UNIVERSITY PARK, PA - NOVEMBER 08: Penn State University head football coach Joe Paterno leaves the team's football building on November 8, 2011 in University Park, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Joe Paterno allegedly knew about an earlier abuse claim against Jerry Sandusky


The Jerry Sandusky scandal rocked both Penn State and the entire college football world and former Nittany Lions head coach Joe Paterno's legacy was affected a great deal. There has been a great deal of discussion about whether Paterno knew about Sandusky's pattern of behavior and, now, a report from CNN indicates that he might have.

CNN cites a Pennsylvania state police report that illustrates an account from Mike McQueary, who was the primary whistleblower in the case. The report then indicates that Paterno told McQueary that, upon hearing his account of deplorable behavior from Sandusky, it "was the second complaint of this nature he had received."

In addition, the report cites this exchange between McQueary and Paterno:

"Paterno, upon hearing the news, sat back in his chair with a dejected look on his face," the report states, adding that McQueary "said Paterno's eyes appeared to well up with tears."
"Then he made the comment to McQueary this was the second complaint of this nature he had received about Sandusky," the report states, citing McQueary's recollection.
Paterno and McQueary had "no discussion of the previous complaint at that time or any other time," the report states.
This is, of course, a terrible look for Paterno, who still has plenty of fans and defenders at this juncture. This is potentially damning evidence and, while Paterno passed away in 2012, his reputation hinges on whether he knew about the awful behavior that occurred from Sandusky.