Originally Posted by inthehole
Its tough on me based on my history with JoPa, going to the games my whole life, seeing him all the time ... he was a legend, but in the end, just an old man who based on one of his last interviews before he passed, simply seemed he didn't realize the extent of the crimes, which is why he didn't act as he should have. He was always so involved in helping kids - I have a VERY hard time believing it was his intention to cover this up if he actually knew what was happening to those kids. Therein lies the crux of the matter - if further evidence comes forward proving there's absolutely no question he knew exactly what was happening, I'll support removing his statue with everyone else ... until then, I think people just want vengeance and are dogpiling on JoPa with practically a blood lust.
It's pretty clear that Joe knew and covered it up according to the Freeh report. You cant tell me that the most powerful man on campus didnt know this was going on. If he didnt know then why did say that he want Sandusky treated humanely???
According to the 267-page Freeh report, Paterno lied -- to a grand jury, no less -- about his knowledge of a 1998 assault of a young boy (Victim 6) by longtime Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky in a football facility shower.
His lies and, worse yet, his silence from the time of that first reported assault in 1998 helped empower a sexual predator for the next 13 years. Paterno did nothing to stop Sandusky. He was, said former FBI director Louis Freeh, who wrote the report, "an integral part of this active decision to conceal."
Paterno despised weakness in his players, yet he was the one who took part in and, it can be reasonably argued, helped orchestrate a comprehensive cover-up by university president Graham Spanier, athletic director Tim Curley and school vice president Gary Schultz.
Sorry I trust this report way more than anything out of the mouths of anyone near that campus!