Joe Paterno Muzzled At Press Conference
President of Penn State, Graham Spanier, muzzled the Hall of Fame and legendary football coach Joe Paterno, today. Mr. Spanier's office canceled the weekly press conference because of the allegations of sexual abuse of children and former defensive assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky. The allegations date back 15-years ago and are alleged to have in part occurred on the campus of Penn State.
The alleged cover-up of the incident over the same time period has led to the “resignations” of two esteemed members of the University: athletic director, Tim Curley, and senior vice president in charge of oversight of the university police, Gary Schultz. The latter two men face charges of perjury and failure to notify police about abuse complaints.
Linda Kelly, State Attorney General, said, “Their inaction likely allowed a child predator to continue to victimize children for many, many years.”
Although Paterno does not face charges in this case, he is probably the most important witness in the allegations against his two former colleagues.
Lingering questions remain in the public media about the standing of Sandusky at Penn State: Why was he still allowed an office there on campus, if he was prevented from bringing children onto the campus by a signed ban from President Spanier.