A new bombshell dropped in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal Thursday.
It came in the form of a single line in a court order on a related insurance coverage case involving Penn State, and its full ramifications can’t immediately be gauged.
But that line was eye-popping in itself.
The line in question states that one of Penn State’s insurers has claimed “in 1976, a child allegedly reported to PSU’s Head Coach Joseph Paterno that he (the child) was sexually molested by Sandusky.”
The order also cites separate references in 1987 and 1988 in which unnamed assistant coaches witnessed inappropriate contact between Sandusky and unidentified children, and a 1988 case that was supposedly referred to Penn State’s athletic director at the time.
Naturally everyone on the Penn State side – there’s almost $60 million at stake in insurance proceeds, remember – as well as Paterno’s family is quick to caution that this pronouncement shouldn’t be taken at face value. And you know what? They have the luxury to do so because…
First, it’s unlikely that corroborating or disproving information about the allegation will surface. According to Penn Live, the record containing the deposition transcript is sealed. Also, the victim who made the allegation against Paterno has apparently reached a confidential settlement with Penn State. Odds are this victim will not make his identity known or ever talk about his claim about Paterno.
Well, that’s certainly convenient.
Throw in that Jerry Sandusky is getting his day in appellate court and it’s all just a reminder that there are no heroes in this mess, only shitheads, enablers and victims. I’ll leave you to decide who is what.