As mentioned in the Morning Mashup earlier, a new bombshell dropped on the Jerry Sandusky/Penn State football child sexual abuse scandal. And if you’re one of the few remaining holdouts that believe in Joe Paterno’s sainthood, you’ll want to hold off on trying to put his statue back up.
According to PennLive.com, a single line appeared Thursday in a court order on a related insurance coverage case involving the lawsuits against the school. And that line does the impossible; it makes Paterno’s enabling seem much, much worse:
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.”
“There is no evidence that reports of these incidents ever went further up the chain of command at PSU,” Judge Gary Glazer wrote.
To review: The least of the allegations against Sandusky claimed the abuse began around 1998. To this point, the worst were that it started in 1987. Now we’ve got a legal document containing testimony, taken under the pains and penalties of perjury, that not only was Sandusky molesting boys 40 years ago, but that Paterno knew about it that far back.
In other words, this court filing is saying Paterno first heard that his assistant was raping the bodies, minds and souls of children when he was 50 years old. When he was of sound mind and body. With all of his faculties. Not as the doddering, out-of-touch, coaching-on-autopilot, statue-worthy legend at the end of his days. He coached another 35 years after keeping this report to himself. Through hundreds more games than we thought and two national championships. He ignored the victim, took part in the coverup and enabled this monster to continue through all those future victims simply because the guy could coach linebackers with the best of them.
I’ve assumed before now that JoePa is in hell. Now I’m hoping he’s there and getting the Sandusky treatment. Meaning I hope Satan will be teaching him how to shower for eternity.
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