wasn’t their kid, so they did the minimum.

    • Jerry

      Carlos you are correct, this crime against children isn’t over yet.
      Graham Spanier, vice president, Gary Schultz, and athletic director Tim Curley need to be brought to trial and tried with crimes in allowing Sandusky to continue to abuse children when these men knew that he had at least down it once.
      And Spanier, Schultz and Curley need to be punished for allowing Sandusky keys to all of Penn State’s sports facilities so Sandusky could continue to commit crimes against children.
      I hope all the vicitms sue Penn State out of existence.
      What were the Alumni and students who came to Joe’s defense thinkng and what are they thinking about Paterno now? Do they realize that Old Joe was part of a crime cover up? Any mention of Joe Paterno’s name will be meet with negative comments about Joe not taking action to stop children from being abused by Sandusky!

  • Bill

    Just the facts mam. Joe and three plus others at Penn state and the shower witness had knowledge of the event. There was no or little followup. For this, the kids now adults and lawyers are going to get a big payday, about 100 million total from Penn state.

  • Cara

    Actually, I am not a Penn State graduate; I am a teacher of 25+ years who has reported suspected child abuse to my principal as well as to Children’s Services in my state. So, I have acted responsibly on behalf of my students and wondered if some of my students were helped? The system doesn’t involve us much and most of you if you haven’t experienced this issue firsthand can voice your opinions loudly and in some cases unkindly without really understanding; that is why I say change the system. I hope those of you using unkind words towards the late Joe Paterno can focus your energy into some kind of action that is positive and make a difference.

    • Jerry

      Cara you need to be praised and applauded for your action as a teacher in reporting “suspected” to your supervisor, principle and to Children’s Services. I’m sure by your brave actions; officials looked into your suspicious of abuse and if abuse was going on action were taken against the perpetrator. If no abuse was taking place, then no further action by officials was necessary. But you absolutely did the right thing by reporting suspected abuse.
      Joe Paterno should have acted like you did and insured that “suspected” abuse was reported to the correct officials and not stopped until some action was taken. But Joe didn’t and now it looks like he covered up for Sandusky’s crimes. And Joe wasn’t the only one that was doing the covering up but so was Graham Spanier, vice president, Gary Schultz, and athletic director Tim Curley.
      But Joe Paterno knew abuse was going on at his facility because he was told by Mike McQueary directly. And Joe knew Sandusky had keys to Penn States sport facilities yet he looked the other way.
      If Joe Paterno was truly a leader, he would have reported the abuse and then followed up to insure the correct action was being taken against Sandusky. But sadly Joe kept quiet and more and more children were abused by Sandusky at Penn States sport facilities.
      Joe was guilty because if he had taken the action that you have taken, we wouldn’t be writing comments on this subject. And if Joe reported Sandusky’s crime to the police and Children’s Services, Joe’s legacy would still be intact and people would have respected him more for doing the right thing in reporting child abuse by his friend Jerry Sandusky.
      And Cara Bravo to you for doing the difficult action in reporting suspected abuse when you see it! It’s not always easy to do the right thing.

    • Jenna

      Cara – You and Joe are every different. You suspecting abuse from home and reporting it to the principal is different than reporting your own coach. After you report, you ahve no idea what is going on at home….if that parent, relative, neighbor, etc has been removed from the situation or not. You’ve done all you can do. In Joe’s case, he knew that his coach had not been removed from the situation. So in that case there was a need to question again and follow up on the report.

  • Mary Porter

    And this is news?

    • http://yahoo.com tom

      yes this is news because joe pa let a child rapist keep raping children and what if your child was one of them or you ? what more important a child being raped or football ? so when that child get’s older and can’t deal with it and goes crazy by doing something like drink or take drugs or sleep with every one or even get’s a gun and kills some one you’ll say why ? why is this news ? because this is what happens when you rape a child over and over again ?

      • Jerry

        Tom you are absolutely right in your comment.
        Old Joe Pa let a child rapist keep raping children at his facility even when Jerry Sandusky wasn’t even employed by Penn State.
        Joe knew what Sandusky was doing to those children because Joe was told directly by Mike McQueary what he saw Sandusky doing to children in the shower.
        Joe Paterno has turned out to be despicable individual and I don’t care how many football games he won for Penn State, his name needs to be erased from all Penn State documents, buildings, statues, trophies!
        Joe took the easy way out by suddenly dying because he knew he couldn’t have faced all the abused children by Sandusky in a court of law. And Joe would have had to face all the fans who looked up to him as a leader but now his faithful fans wound now the truth that Old Joe was a criminal who was covering up a terrible crime by his friend Jerry Sandusky and Penn State Officals.

