The flood gates have opened again in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. After the latest report that Joe Paterno knew of Jerry Sandusky’s child sex abuse as early as the 1970’s, Joe’s son, Scott, came rushing to his pop’s defense and called the new allegations “bunk.” This, of course, is not a shock, nor is the reaction of many Penn Staters [though, not all of them]. But, as the old saying goes, when it rains, it pours.
There are some more huge developments in this story. CNN is reporting that a Jerry Sandusky victim stated that Joe Paterno told him to drop the sexual assault allegations. If true, this could eliminate any credibility Paterno had as a legend, and is quite simply an even bigger scumbag than I could’ve ever imagined.
CNN interviewed a man they call “Victim A” for their story. That name is used in keeping with the way that authorities labeled the Sandusky accusers. He was just 15 in 1971 when he says Sandusky raped him. He stated last year that he would’ve been willing to confront Paterno in court, however Paterno had passed away shortly after stepping down as the university’s football coach. In this CNN report, “Victim A” states he was on the phone with two men from Penn State after his foster father made him call them when he told him he’d been raped. Here’s his story:
He found himself on the phone with two men from Penn State. “I tell them what happened — well, I couldn’t get it out of me that I was — I can’t even tell it to this day. It’s just degrading — that I was raped,” he said. “I told the story up to a certain point. I told them that he grabbed me and that I got the hell out of there.” He insisted that he “made it very clear” it was a sexual attack. “I made it clear there were things done to me that I just can’t believe could have been done to me and I couldn’t escape. I said, ‘I’m very upset and scared and I couldn’t believe I let my guard down.’ They listened to me. And then all hell broke loose. “They were asking me my motive, why I would say this about someone who has done so many good things.” They accused him of making it up. “‘Stop this right now! We’ll call the authorities,'” he said they told him. Victim A says he couldn’t think. “I just wanted to get off the phone.” The men on the phone had introduced themselves as Jim and Joe, he said. He had no idea who Jim was, and can’t, to this day, say for sure. “There was no question in my mind who Joe was,” he said. “I’ve heard that voice a million times. It was Joe Paterno.’
I urge you to read the full story from “Victim A” here.
As if that news wasn’t bad enough, last night, NBC news reported that as many as six Penn State assistants witnessed Sandusky’s “inappropriate behavior” with boys.
EXCLUSIVE: As many as 6 former Penn State coaches witnessed "inappropriate behavior" between Sandusky and boys: https://t.co/6ZFjbsClR8
— Tom Winter (@Tom_Winter) May 6, 2016
The report states that “it is unclear if any of the men reported what they saw to higher-ups at Penn State before the sex-abuse scandal erupted in 2011.” This information comes from court documents and sources with knowledge of legal proceedings.
Sources told NBC News that one former Penn State assistant coach witnessed an incident in the late 1970s. Three other coaches, who have gone on to work in the NFL and at Division I colleges, allegedly saw inappropriate conduct between Sandusky and boys in the early and mid-1990s. “You won’t believe what I just saw,” one of those three coaches blurted out after bursting into a room filled with Penn State football staff, according to sources who spoke to a person who was in that room.”
Penn State University released the following statement yesterday regarding the latest allegations:
In a court opinion issued yesterday (May 5) by Judge Gary Glazer related to a lawsuit between Penn State and an insurance provider, testimony was released about allegations that former Penn State Coach Joe Paterno was aware of incidents of sexual abuse by Jerry Sandusky in 1976. Media organizations have been reporting on the contents of the court documents and the University is issuing the following statement in response to these recent events. We note the court’s opinion states the alleged incidents are based upon the deposition testimony of persons who claim to have been victims of Jerry Sandusky. We note these are allegations, and not established fact. The university has no records from the time to help evaluate the claims. More importantly, Coach Paterno is not here to defend himself. Penn State does not intend to comment further, out of concern for privacy, and due to the strict confidentiality commitments that govern our various settlement agreements.”
This story continues to get more and more nauseating and that’s really difficult to do. The kool-aid drinkers will continue to defend Joe Paterno and the school because it’s football over everything to many [again, not all] up in Happy Valley. [Editor’s note: Hey, Scott Paterno’s reasoning for “bunking” PennLive.com’s report yesterday was why would his father protect a football coach that nobody knows?] They will continue to say that we need to let Paterno just rest in peace already, but, honestly, screw that. The victims can’t live in peace, so this story shouldn’t just go away. Everyone involved in Sandusky’s child sex abuse cover-up should be exposed. There are plenty of guilty parties still roaming around and they should be exposed for the sick, twisted, scumbags that they are.