Mike Krzyzewski Defends Joe Paterno, Implies Age is a Factor

With all that has gone on regarding the Penn State scandal, I must admit I’m a little surprised that more people haven’t pulled out the “poor old man” card for Joe Paterno.  The American public has a tendency to view senior citizens as children at times.  Despite the fact that the Jerry Sandusky scandal has allegedly been ongoing for years, it came to light at a time when Paterno is an 84-year-old man.  Paterno’s age is undoubtedly a factor in earning him sympathy from certain people, and with the way Mike Krzyzewski spoke about the situation you might think he is one of them.

“Well, I think, unless you’re there, it’s tough to comment about everything,’’ Krzyzewski said according to the New York Times. “I just feel badly for him and whatever he is responsible for, it’ll come out and hopefully it’ll come out from him.

“I think one thing you have to understand is that Coach Paterno’s 84 years old. I’m not saying that for an excuse or whatever. The cultures that he’s been involved in both football-wise and socially, have been immense changes and how social issues are handled in those generations are quite different.

“But as we judge, remember that there’s just a lot there. There’s a lot, lot there. I think he’s a great man and it’s a horrific situation.”

Coach K may insist he’s not using Paterno’s age as an excuse, but he brought it up for a reason. We aren’t talking about smoking cigarettes. This is child molestation. How has culture changed in the last 30 years regarding how issues of child molestation are handled?  If at any point age limited Paterno from doing his job properly — not just coaching football — then it was his responsibility to retire.  The fact that he is 84 is completely irrelevant.  At this point it’s tough to see JoePa as a “great man” considering he allowed a “horrific situation” to develop under his watch.

H/T to Deadspin for passing the story along.

Video: Jerry Sandusky Stumped on Sexually Attracted to Young Boys Question

If it takes you almost 20 seconds to answer if you’re sexually attracted to young boys, then the answer is yes. Yes, Jerry Sandusky, you’re sexually attracted to young boys. You know how we know? (aside from the 23 page grand jury presentment) Because that’s a question that doesn’t require any thinking. That’s just a reflexive answer.

Host: LB, Are you sexually attracted to young boys?

Me: Hell no.

Boom. Done. 1-second answer. No thought, no pondering, nothing. Simple answer.

Now it’s 100% confirmed that we have a pedophile on our hands. And you think his sleazebucket lawyer doesn’t know it? Who didn’t see him swallow a big gulp as he heard his client bumbling his way through that question. Wow.

Ex-Second Mile Camper: Jerry Sandusky Would Keep His Hand on My Leg for Entire 30-Minute Car Drive

Keeping your hand on a young boy’s leg for an entire 25-30 minute car drive? Totally normal behavior, right? For Jerry Sandusky it was.

According to statements published in the grand jury presentment, former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky typically placed his hand on the leg of a boy riding in the front seat of a car with him. Given that such contact is unwanted, the number of sexual assault victims of Sandusky could easily be in the hundreds.

One former Second Mile camper, who attended the camp from ages 11-14, tells Anderson Cooper that Sandusky would drive with his hand on the young boy’s leg for entire 25-30 minute car rides.

“Anytime riding in a vehicle with him [he would put his hand on my leg],” former camper Troy Craig says. “I can remember clearly the first time that I got into the car, in the passenger seat, we were alone in the car. I mean I’m there with him for two seconds before the doors closed and his hand is on my left thigh and it stays there, and stays there the entire car ride, and from my place to campus is about 25 to 30 minutes.”

Craig says Sandusky wouldn’t draw any attention to the hand.

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Ex-Penn State Assistant: Joe Paterno Knows Everything; Jerry Sandusky Was Always Grabbing the Players

A former Penn State graduate assistant has made claims that question Joe Paterno’s role in the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal, and he says Sandusky’s behavior towards players was sketchy.

Matt Paknis was a graduate assistant on the Nittany Lions football staff in 1987 and 1988. He says Jerry Sandusky exhibited questionable behavior towards the players back then.

