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Joe Paterno’s Widow To Sit Down With Katie Couric

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Joe Paterno’s widow, Sue, has largely kept out of the public eye since the Penn State scandal–and subsequent arrest/conviction of Jerry Sandusky–last year. But that’s all set to change; the woman who was married to the now-disgraced football coach for fifty years has agreed to an in-depth interview with Katie Couric.

Paterno was largely viewed for years as an icon at the university and proudly carried the title of one of the nation’s winningest football coaches. But when an investigation was launched against the school after allegations of child sex abuse, Paterno was eventually fired on the grounds that he stood idly by as the abuse took place. He died just two months later, and the man accused of the crimes, Jerry Sandusky, would be a free man for several more months before a jury found him guilty of 45 counts of sexual abuse against ten boys.

While Paterno may not have harmed the children himself, many claims were made that he was told about the abuse after an employee of the college saw Sandusky touching a boy in the shower and didn’t do enough to stop it. His widow and family have protested that Paterno did everything that was expected of him in that situation and still maintain his innocence, but after Sandusky was found guilty, the former coach was stripped of 111 of the team’s wins and a statue in his likeness was taken down from the grounds of Penn State.

The interview will premiere on “Katie” on February 11th.

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Joe Paterno’s Widow To Sit Down With Katie Couric
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  • KASEY

    HE DID WHAT WAS “EXPECTED” OF HIM…. WOW……I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO SAY ABOUT THAT??.. YES, I DO…. HOW ABOUT HE GOES” ABOVE AND BEYOND” THE CALL OF DUTY AND MAKE SURE THAT THE RIGHT PEOPLE, KNEW ALL ABOUT THIS SICK-O AND WHAT HE WAS DOING TO THESE KIDS???? HOW ABOUT THAT???? SO, I GUESS HE FELT, THAT HE DID WHAT HE WAS SUPPOSE TO…. WHAT A GRAND GUY….I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT HE KNEW EVEN MORE THAN HE SAID AND KNEW ALOT LONGER, THAN ANYONE ELSE DID… AND YET, HE DID HIS JOB….. AND WHO SUFFERED ALL OF THOSE YEARS??.. THE KIDS AND NO ONE ELSE…. AND NOW THEY ALL HAVE SUFFERED NEEDLESSLY THEN AND NOW FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES, BC HE DID HIS JOB…. I HOPE HE’S ABLE TO R.I.P., NOT…. I HOPE HE DOESN’T HAVE A MOMMENT OF PEACE, I HOPE HE IS TURNING IN HIS GRAVE, AT ALL TIMES!!!! BC THOSE KIDS WILL NOT HAVE A MOMENT OF PEACE, FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES, THEY HAVE TO FIND A WAY TO GO ON WITH THEIR LIVES, THE BEST THAT THEY CAN… THEY ARE THE ONES THAT WILL PAY THE PRICE, FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES, BC HE DID HIS JOB…. UNBELIEVABLE… THIS COMES FROM SOMEONE WHO KNOWS HOW IT FEELS, I TO SUFFERED THOUGH MANY YEARS OF THE SAME THING AND EVERY ADULT AROUND ME KNEW THIS AND WAS ALSO CONTACTED BY CHILDREN’S SERVICES…. THEY ALL CHOOSE NOT TO TELL, SO NOTHING WAS EVER DONE ABOUT THIS AND I WAS THE ONE, MADE TO LIVE LIKE THAT, NO PROTECTION FROM THIS MONSTER…. I WASN’T SAFE IN MY OWN HOME, BECAUSE NO ONE WANTED TO CAUSE TROUBLE…AGAIN, WHO PAID THE PRICE???? THAT’S RIGHT, ME.. NO ONE ELSE…. AND I HAVE ALL OF THE ADULTS AROUND ME TO THANK….BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T WANT TO CAUSE ANY TROUBLE…. WELL, THANKS FOR DOING YOUR JOB, WE WOULDN’T WANT FOR YOU TO GO ABOVE AND BEYOND THE SCOPE OF YOUR JOB….. THANKS FOR ALL YOUR HELP, IT MEANT SO MUCH, TO KNOW HOW MUCH I MATTERED TO SOMEONE…. I WISH ALL OF THE KIDS (VICTIMS) THE VERY BEST IN LIFE AND I HOPE THAT ALL OF THEM CAN FIND SOME WAY OF GOING ON AND HAVING SOME KIND OF A GREAT LIFE, IN SPITE OF WHAT HAPPENED TO ALL OF THEM…. YOU MATTER, NO MATTER WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO YOU…. ALWAYS BELIEVE THAT!!!! SINCERELY FROM SOMEONE WHO KNOWS…. TAKE CARE….

    P.S. THE KIDS MIGHT WANT TO THINK ABOUT GOING AFTER BOTH OF THESE COACHES AND THEIR MILLIONS…. IT ISN’T GOING TO KILL THEM TO GIVE UP A FEW MILLION, SO WHY NOT MAKE YOUR LIFE ALITTLE EASIER??!! AND MAYBE ALITTLE HAPPIER??!! GO FOR IT, YOU DESERVE IT….JUST A THOUGHT!!!!

  • alirose

    I can’t wait to watch the interview. I believe there was much more to this than trying to pin all of it on Joe Paterno. Many people who never followed anything about Penn State were so ready to jump on this band wagon all of a sudden. It would take to much time to list all of the unbelievable things this man did for youth and the college. To strip him of everything he ever did and stood for was unthinkable. My heart does go out to the victims of Jerry Sandusky and anyone who ever suffered anything like this. My only question is that this happened so long ago, why didn’t any of the parents go public with this long before this. I’m sure there had to be some signs that something was wrong with their children.

  • Justthefacts

    A really bad idea… won’t change anyone’s mind, just dredge up the horror/hate. Katie doesn’t get a pass on this one.

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