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[Updated w Paterno "Statement"] Penn State's "Difference Makers"

I am not going to link up the grand jury report because I am sure you all can find it at this point. What struck me is the following points made by Paul Campos at Lawyers, Guns & Money after PSU grad assistant saw with his own eyes what was happening at PSU facilities (emphasis added):

McQueary called his father, who told him he needed to tell Paterno about what he had seen. McQueary telephoned Paterno the next morning (Saturday) and visited him at his home. Paterno testified that McQueary seemed "very upset," and that the next day (Sunday), Paterno called PSU athletic director Tim Curley to his home, and, according to Paterno's grand jury testimony, told Curley that McQueary reported seeing Sandusky "fondling or doing something of a sexual nature to a young boy" in the football locker room showers.

Ten days later McQueary was called to a meeting with PSU Athletic Director Tim Curley and Senior Vice President for Finance Gary Schultz. McQueary testified that at this meeting he told these men that he had witnessed what he believed was Jerry Sandusky having anal sex with a young boy in the football locker room showers. Curley and Schultz told him they would look into it. Two weeks later, Curley told McQueary that Sandusky's keys to the locker room had been taken away, and that the incident had been reported to The Second Mile, Sandusky's charitable foundation for troubled young boys.

And that, apparently, is the last that Mike McQueary ever heard about the matter. (As a commenter points out, it seems no one at PSU, either at the time or in the years since, ever bothered to try to find out who the boy Sandusky was raping was, or what happened to him).

Now here is the detail that, among all the details in the Grand Jury's extensive depiction of the morally depraved behavior of Sandusky, Curley, Schultz, Paterno, PSU president Graham Spanier, and McQueary, is perhaps the most shocking: Five years after this, in the spring of 2007, Sandusky was attending PSU football practices with his latest rape victim: a 12-year-old boy who he had met through a Second Mile camp conducted at PSU, and who he was in the process of, among other things, orally sodomizing.

At this point, McQueary was no longer a graduate assistant, as he had been promoted to an administrative assistant position on the football staff a few months after his meetings with Paterno, Curley and Schultz, and was made a full-fledged assistant coach the following year. So Mike McQueary and Joe Paterno were at the PSU football practices to which Jerry Sandusky was showing up with his latest child rape victim in tow. They saw him, there, with his latest victim. They could not have had any doubt, at that point, about what they were seeing.

Certain (pitifully inadequate) excuses can be are being proffered for Paterno's behavior, then and now: he's an old confused man, coming from a generation of men who were so intensely repressed about these sorts of matters that he didn't really understand the gravity of what McQueary had told him, and after all he hadn't actually seen Sandusky raping a ten-year-old boy. Etc.    

As you can see from my fanshot it appears that Paterno is trying to "hang on" and "retire" at the end of the season. That is not good enough. This man no longer has the credentials to be anywhere near student athletes. I understand that we should be judging a man based on his "body of work" through his entire life and Paterno has done many great things. But there is no defense for this.

I am saddened for PSU and their fans, but what supersedes that is how revolting this is as a parent and thinking about the victims who have suffered through years of monstrous abuses and no one did anything to protect them. Disgusting.

UPDATE (N): Here is the statement from Paterno today:

That's why I have decided to announce my retirement effective at the end of this season. At this moment the Board of Trustees should not spend a single minute discussing my status. They have far more important matters to address. I want to make this as easy for them as I possibly can. This is a tragedy. It is one of the great sorrows of my life. With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more.

My goals now are to keep my commitments to my players and staff and finish the season with dignity and determination. And then I will spend the rest of my life doing everything I can to help this University.    

Mr. Paterno, the dignity was gone when you and the enablers around you decided to look the other way, years ago.

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of BruinsNation's (BN) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of BN's editors.</em>

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