“He was always grabbing the players,” Paknis says. “He would get in their space, lean up right against them. I’d also been taught you don’t touch anyone unless you are teaching a technique. Boundaries were clearly an issue. It made me feel awkward, the way he would grab or pinch them.”

Paknis believes former head coach Joe Paterno knew of Sandusky’s behavior prior to the defensive coordinator’s retirement in 1999.

“Joe knows everything,” he says.

Paknis then appeared on Mike Francesa’s show on WFAN on Tuesday, and reiterated more of the same points. The entire interview can be heard here and is worth listening to, but here is some of what Paknis told Francesa.

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Joe Amendola, Sandusky’s Lawyer, Reportedly Impregnated a Teenager

What kind of man could defend an alleged pedophile? Maybe one who has also been intimate with a youth.

The New York Post shares a report that says Joe Amendola, Jerry Sandusky’s lawyer, impregnated a teenager around 1996 or 1997.

Amendola reportedly was the attorney for Mary Iavasile when she filed for emancipation before turning 17. Iavasile’s mother reportedly told The Daily that’s around the time Mary became pregnant with the first of two chilren she had with Amendola.

Amendola and Iavasile married in 2003 but reportedly have split up.

The legal age of consent in Pennsylvania is 16, so although Amendola’s reported behavior was questionable, it was not illegal.

More on the Penn State Scandal:
Mike McQueary Says He Stopped Sodomy, Did the Right Thing
Video: Is Jerry Sandusky Sexually Attracted to Young Boys?
Ex-Penn State assistant coach: Joe Paterno knows everything
Why Did Campus Police Director Call Off ’98 Jerry Sandusky Investigation?
Barry Switzer: Penn State Coaches Had to Know About Jerry Sandusky

Jerry Sandusky: I’m Not a Pedophile, I’m Innocent

Jerry Sandusky has been charged with multiple counts of child sexual abuse, but he maintains his innocence. In an interview with Bob Costas for NBC News’ Rock Center, Sanusky reportedly defends himself and his actions towards young boys.

“I say that I am innocent of those charges,” said Sandusky in a phone interview with Costas.

When asked by Costas, “Are you a pedophile,” Sandusky responded “No.”

“I could say that I have done some of those things. I have horsed around with kids I have showered after workouts. I have hugged them and I have touched their legs without intent of sexual contact,” said Sandusky.

When pressed by Costas about what Sandusky was willing to concede that he’d done was wrong, Sandusky said, “I shouldn’t have showered with those kids.”

Sandusky’s attorney reportedly defended his client showering with children by saying “he is a jock…you take showers after you work out.”

It’s sickening that Sandusky is denying everything given how many alleged victims have come forward. Are all 20+ of them lying? Is Mike McQueary lying? Was the janitor in 2000 lying? How much more evidence do you need?

Telling the truth is one of the most important tenets of society. It’s unfortunate that we have so many people who will lie to protect themselves at any cost.

Read more of LBS’ coverage of the Penn State scandal.

Mike McQueary Reportedly Emails Former Teammates That He Did the Right Thing

Penn State wide receivers coach Mike McQueary, who allegedly witnessed Jerry Sandusky having anal sex with a young boy in Penn State showers in 2002, reportedly has told his former teammates that he did the right thing.

NBC news reporter Peter Alexander says McQueary emailed former teammates to say “I did the right thing … you guys know me … the truth is not out there fully… I didn’t just turn and run… I made sure it stopped… I had to make quick tough decisions.”

McQueary has been scrutinized by nearly everyone who has learned about this case for not immediately stopping the sex act in the shower when he witnessed it. He says he did stop it, and that the truth is not out there.

We have envisioned a context where McQueary’s actions, and seeming lack of outrage, make much more sense. Follow me on this one.

Most people who have heard and read about the situation believe that McQueary witnessed a young boy being sodomized in the shower by Sandusky. We at LBS even described it as an anal rape. People were outraged that McQueary did not break it up, knock out Sandusky, and call the police. Isn’t that what most people would do if they saw a young child being violated so inappropriately? But what if that’s not the full case.

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