Just when you thought you were out…


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.


Filed under Crime and Punishment, You Can't Put A Price Tag On Joe Paterno's Legacy

7 responses to “Just when you thought you were out…

  1. heyberto

    I just don’t have the words for this. Horrible.


  2. Go Dawgs!

    We Are! Disgusted.

    The biggest of the crimes committed up there are the assaults against the children. Only slightly less powerful crimes, though, are those still being committed today by the “Paterno people” in the fan base who continue their hagiography of Joe Pa and clamor to have the statue replaced and to have the man’s name put back in a bright light at Penn State. We’ll likely never see this one line of text corroborated, but it would certainly seem to fall in line with everything else we’ve already learned about the cases up there. When that receivers coach reported what he saw in that shower to Joe Pa, the man didn’t seem surprised. And yet, the people who can never accept that Paterno knew about the abuse will continue to worship the man because he made his players say yes sir and no sir and he won football games. They’ll continue to work against the football program because of the perceived injustices against Paterno’s name. The whole thing is so disfunctional up there that it’s almost enough to make me feel bad for James Franklin.

    I’m really, really glad that Bryan McClendon got us that win over those creeps.


  3. 69Dawg

    Living as I do in Florida, I am amazed at the level of denial exhibited by Penn St alumni and fans. They will literally fight you over this.


  4. Mike Cooley

    That next to last sentence is not only probably the best thing you’ve ever typed, Senator, but probably the most accurate portrayal of the Penn State nightmare.


  5. South FL Dawg

    I’m not surprised but…

    …this is a cautionary tale to fans everywhere. We fans hold our football teams so near to our hearts that we risk being blind/deaf to things that should transcend the game.


  6. Hardcoredawg 93

    What a bunch of shitheads in Happy Valley. Was almost sick to my stomach when they were throwing in the end zone to tie that crappy bowl game up.

    Can’t think of anything worse than an adult enabling a man to molest kids.