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Penn State’s Joe Paterno’s name is tarnished more in insurance report

Posted by Betonline team on 5/11/2016 3:25:16 AM
Penn State’s Joe Paterno’s name is tarnished more in insurance report

Let’s throw in the huge disclaimer “if” before moving on.

But if former Penn State coach Joe Paterno knew of child molestation acts of former coordinator Jerry Sandusky way back in 1976 as an insurance company locked in a legal battle with the school claims, then all of his records should be removed.

It is as if the man never existed. If he knew how could he provide safe sanctuary for a man who committed one of the worst crimes in sports history and who now sits in jail at age 72 serving 30-60 years of jail time? How could the late Paterno allow other boys to come near the program and suffer the same fate as those before them?

It is a terrible set of crimes and Paterno’s legacy should suffer more “If.”

In a $60 million lawsuit between Penn State and Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association Insurance Company, the insurance company claims Sandusky’s sexual acts were reported to Paterno as far back as 1976. But the coach did nothing about it.

In 1987 an assistant coach alleged he saw an inappropriate sexual act. In 1988, another case may have been brought up to the Penn State Athletic Director. Yet Sandusky was allowed to stay and ruin young boys’ lives.

The school knew enough to pay off the victims.

The Paterno family says none of the charges are true, which has been its stance from day one while trying to protect the legacy of a man people affectionately called “JoPa.

“An allegation now about an alleged event 40 years ago, as represented by a single line in a court document regarding an insurance, with no corroborating evidence, does not change the facts,” the family’s attorney wrote to PennLive.com. “Joe Paterno did not, at any time, cover up conduct by Jerry Sandusky.”

Coaches always claimed they knew everything that went on in their program. They were on top of players and coaches. It was a recruiting tool to make families feel comfortable with sending their boys to schools.

But there were other unwritten rules. What went on behind closed doors stayed there. There are probably crimes in major football programs we will never know about.

Paterno finally said something in 2001 when an assistant coach saw Sandusky showering with a young boy. The coach told Paterno, who in turn called his AD Tim Curley to say something sexual happened in the football building.

But Sandusky would not face charges for another decade.

There is a raging debate if Paterno’s legacy has been ruined enough. His statue has been removed at the school although there are defenders that want it back in public view. But does he deserve that if this was allowed to continue for four decades under his watch?

The answer is no. If.

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