  • http://kkekev@yahoo.com Dash S. Wilson

    Penn State should be held responsible for covering up for allowing kids to be abused on campus. Shame on Penn State. They need to pay big time money to those kids.

    • Jeremy

      1:5 boys get taken down by an adult male. It’s big in the Catholic church. A lot of older Irish/Scottish men are homo. Just check the craigslist.org……where there’s one there’s many. Altar boys are running…..

  • Sean E.

    Not to get off topic, but did you read that Joe Paterno did not use e-mail? So, these e-mails were not received by him as were mentioned in this article. So, the cover-up being his idea is not realistic. And I am reading from some of your other responsed that you are going to say I am a Penn State grad-not so either-that seems to be an assumption too. Sure, the victims will get what they deserve-reimbursement from PSU-no one can argue that!

    • Kip Rittenhouse

      The article never says Paterno received the e-mails. What it does allude to is the fact that Curley and Schultz were initally prepared to speak with the authorities, but Curley changed his mind after a meeting with Paterno and recommended speaking with Sandusky directly instead.
      While there is sure to be more information released before this is all said and done, right now the picture being painted is that Paterno convinced Curley, who then convinced the others, to keep the allegations in-house.

  • easy A

    Finally a decently-written article. Yes it is going to be a questionable legacy for Joe Paterno, but I do think this is clear: Joe Paterno was responsible for hiring Tim Curley, and Tim Curley went back prior to that many years as a Paterno fanboy. When he says he’s “uncomfortable” to continue with the “plan” after talking to Joe Paterno, it’s clear to me that Joe said one thing to the media and public about the issue being in Curley’s capable hands, but he personally put the kaibosh on Curley taking action. Curley admits that Joe had this effect on him. Joe may have not told him to put the kaibosh, but it doesn’t matter… Curley was owned by Joe and as a result, Penn State knowingly allowed children to shower with adults touching their bodies.

  • Test

    Are there any e-mails where they talk about the KID?

  • Loyd

    Pffft…Been saying this myself for months now.

  • Jerry

    Joe Paterno timed his exit from this earth just in the nick of time. Old Joe would have to face all the child victims abused by his dear friend Jerry Sandusky, the same Jerry that had keys to Penn State’s football facilities like dressing rooms and showers. What would Old Joe say to all the abused children? I’m sorry children I didn’t do more in hind sight. But I’m the mighty Joe Paterno the same Joe Paterno who is treated like a God at Penn State by dumb students and faculty. They have dedicated statues to me and they have used my words to put on the sides of buildings. And my name is on many football trophies because I’m Joe Paterno so don’t forget that.
    But now that Penn State has fired me for not doing the right thing to stop the abuse of children by my good friend Jerry Sandusky, blame is being directed at me so my best defense is to act like a feeble, old man that doesn’t know anything about this scandal. Yeah, I’m very old and my memory is very poor so I’ll just act dumb when the authorities or the news media ask me any questions about the scandal. 6

    • jay

      couldn’t agree more and lets not forget the rest of the CRIMINAL staff, GRAHAM SPANIER then university president and GARY SCHULTZ, vice president who have yet to see their day in court for corroborating in the coverup that led to God only knows how many other children being molested.

      instead of an outcry from the Paterno family for the victims today’s headlines read how the “family decries over the leaks of the emails” pinning the coverup on him and the university. rather than defending their hero, the students should be tearing down his statues and plaques like those of Sadam Hussein just as he has torn down their school!

    • Willard

      Jerry, Your comment is the best I’ve read yet.

    • Elizabeth


    • Being Frank

      Reply to Jerry

      You make some good points – except Sandusky WAS NOT Joe’s dear friend!

