And There Goes Joe Paterno’s Legacy

If you’ve been following the Penn State/Jerry Sandusky over the past few days, you may have noticed Joe Paterno’s family basically losing it in the media over the Freeh Report, an investigation by former FBI director Louis Freeh into why Penn State dropped the ball on reporting Sandusky to authorities. So either Paterno’s family had inside information on what the report would contain even though nobody has read it until this morning when it was released to the public, or they were going on the emails leaked to CNN earlier in the month that indicated Joe Paterno had discussions with athletic director Tim Curley and Penn State president Graham Spanier about handling the situation “humanely” i.e. not calling the police and just telling Sandusky to take his kid raping elsewhere. Which probably explains how an opinion letter Paterno supposedly wrote to his players before his death was magically leaked to the press yesterday, but that’s nothing compared to the words the Paterno family is about to eat from their statement to the Patriot News on Tuesday:

Joe Paterno did not cover up for Jerry Sandusky. Joe Paterno did not know that Jerry Sandusky was a pedophile. Joe Paterno did not act in any way to prevent a proper investigation of Jerry Sandusky. To claim otherwise is a distortion of the truth.

So guess what the Freeh report found out? Joe Paterno knew about Jerry Sandusky molesting a child in 1998, three years before the Mike McQueary incident. Which makes that the SECOND known case of Joe Paterno finding out about child rape and looking the other way to protect Penn State. So here’s a link to the full 267 page Freeh report and below are some highlights from the press release that are pretty fucking damning:

What People Not Blinded By Hero Worship Could’ve Already Told You:
“Taking into account the available witness statements and evidence, it is more reasonable to conclude that, in order to avoid the consequences of bad publicity, the most powerful leaders at Penn State University – Messrs. Spanier, Schultz, Paterno and Curley – repeatedly concealed critical facts relating to Sandusky’s child abuse from the authorities, the Board of Trustees, Penn State community, and the public at large. Although concern to treat the child abuser humanely was expressly stated, no such sentiments were ever expressed by them for Sandusky’s victims.”

Joe Paterno Didn’t Want To Interrupt People’s Weekend By Reporting Child Rape:
“We also know that he delayed reporting Sandusky’s sexual conduct because Mr. Paterno did not “want to interfere” with people’s weekend. To his credit, Mr. Paterno stated on November 9, 2011, ‘With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more.'”

And The Nail In The Coffin
“The evidence shows that these four men also knew about a 1998 criminal investigation of Sandusky relating to suspected sexual misconduct with a young boy ina Penn State football locker room shower. Again, they showed no concern about that victim. The evidence shows that Mr. Paterno was made aware of the 1998 investigation of Sandusky, followed it closely, but failed to take any action, even though Sandusky had been a key member of his coaching staff for almost 30 years, and had an office juststeps away from Mr. Paterno’s. At the very least, Mr. Paterno could have alerted the entire football staff, in order to prevent Sandusky from bringing another child into the Lasch Building.”

The silence from Paterno apologists is pretty deafening right now, but I’m sure they’ll say something along the lines of him being dead and isn’t able to defend himself. Which is horseshit because up until he died, Joe Paterno continued to whitewash his actions, the guilt of which more than likely killed him. You would think an honorable, 10-feet-tall titan of American exceptionalism would’ve confessed on his deathbed and begged for forgiveness, but he was Catholic so just assume this happened:

JOE: Father, has my family left?
PRIEST: Yes, Joe. It’s just you and me now.
JOE: There’s something I need to confess, but first, how good are at you keeping child rape a secret?
PRIEST: God, you’re a dick.
JOE: Haha! Gotcha. But, seriously though, I knew about Jerry the whole time. *croaks*

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