Paterno Family Issues Statement

The family of the late Joe Paterno has issued a statement in reaction to the removal of the statue honoring the former Penn State football coach. The statement read in part: “Tearing down the statue of Joe Paterno does not serve the victims of Jerry Sandusky’s horrible crimes or help heal the Penn State Community. We believe the only way to help the victims is to uncover the full truth.”

The full statement reads:

“Tearing down the statue of Joe Paterno does not serve the victims of Jerry Sandusky’s horrible crimes or help heal the Penn State Community. We believe the only way to help the victims is to uncover the full truth. The Freeh report, though it has been accepted by the media as the definitive conclusion on the Sandusky scandal, is the equivalent of an indictment – a charging document written by a prosecutor – and an incomplete and unofficial one at that.

“To those who truly want to know the truth about Sandusky, it should matter that Joe Paterno has never had a hearing; that his legal counsel has never been able to interview key witnesses, all of whom are represented by lawyers and therefore unavailable; that there has never been an opportunity to review critical evidence which has not been made public; that selective evidence and the opinion of Mr Freeh is treated as the equivalent of a fair trial. Despite this obviously flawed and one-sided presentation, the University believes it must acquiesce and accept that Joe Paterno has been given a fair and complete hearing. We think the better course would have been for the University to take a strong stand in support of due process so that the complete truth can be uncovered.

“It is not the University’s responsibility to defend or protect Joe Paterno. But they at least should have acknowledged that important legal cases are still pending and that the record on Joe Paterno, the Board and other key players is far from complete.”

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M.Krupa on 7/22/2012 @ 12:31pm EDT Said:

I wonder as to what would happen if they renamed the stadium to ” Joe Pa. ” After all, he was a great football coach.

Marc V. Mulay on 7/26/2012 @ 7:46am EDT Said:

Dear Paterno Family:

Please take a lesson from the “W” playbook.

He too went out in flames. History will decide his legacy— Not Cheyney- (kept yapping to the media)-whose act you’re inadvertently following, in parallel…by analogy.

Understandably, you are incapable of honest objectivity in the middle of this ____ storm. So too, are the mass of people in denial, who grew to love the ideals Mr. Paterno espoused, for many decades. Sadly, he too fell in love with his own legacy as well as the insurmountable business leverage it presented to an institution, ALL -to protect YOU- via disposition of his estate.

NO ONE in their right mind could fault that- particularly, as, in exchange for the moral superiority his refusal to whore-out for multi-million $$$ annual salaries- he got extended “tenure” and all the dotted-line power a man could want over a University. Nonetheless, to EVERYONE’S surprise and horror (ESPECIALLY his -from a hospital bed), in the end, WITH ONE INCONCEIVABLE MISTAKE IN JUDGEMENT, he managed to betray ALL the values and high idelas which came to be synonymous with the bigger-than-one-man ICON “JoePA” came to explode as.

His, is the Greek tragedy of Icarus. No more, no less. A modern warning/lesson to reinforce an ancient realization. Please manifest the dignity to express power through silence. Tens of millions of Americans beyond those central PA hills are nothing, if not disparaging of your continuously speaking out. Whatever you may say- they’ll “think you doth protest too much…” Think dignity. Spare the well-intentioned (but woefully ignorant ), “cult of personality” minions, any/all echoing repercussions from this monumental failure. Thank you.

mm B.S. Marketing PSU ’81 Laguna Hills, CA
Former US Naval Officer / Aviator
Husband and Father of Twins in their mid 20’s. …Watching.