  • JoAnne

    I believe it’s pathetic the way some individuals look at this. Paterno is deceased so lets just move on. He’s not alive so we can just leave him up on that pedestal and not hold him accountable for his part in the cover-up. Oh, and the young men will get lots of money and we will just pretend nothing ever happened. Isn’t that what happened in the first place? A lot of adults turned their backs on a number of high-risk underprivileged boys. All the money in the world isn’t going to make this story right or give children back their innocence that were sexually abused by Sandusky. Perhaps we could all agree that the law needs to be tougher in the future on any school official that believes the reputation of school sports is more important than protecting the most vulnerable–our children from predators.

    • lived a little

      No we cannot nor should we turn a blind eye to this so people like you can feel a little better about it!

      • commonsense


    • http://webpronewsviaYahoolink mark

      joAnne,, amen

    • jay

      perhaps you would feel differently if that pedestal were shoved your kid’s ass in a shower someday. how many more coverups have to take place before like minded idiots, who are more concerned about their school pride than an innocent child’s life, see the light? you and your hero disgust me!

      • Jessica

        Apparently, a lot of you people on this site have a tough time reading. JoAnn was saying he SHOULD be held accountable, and was saying that it’s wrong for people to act like he should be vindicated just because he’s dead/had the sports status that he did. Reread the post.

  • JD

    I loved it when it came out..Joe Pa from his driveway..”I think we should all just pray for these young people”( meaning the victims)..they didn’t need prayers Joe they needed help and you were the one who could have afforded that help and put a stop to it..But to protect a friends pedophilia and your own legacy- you tried to sweep it under the carpet. Face it The guy had more power and influence than anyone in the State of Pa- maybe even the governor.That’s whack and this is the kind of stuff that happens when good men fail to face evil…

    • Elizabeth

      so very very right

  • you sucks

    go to hell joe p. sandusky will follow you soon. kill that bitch in prison

  • you sucks

    so sad

  • sandusky hater

    sandusky has one miserable life ahead.. I hope he ets f’ed everyday in the ars by Bruno the gay she/man.
    Joe P – its not his fault…period…so what if he looked away…
    the world and media and our f’ed up juducial system makes one think about getting involved.
    They would have sold Joe down the river no matter what.
    cut off sanduskys weiner, sew it to his forehead or nose.
    until they come up with the eye for an eye punishment there will be no stopping the molesters.

    • commonsense

      I agree. If you see wrong, act on it immediately. Slamming the locker room door didn’t get the beast off that kid. And trying to cover it up only shows what hypocrites they all are. But now the Reaper has taken his harvest. RIP Joe Pa, and a long and now muddy legacy. Repent or Rot J. Sandusky along with the evil deeds you have committed. Let it be a lesson to all no matter how wealthy or high in stature that what was done to these boys is not tolerable in our society.

  • creon

    The entire “Joe Pa” mystique and legend is nothing more than an advertising brand. If Paterno or McQuery had any integrity, much less the “manly” virtues football heroes supposedly show, McQuery would have physically wrenched Sandusky off of that kid in the shower and Paterno would have used his influence and reputation to end the abuse of any kid irrespective of what may have been “humane” to his buddy. Neither came through when they were needed most. It takes character to stand up for what is right. The legend and mystique of the “Joe Pa” era is based upon alleged character and integrity of a great football coach. May his legacy remain just as long and prominent as that of The Second Mile.

  • sandusky hater

    I onl hope sandusky lives a very long life now.
    a good long miserable hell …
    put him , madoff, manson in same cell

  • sandusky hater

    Amanda Crum …speculation in this article..
    rumors and no facts
    put her with sandusky

    • Elizabeth

      If you know how to add 1+1 and are able to tie your own shoes then any rational person can figure out that Joe Paterno could have stopped this and chose not to…just common sense folks.The no longer “revered one” had the power, the status, all the tools to do something and if had one ounce of integrity he would have done the right thing. The rest of this group of pathetic human beings probably always did was Joe wanted…any moron can figure this out

      • http://Yahoo Brehwound

        If you think for One minute that Paterno could have stopped this you are more Nave than most. Colleges are big business and stuff like this is way over the coaches head.

        • jim

          You would be naive if you think JoePa didn’t have the power to stop this. He built Penn State and controlled the athletic deptartment from one end to the other. period.

          • lin

            I also believe that Joe had to know what went on in the locker room and made the choice to cover it up for the sake of thefootball program. A mistake that ended his career and ultimatley his life.

