Report: New Evidence Shows Joe Paterno Allegedly Was Told Of Sandusky Child Abuse in 1976
So Joe Paterno, the kindly Saint JoePa who ran the Penn State football program for 45 years until just prior to his death in 2012, has another smoking gun resting at his doorstep. And as long as Penn State tries to recover money from lawsuits connected to former assistant Jerry Sandusky, JoePa will have more.
According to court records released today, one of Penn State's insurers reports that a child came forward in 1976 claiming that Sandusky sexually abused him. Paterno by the time had been head coach for 10 years, and allegedly was told about the allegation. This isn;'t just some off the rails accusation -- they've testified to it in court. There are records to prove it.
In June 2012, Sandusky, 68, was convicted on 45 counts of child sexual abuse and sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison. He's now appealing the conviction. PennLive:
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."
The order also cites separate references in 1987 and 1988 in which unnamed assistant coaches witnessed inappropriate contact between Sandusky and unidentified children, and a 1988 case that was supposedly referred to Penn State's athletic director at the time.
Paterno said in 2012 that he had no idea that any of this was going on, even infamously claiming that he didn't know "two males could do that." Yeah, OK.
But the coach has legions of supporters and apologists, even after death. Many want his statue on campus reinstated (it was torn down in 2013).
But I'll never understand the slavish devotion to the memory of Joe Paterno, and I never will. The No. 1 threat to the United States isn't terrorists, or global warming, or even Trump. It's our zealous idolatry of college football coaches, and the programs they represent.
Fans and alumni who support Paterno are sure that they're right, and won't be swayed (I'm looking at you, Franco Harris). Even this latest revelation won't cause them to budge. You can call it jury nullification (ignoring facts due to deep identification with the subject), but it's more than that.
It's the Dunning–Kruger effect -- in which people suffer illusory superiority, mistakenly believing that their beliefs are beyond question, even when proven false. The bias was first observed by David Dunning and Justin Kruger of Cornell University in 1999 (story via to NPR).
True story example: a man robs a bank, but he's not wearing a mask, so police eventually identify and capture him. While being questioned, the man is told that he's been identified on the bank's video system. "No I haven't," he replied. "It wasn't me." The cops show the man the video. He is stunned.
"But ... but I was juiced," he stammers. "How am I visible?"
The man had been under the total belief that if you spread lemon juice over your face, your features could not be seen by video cameras. He was so positive of this belief, that he strolled into a bank to rob it. He was sure. Nothing could convince him otherwise, until confronted with actual visual proof.
I suppose the effect also explains Obama birthers, 911 truthers and members of the Flat Earth Society. And people who worship college football coaches not as men, but as gods.
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