It goes without saying the reaction to the Jerry Sandusky verdict has been swift and come from all corners of the country, including Penn State itself as well as the governor of the state of Pennsylvania.
The latest to offer up their reaction to Sandusky, who was found guilty Friday night on 45 counts related to the sexual abuse of nearly a dozen boys over the past decade and a half, is acting Nittany Lions athletic director Dave Joyner.
In his statement, Joyner expressed hope that the guilty verdict will grant some measure of peace to the victims as well as allow the university to begin the process of regaining the public’s trust.
“Our thoughts this week, and for the last eight months, have been with the victims of Jerry Sandusky’s abuse, whose courage has resulted in yesterday’s judgment. It is our responsibility to the victims and to every individual our University impacts to move forward under the highest mantle of integrity. The trust of our community has been broken, but Penn State Athletics will move forward to regain that trust, with student athletes serving as the role models we expect them to be, and coaches living by example.
“Our hope is that this verdict grants peace to the victims and their families and allows them to move forward in their recovery process.”
Joyner assumed his current position after then-AD Tim Curley was charged with perjury and failure to report in connection to the Sandusky case.