            It is also very tough for Joe/PS fans to accept this fact. I personally no no one that sides with Joe over all the abused kids. It’s very sad.

  • Frank

    People are totally forgetting what was at stake here. The whole reason people go to college is for the sports program. These situations needed to be kept quiet for the good of the team. You can’t allow outsiders to rip apart a winning season, nothing can stand in it’s way. The kids just needed to take a shower and walk it off. Sports are the most important thing in life, more important than the live of any single person. So if a few eggs have to be broken in order for the coaches to do their best work for the sake of sports, this is all that really matters. Everyone knows a kid in a wheel chair who has suffered from being in sports, but they come to each game and are treated nicely by everyone, reminding how brave they were to give their all for their school. So what if you can’t walk any longer, it was for the team. So what if a few kids couldn’t handle being touched by a coach, they had no business being in a sports program. They need to get him out of jail, and return to the college to head-up the sports program to keep it going. Anyone who can’t play sports is a loser. Anyone who doesn’t like sports is a loser. Anyone who can’t handle be controlled by a coach shouldn’t have been there to begin with. It’s the price of admission, and the rewards to us all, to humanity is that sports will continue. So what if a few girls on campus get rapped by some of the players, that get caught, they should be honored they were noticed by the jocks. I know when I go to a car lot to buy a used car, I look for the ex-sports jock from college to do my dealings with because they will win for me, push the sale past the goal, line and fight. Fight, fight, fight, fight, fight, fight. Yes, they will, fight, fight, FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT!!!

    • http://rdwade.2700@yahoo.com Becky

      Frank, you are a moron. Sandusky raped and abused young boys. This has nothing to do with sports. He was an evil, cowardly man committing evil acts against young children. This situation has nothing to do with sports, except that he used that as bait to prey on the innocent. I’ll pray for you, Frank, because you’re going to need all the help you can get going through life believing that the abused were at fault.

      • Zoink

        Becky: See definition number 2.

        sar·casm   [sahr-kaz-uhm] Show IPA
        harsh or bitter derision or irony.
        a sharply ironical taunt; sneering or cutting remark: a review full of sarcasms.

        • Steve

          Religious people don’t understand sarcasm.

    • FrankHater

      Frank? whoever you are you are a sick nasty human being who will rot in hell for those things you’ve said. you think any type of “victory” or football game is more important than the innocence of a child? you must have been raped as a kid and been made to believe you were loved and special for it?? those kids won’t ever be “right” again and it’s people like you that make this world a sick place. i hope someone who knows you see’s that comment you left and whoops you’re fucking ass

    • Chelsea

      How did you go from sports to buying a used car? What does that have to do with these victims? You think the boys who were raped by Sandusky to take a shower and walk it off? Wow sick. I will pray for you. I hope these young victims get justice!

      • commonsense

        He was being SARCASTIC!

    • mr s

      you are just the kind of pervert that needs to be in jail with sandusky- you think sports are more important than a person being subjected to sexual violation and a lifetime of shame and confusion. If it were you or someone like your son or daughter, you would have a different opinion. I feel sorry for you. And as for your comments on sports and losers, you are the biggest loser, and always will be. Not everyone can play sports, and not every one needs to, as it seems that the sports life just leads to sodomizing little boys. You effin pervert freak!!!!!!

    • Tom

      You are a very misguided human (if I can call you that) if you are really serious about what you wrote. You are a sad tribute to society and even a more sad example of a Penn Stater (if you are a Penn Stater). If you have any friends, I wouldn’t want to meet them. This is coming from a person (me) who has been through the Penn State Football program. You are sad, sad and more sad. Maybe you are just trying to get responses from people; I hope so. A book could be written about your pathetic

      • Jessica

        I’m certain he is not serious with his post. It’s called sarcasm.

    • Ayanna

      Frank, you are right on the money. Becky’s weak and feeble mind can not grasp the fact that the reason it was not reported was for the sake of the program and the reputation of ” The winnings coach ever”. If sandusky had been a regular Joe on the street or even in the stands, the act would have been reported without discussion or emailing back and forth on how to handle in a “Humane and Reasonable manor”.

