First Posted: 1/27/2013
I enjoyed the column about JoPa by Jack Smiles last Sunday and it made me angry why one quote is so often used.( I wish I had done more.) I would like to see someone write about his comments from the book by Joe Posnanski in which he states the following when Paterno asked what they are saying about him: When told they were saying that he knew what Sandusky had done and that he protected Sandusky instead of children Paterno said, ‘How could they think that? They really think that if I knew someone was hurting kids I wouldn’t stop it? Don’t they know me? Don’t they know what my life has been about?
The book is the only place I have seen that.
I guess since that may shed some positive light on him, Paterno haters don’t want to use it.
I admit I am biased when it comes to him but I find it hard to believe that he attempted to cover up anything. My firm belief is he told his bosses you guys handle this, I have a football team to worry about and he left it at that.
Was that the smart thing to do? In hindsight, no, but that’s the way he was, love or hate him.