Penn State Emails Leaked; Looks Bad for Paterno

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Another stone was unfortunately turned over in the Jerry Sandusky/Penn State saga, and more shit was discovered under said stone. This time, Paterno’s legacy could take a Tyson-esque uppercut, or what’s left of it. CNN caught wind of a chain of emails between key members of the Penn State administration about how to handle the eye-witness account of Sandusky giving the business to a young boy in the locker room showers.

They implemented a three-part plan that involved contacting the authorities, real law enforcement authorities.

According to CNN in an email dated Feb. 26, 2001, Schultz wrote to Curley about a three-part plan that included talking “with the subject asap regarding the future appropriate use of the University facility,” … “contacting the chair of the charitable organization” and “contacting the Department of Welfare.”

One night of sleep is all it took for Athletic Director Tim Curley to backpedal on this plan. The next day he sent out the following:

“After giving it more thought and talking it over with Joe yesterday, I am uncomfortable with what we agreed were the next steps. I am having trouble with going to everyone but the person involved. I would be more comfortable meeting with the person and tell them about the information we received and tell them we are aware of the first situation,” Curley’s email said, according to CNN.

Don’t worry everyone, they made Sandusky “aware” they had knowledge of his actions in the shower. That’ll learn ‘em. The picture now becomes clearer for Joe Paterno’s involvement. His “I should’ve done more” line becomes shallow. From the email exchange, one could surmise that Joe actually talked Curley and the rest of the PSU administration OUT OF turning Sandusky over to law enforcement.

This story is disgusting. And now that Paterno has passed away, he won’t be able to answer for himself. His legacy is the only thing left to tear apart. For those clinging to anything they could to uphold the honorable image they once saw in Joe Paterno, it is time to let go.


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    Haze Em

    Paterno’s a piece of shit all he cared about was his football program. Hell if Sandusky murdered a kid I bet he’d try to cover it up. Burn that statue of him down now.

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    Old Crow

    More facts will come out, and the picture will continue to get clearer and clearer. Those who are intelligent will reserve judgment until all the facts are on the table, or else they run the risk of looking very foolish at the end of this, and will stand guilty of ruining a man’s legacy on speculation

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      Yeah, there are at least 7 more facts to come out. After 7 we should be good to judge. So only after ALL have come out. Lucky for us we figured out how many ALL the facts are: 7 more.

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  3. -1

    Joe Pa is dead, and sandusky is going to speand the rest of his miserable life having the train run o. Him in prison, so can we just let it go? Yes, it is a shit situation, and yes Paterno should have spoken out about it, but the man did some great things, and helped countless people. So just let it go, yeah?

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      Joe Paterno’s lack of speaking out just shows what a terrible person he was, to care more about the reputation of Penn State than anything else. There was at least one victim who came after Paterno knew, which could have been prevented if he had told the police or at least fired Sandusky.

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      ^ my point isn’t to the victims, or their family, it is to the Internet and the news cycle. Who is benefitting from this story? Not the victims, not their families, and not Penn state. Voyeuristic anonymous Internet trolls and the websites/programs that report on this story are the only benefactors.

      It is, however, detrimental to the school, the family members that survived Joe Paterno, the people that he did help in life, so in short: his legacy. But it isn’t hurting him. And it isn’t hurting Sandusky. He’ll it may even be keeping some victims and their families from moving forward.

      This isn’t even a Joe Pa-centric thing, this is true whenever the media gets ahold of an attention grabbing story. They hold on long past any relevance.

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  4. -1

    Penn State seriously needs to change their name. It’s their only way of detaching the university from Sandusky’s actions. You can dislike Paterno and the others all you want but in the end it’s Sandusky that committed the crime. There is no doubt that Paterno should have done more, but he wasn’t the one sexually assaulting children.

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