I understand that Paterno thinks he needs to fight to redeem his legacy, but I don’t think he does himself any favors when he says stuff like this:
“I didn’t know exactly how to handle it and I was afraid to do something that might jeopardize what the university procedure was,” he said.
We are evidently supposed to believe that the most powerful man at a major public university, a man who was used to dictating what he wanted and getting his way, suddenly was uncertain and deferential. Sorry, but that doesn’t pass the smell test for me.
And the question that remains is how timid his response would have been if the incident had involved a Paterno family member as victim. Somehow I doubt JoePa would have been wracked with the same doubts.