I differ on the level of responsibility when it comes to having knowledge of pedophilia. It was Paterno's shower. It was on Paterno's watch
Paterno was Penn State Sports IMO. I would have made sure that the proper authorities (The Police) had my 100% support in getting to the bottom of it
no matter what it took. Responsibility at Paterno's level is much higher. He was the face of a University for over 4 decades. He is synonymous with Penn State.
This is just my opinion. But if someone told me that a naked man and a boy were in my shower heads would roll. All the facts aren't in but the ones I have seen leaves him dropping the ball....Russ
Again: McQueary testifed under oath
to the grand jury that he was purposefully vague
with Paterno, out of deference to his age and generation. He said, "You don't talk about those things with Joe Paterno
Despite having the benefit of only
a highly sanitized version
of what had happened Coach Paterno told
his boss, the Director of Athletics and his boss' boss, the Vice President for Administration to investigate
. Both those individuals have now been indicted for perjury and obstruction of justice.
Technical "ranks" aside, as a practical matter, when the Coach told anyone
at PSU to do something, it was done. That privilege was earned
over a half-century of acts that led even his competitors to weep openly upon the news of his death; I'm sure that the Coach of all Coaches believed in his heart that was all he had to do to ensure a thorough, proper, legal investigation that would result in justice being done.
I have to return to McQueary
with two questions:
1) As you are a 6'5" 240# athlete in your physical prime, what prevented you from stopping whatever you witnessed a 60 something AARP member doing in that shower?
2) Failing that, why didn't you "grow some", get the sh*t out of your mouth, and tell the Coach exactly
what you witnessed, rather than - in your own sworn
words - be purposely vague
Frankly, I think the answer to #1 is physical cowaardice and the answer to #2 is moral and
physical cowardice as he knew that, had he been frank and honest with the Coach, the first words out of the Coach's mouth would have been an unsanitized version of question #1!
And that question, given Paterno's famous temper, would have been hard to face. For a coward it would have been impossible.
This whole sad affair would have had quite a different ending had McQueary simply told Coach Paterno: "I saw Sandusky (blanking) a 10 year old boy in the (blank)."
Frankly, I don't know what Paterno would have reached for first - the phone or a gun.
Time will tell this story properly. Even the jackals will know shame.