Skip to comments.Paterno Speaks, But We Still Lack Answers
Posted on 01/15/2012 6:40:40 AM PST by Scoutmaster
On Saturday, The Washington Post published Joe Paterno's first interview since the Jerry Sandusky scandal broke in November. Those who were hoping for solid answers on how Penn State could have harbored an alleged child sex-abuser under Paterno's watch probably came away disappointed.
In the interview with Sally Jenkins, Paterno sounded many of the same themes we have heard from his issued public statements and from his sons: that he reported what he knew about Sandusky to his superiors and that he was unaware of his longtime assistant's alleged abuse until Mike McQueary brought forth an allegation about Sandusky in the shower with a boy in 2002.
The story paints Paterno as being in much worse physical condition than when we last saw him in public, the day before his firing Nov. 9. Since then, it has been revealed that the winningest coach in Division I history is dealing with lung cancer. Jenkins writes that Paterno is using a wheelchair, is wearing a wig because of chemotherapy treatments and labors to speak. He has experienced fogginess from the chemo and has had trouble eating. Paterno finished the interview Friday and was admitted to the hospital later that day for further observation.
Paterno seems aware that time might be running out for him, but he hopes he has enough time left to restore his tarnished legacy.
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“No, I don’t think Joe Paterno had the power to kick anyone off the campus. Why would any school give that power to a football coach? “
There was once an administrator JoePa didn’t like at all.
He was so ticked at her that he went to Spanier and threatened he would stop fundraising for the school if she wasn’t fired.
Joe’s “inability” and “ability” to exert influence - or not - seems to come and go with the wind.
Paterno is evil. He looked the other way while young boys were being raped. he was told about those rapes and failed to report it to the police. Everyone involved somehow beleived it wasn't their problem and no one took responsibility. To equate this with Clarence Thomas is ridiculous, but telling, in that apparently no amount of rationalising is too much.
No, I’m simply smart enough and independent-minded enough not to join in witch hunts. You are a herd animal. The herd walks in one direction, and you follow. The herd bellows for something, and you open your mouth and bellow. If you find yourself falsely accused someday, you may come to regret that so many people are herd animals. If you ever ruin someone’s life over false accusations, I’d wish that you had the conscience to feel guilt, but I’m guessing that you don’t. As long as the herd approved at the time, you probably feel justified.