New Documents: Joe Paterno Told About Sandusky In 1976, Did Nothing
Just to bring everyone up to speed, Penn State is currently in a legal battle with Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association Insurance Co. after the university paid settlements to numerous Jerry Sandusky victims and basically expected the insurance company to pick up the tab to the tune of millions of dollars without poking around.
It poked around.
Which we already know because back in May, court documents revealed Joe Paterno was allegedly informed about Sandusky’s actions as far back as 1976. And now a new batch of unsealed documents has rained even more shit down upon Paterno starting with a 2014 deposition given by Sandusky victim John Doe 150 – You read that number right. – in which he describes informing the Penn State coach of said molestation in 1976. He was 14 at the time. The Washington Post reports:
The victim, who was identified in court records as John Doe 150, said that while he was attending a football camp at Penn State, Sandusky touched him as he showered. Sandusky’s finger penetrated the boy’s rectum, Doe testified in court in 2014, and the victim asked to speak with Paterno about it. Doe testified that he specifically told Paterno that Sandusky had sexually assaulted him, and Paterno ignored it.
“Is it accurate that Coach Paterno quickly said to you, ‘I don’t want to hear about any of that kind of stuff, I have a football season to worry about?’” the man’s lawyer asked him in 2014.
“Specifically. Yes … I was shocked, disappointed, offended. I was insulted… I said, is that all you’re going to do? You’re not going to do anything else?”
Paterno, the man testified, just walked away.
Success with honor! On top of that, the new documents include a risk management expert’s report that claims Penn State had six chances to warn the insurance company about Sandusky and chose not to. And just so we’re clear, we’re not talking about a wobbly step in the stadium or not enough lights in the parking lot, we’re talking about child rape. Children were raped. And Penn State’s main concern was never telling anyone until it came time to get back all the money it paid to make sure no one told anyone, which is clearly going well for them. And the shitstorm is only brewing because a Mike McQueary deposition has also been made public where he claims both former assistant coaches Tom Bradley and Greg Schiano knew about Sandusky for decades. Via Deadspin:
Q: Did [Bradley] tell you that he had had information concerning Gerald Sandusky and children?
A: He said he knew of some things.
Q: And did he tell you what he knew of?
Q: What did he tell you?
A: He said another assistant coach had come to him in the early ‘90s about a very similar situation to mine, and he said that he had—someone had come to him as far back as early as the ‘80s about seeing Jerry Sandusky doing something with a boy.
Q: Did he identify who the other coaches were that had given him this information?
A: The one in the early ‘90s, yes.
Q: And who was that?
A: Greg Schiano.
Q: Greg Schiano?
Q: And did he give you any details about what Coach Schiano had reported to him?
A: No, only that he had—I can’t remember if it was one night or one morning, but that Greg had come into his office white as a ghost and said he just say Jerry doing something to a boy in the shower. And that’s it. That’s all he ever told me.
Q: Did he tell you what, if anything, he had done about that?
A: No, he didn’t share with me.
Joe Paterno’s legacy, ladies and gentlemen.