    • tsant

      Frank.. just admit it.. you are a child molester yourself huh? hope you dont have any kids…

    • Terry

      That is a very funny and well written bit of sarcasm. It amazes me on all the people that thought you were serious. Truly, this is why so many people that vote maybe shouldn’t. There were some founding fathers that believed only land owner should vote. I with they were more influential back then and maybe the democrated party wouldn’t exist to buy the votes of the ignorant.

  • Joe Blow

    You are a hack, and that’s being nice. I guess it would pay to have a viable subject to a story, that the actual story backs up. Oh, and it also pays to not steal others work and stick your name on it. Clearly that’s the only way you got through school… HACK!

  • Person of interest

    “All it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”
    Problem is, I can’t find one good man in this quagmire.

    • david

      Blame it on who you want. Evaid responsibility. The dead man is to blame. The living are to blame. Put some more in jail/prison and you may begin to give children some basic human rights.

  • janice grinstead

    The key words in this e-mail to be found out and acessed later down the road……the dark shall come to light

  • jim hull

    “MAY HAVE BEEN…? You reputation ” ASSASSINS,” should be ashamed. any sensational headlines to make a buck. “NEVER SPEAK ILL OF THE DEAD,” especially without proof.

    • What

      You’re talking about the forced rape of underage boys, by someone you would hope you could trust. The death of Paterno doesn’t change the facts.

  • http://yahoo.com US lass1

    I saw Joe Paterno in an interview and he said he never heard of a man raping a man or boy. He said he did not know how that could be done. Really? He was that sheltered? A Football coach of a College team never heard of a man raping a man? No one ever told the coach dirty jokes? WOW !

    • What

      Sandusky should take the life of the person who raped his adopted son.

  • Philo99

    Joe Pa is in Hell now. He will get exactly what he deserves there.

  • http://yahoo bryan

    on a unrelated topic, can we simply keep women out of sports before every sport is now ruined and every warrior now has to wear pink uniforms and seat belts and have airbags installed in their helmets, WTF, the only reason that people are enamored with certain sports is that truely one can actually be taken off the field in a body bag. quit trying to imasculate the american male, and please don’t give me any women reporters, as if we really take them seriously, except for Pam Oliver that is,

    • Jessica

      You, sir, are a class A jerk.

      FYI, it’s “emasculated”

  • http://electedface.com Patrick Shane

    Well guess what? Joe Paterno is dead. How about we shift focus to the real question that NOBODY is asking. What about Tom Corbett??

    As Attorney General, Tom Corbett received over $647,000 in campaign contributions from members of the Second Mile Foundation, while only assigning one investigator to the case.

    Meanwhile, at the same time, he assigned 14 investigators to Bill Deweese, who spent more than 5 years trying to get him.

    It is difficult to believe these campaign contributions did not improperly influence his decision to not file charges against Jerry Sandusky.

    The state police trooper who initially handled the Clinton County case against Jerry Sandusky believed there was enough evidence from a teenage boy — now known as Victim One– to charge Sandusky with indecent assault.

  • Price

    First of all the story states that there were emails, as in plural, not just one email, which is all they mentioned.
    Secondly, we know Joe reported it to his superior.
    That’s all legally he has to do.
    From a moral standpoint, yes, as he said, he could have done more, but an email where they discussed it with Joe only shows that they went to Joe to get his opinion.
    We have no way of knowing if they suggested going directly to Sandusky to Joe or not. If they did, and Joe though that Jerry may confess then again, Joe did no wrong.
    If Joe finds out that Jerry denied it then Joe is only to assume that his superiors would take it further after that.
    What this article doesn’t realie is that Joe Paterno was not Law Enforcement.
    He could only do what he could do, which is what he did.
    Report it to his superior, which was Curley. Curley then went to his superiors and they are the idiots who attempted to pass the buck back down the chain.
    Once Joe sees nothing has happend he assumes that it was handled and unfounded.

  • Rudy

    Did it ever occur to you that Joe Paterno may have wanted to confront Sandusky to find out if there was any validity to the accusations before he went to the authorities? How the hell would that occur to you.Certainly you had no problem dragging Paternos name through the mud on limited bits of emails and information. I think I have read your articles before didnt you do that story about the Holocaust being faked? That is some nifty spin doctoring. I think Fox news is hiring. You hack.

