July 12th, 2012
08:21 PM ET

Jay Paterno: Father always sought truth, never covered up allegations

A damning report on Penn State's handling of allegations that Jerry Sandusky was a sexual predator was released today, disclosing that high-ranking officials at the university worked to cover up the scandal to protect the school's academic and athletic reputations.

The 267 page report, compiled by former FBI director Louis Freeh, alleges that in order to avoid "bad publicity," former President Graham Spanier, former Athletic Director Tim Curley, former Vice President Gary Schultz, and former Head Football Coach Joe Paterno "repeatedly concealed critical facts."

Joe Paterno consistently defended his actions, and right before his death in January he told the Washington Post that he did his part by informing his superiors and did not feel he was "adequate" to handle the situation.

His family continues to defend his legacy and insists he was always after the truth. Jay Paterno, son of the late coach, is OutFront tonight.

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  1. wayne-o

    Would everyone wtih the last name Paterno who lives anywhere near or in Happy Valley please stop talking and go away. The facts are indisputable Joe Pa was part of the hierarchy that suppressed this sordid affair in order to protect their cash cow and public perception.
    Children, innocent children were molested by a monster and there were significant indications in the late 90's this occurred and no one did anything.
    Just stop already. The comments stating Joe Pa's good deeds should be remembered, please. This one incident wipes out a life time of positives.
    See if the affected children and families fwwl like giving Joe credit for anything except maybe a lifetime of heart ache.
    More like Horror Valley.

    July 14, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Reply

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