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Jay Paterno on Today Show: ‘We’ve never been afraid of the truth’

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We’re less than an hour away from the release of the Freeh investigation on Penn State’s actions related to former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.

The results are expected to be bad for PSU. How bad is not quite so clear. Whatever details emerge, though, Jay Paterno says he’s ready for them.

“We have never at any time been afraid of what people have had to say,” Paterno said on the Today Show. “But again, this investigation is just one opinion, it’s one piece of the puzzle. So we have to read it this morning just like everybody else at 9 o’clock and go from there.”

“Like I said, we’ve never been afraid of the truth. So let’s have the truth come out and go from there.”

Paterno added that he was one of several willing to speak with Freeh investigators.

“We were certainly more than willing, our attorneys were more than willing to talk to them and give them any information,” Paterno said. “We just wanted a thorough investigation … that’s all Joe wanted.”

We’ll find out soon enough if he got what he wanted.

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22 Responses to “Jay Paterno on Today Show: ‘We’ve never been afraid of the truth’”
  1. tuckfexas says: Jul 12, 2012 8:42 AM

    Pedobear Jr.

  2. makeham98 says: Jul 12, 2012 8:43 AM

    Cannot wait for these people to go away.

  3. jonanthans says: Jul 12, 2012 9:05 AM

    If you were never afraid of the truth, why didn’t the Paternos’ speak up earlier and help save some kids from this monster?

    Just shut up..

  4. mgmac says: Jul 12, 2012 9:17 AM

    jay & the paterno family – STFU you enablers

  5. blastfurnaceknows says: Jul 12, 2012 9:19 AM

    “Never been afraid of the truth.”

    I am so sick and tired of hearing this from the Paterno family! Joe Paterno was chieftain of the PSU tribe, who sought to protect all members of his tribe frequently at the expense of the truth. Assaults, theft, alcohol-related incidents – nope, not particularly interested in the “truth” of any of those – certainly not interested in proper punishment. And that was long before he elected to “callously” ignore (see the Freeh report for that “truth”) the Sandusky child rapes. But, sure, the “truth” was most important to him, not wins. Go on believing that, if you want, but it is bull and always has been.

    The truth is Jay Paterno would be nothing without his father and most PSU backers would even agree with that statement. There’s your truth, Jay.

  6. woebegong says: Jul 12, 2012 9:21 AM

    This story line needs to end. It has run the table as far as news worthy goes. It just gives a forum largely now, for some of the comments to be gross, laced with profanity, and just down right stupid. Once the full process is done, in other words, when it is all finalized, release it then. Until then, this whole story line is playing out like a bad soap opera.

  7. blastfurnaceknows says: Jul 12, 2012 9:21 AM

    Now go away and lead the anonymous life you otherwise would have led, but for your father’s name.

  8. iknowzeroaboutsports says: Jul 12, 2012 9:43 AM

    Straight from the report: “In order to avoid the consequences of bad publicity, the most powerful leaders at the university – Spanier, Schultz, Paterno and Curley – repeatedly concealed critical facts relating to Sandusky’s child abuse.” Paterno covered it up thereby gave harbor to a sex predator. About the worst thing you can do.

  9. florida727 says: Jul 12, 2012 9:50 AM

    Not afraid of the truth? 267 pages later, you might want to revise that thought, Jay.

  10. alligatorsnapper says: Jul 12, 2012 9:54 AM

    Well said. Persecutions in violating the laws of Pennsylvania as well as NCAA investigations following all these legal proceedings. Hoping for a quick resolution, but it will not be so. It certainly won’t be quick for the victims, since it hasn’t been quick since they first experienced abuse from Sandusky.

  11. 700levelvet says: Jul 12, 2012 10:31 AM

    Maybe if Sandusky would have molested one of your children Jay…….You wouldn’t turn such a blind eye……..What a screwed up, morally bankrupt family………..Christ

  12. dkhhuey says: Jul 12, 2012 10:38 AM

    F@#$ Jay Paterno and his entire family!!! You need to STFU and go away! Nobody cares what you or any member of your family thinks about the situation now! Your father knowingly covered up what Sandusky was doing and it enabled him to anally rape and molest children for over a decade!

  13. stoutfiles says: Jul 12, 2012 10:40 AM

    All they care baout is the fame and fortune of being a Paterno. They could care less what happened to those kids. It’s a disgrace he was even on the Today show.

  14. viceburgh says: Jul 12, 2012 10:45 AM

    No, Jay. An investigation that interviews over 400 people and reviews thousands upon thousands of documents is not merely an “opinion.” That your father failed to act in the face of knowledge that Jerry Sandusky was sexually abusing children is now a “fact.”

    Jay Paterno: “The earth revolving around the sun is just one opinion, it’s one piece of the puzzle.”

  15. mogogo1 says: Jul 12, 2012 10:45 AM

    For the JoePa defenders it has never been about the truth, justice, logic, compassion or anything but rationalizing and passing the buck. Early on when the details weren’t clear I can understand them defending Paterno. But the evidence is now overwhelming and there are STILL people covering for him.

    When they finally get around to taking down his statue at the stadium there will be a throng of total morons out there protesting it, claiming it’s all a smear campaign. Until the PSU community drives those nuts completely out of their ranks, they’ll continue to be tainted by this scandal.

  16. tuckfexas says: Jul 12, 2012 10:49 AM

    “Straight from the report: “In order to avoid the consequences of bad publicity, the most powerful leaders at the university – Spanier, Schultz, Paterno and Curley – repeatedly concealed critical facts relating to Sandusky’s child abuse.” Paterno covered it up thereby gave harbor to a sex predator. About the worst thing you can do.”

    In other words, they ALL knew he was raping boys in the shower.

  17. AlohaMrHand says: Jul 12, 2012 11:08 AM

    Wonder if Phil Knight still regards him as his hero.

  18. canehouse says: Jul 12, 2012 11:09 AM

    Rip down the statue today!! Burn the entire program to the ground!!!

  19. dcviking says: Jul 12, 2012 11:26 AM

    Perhaps Nathan Jessup said it best…

    You want the truth…you can’t handle the truth…

  20. tonyricemajorharris says: Jul 12, 2012 11:28 AM

    Paternos belong in jail too

  21. mountaineer50415 says: Jul 12, 2012 3:20 PM

    I did not read it all. I have no intention of reading it all. What I did read was too disgusting. I too was very upset that the heads of Penn St. fired JoePa. Now I wonder what took them so long I also wonder if any of them are still there, and if so why?
    I truly would be better off if I never heard the name Paterno again. In human terms this is the biggest abomination on earth. To sit back and allow this to go on and on for years. What a scum bag.
    Maybe NBC should read a little of what the people think and think twice before bringing a Paterno on the air. I for one do not want to see or hear from any of them again.
    You want your news show to go away, keep putting these scum bags on and watch the rest of America, go elsewhere for the news. I did not watch your show Today.

  22. rickrock6661982 says: Jul 12, 2012 5:29 PM

    Apparently, you are afraid Jay

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