    • John Capaletti

      P.S.U.= PERV State University…

  • Proudmom72

    It comes down to this, Joe Paterno didn’t want Penn State football tarnished while he was there. IF Joe Paterno would have been thinking about the children Sandusky was molesting, he could have saved a lot of heartache and pain. How would he had felt if Sandusky would have molested one of his grandchildren. Paterno knew his friend was a PERVERT and turned a blind eye for football. GUILT killed Paterno!!!!

  • Ricardo Kim

    It seems easy for the ones involved personally with Paterno or Penn State to brush aside his involvement in the scandal. There is too much sentiment and collaterals in place. But if you’re like me, hundreds of miles away, couldn’t care less about Penn State’s reputation and its football program and all the good it purportedly brought to the community, the verdict on Paterno will depend on how much he knew, and if he knew enough, and enough is not so much, he is guilty. Apparently, investigators came up with more than enough evidence that he was pretty aware of the whole child molestation problem. I think somehow he rushed to die so he wouldn’t face prison…feel sorry for his family; having to try to defend the indefensible.

    • Jeff

      Hey Ricardo, I’m 30 miles from Penn State,. What the heck where you saying about Penn State Football program? Didn’t know they had one. Paterno knew more than what people said. He just didn’t know who to start at quarter back last year. But he was called a leader? I hope they tear down the statute. The new coach made a decsion who to start a quaterback already. As far as I was concerned the officials should take Paterno off the list’s of coach of the year. Was he donating money or buying his job? Any state funded university should not be allowed to accept the millions he donated as an employee. I Dupont wasn’t allowed to donate tv’s to the prisonors oin Camp Hill correctional facility because of ethics of unduinfluence.

  • redsox679

    seems to me its easy to place blame on a dead man..he wasnt the one fondling boys in the shower.. And now Penn state has offered to open their checkbook to pay the victims, hoping they won’t take the university to court? To try and save their reputation, all i can say is Penn State will never get decent recruits for sports with this mess over their heads.

  • Jeff

    I wonder what the people who rioted, have to say now? Was the charges worth rioting for? Didn’t a few of them receive felonies? Can they file suit? because Joe trapped their emotions? 2 national championships in 45 years? Priceless. Rioting. millions of dollars. A man who didn’t stop the abuse when he claims he witnessed it? Cowardness. 3 national championships in less time like other coaches have
    really priceless. Go Alabama,OSU and Florida Gators.

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  • Luke Easter

    Joe Paterno, Icon or Moron?

    A person who is notably stupid or lacking in good judgment, (Informal),
    By no means stupid but lacking good judgment isn’t this Coach Paterno?
    However, before you decide whether or not this moniker for Joe is real,
    Make yourself aware of Joe’s sweetheart self negotiated retirement deal.

    Very clear that Penn State & its legendary football program new along,
    About the abuse of children regarding Jerry Sandusky and it was wrong,
    From as early as 1998 factual allegations were still ignored nevertheless,
    After all, athletics brought in tens of millions and Joe Pa did it the best.

    National Championships, Big Ten Titles, radio, TV, endorsement deals,
    What about the little boys? Ah, those physical scars will eventually heal,
    Exact same for emotional trauma because time heals wounds & after all,
    Were not the kids afforded first hand interaction with Penn State Football?

    School President, Athletic Director, Head Coach & the Chief of Security,
    Nowhere in the job descriptions was it recommended to, strive for purity,
    As it is with all Division I Schools, the bottom line is the almighty dollar,
    In that quest for the spotlight who cared if children screamed & hollered?

    The investigation & Louis Freeh Report showed with no reasonable doubt,
    Every one that could have but did not, simply whimpered instead of shout,
    Jerry’s, “Second Mile Charity” was nothing more than a breeding ground,
    For child abuse and rumors are surfacing that he even passed them around.

    1886, “Liberty has made her home, nor shall her chosen altar be neglected,”
    President Grover Cleveland on the, “Statute of Liberty” it is well respected,
    On behalf of the United States, “We will not forget” he proudly proclaimed,
    Wonder if any Penn State Official bothered to even know the victims names?

    The statue of Joe Paterno on campus shall not be removed; it is a big mistake,
    Especially as the ex-Federal Judge & FBI Head report confirms Joe is a fake,
    Everyone involved who could have made a difference has proven to be a liar,
    All this time I thought the purpose of a college degree was to take you higher.