In September, Jay Paterno visited Webster’s Bookstore for a book-signing associated with his book about his father.
Joe Paterno hand-picked Joe Posnanski to write his biography, but Jay Paterno apparently wasn’t pleased with it so he wrote his own version.
He was probably unhappy with these comments: “(Jerry) Sandusky’s ‘retirement’ (and the following losing seasons) exposed Joe as an average coach”; a claim that Sandusky was the de facto head coach and Joe was the “director of marketing”; the meeting with Graham Spanier, Tim Curley and Gary Schultz at Paterno’s home (note the symbolism) to convince Paterno to retire. After a terse exchange between Paterno and Spanier, Paterno told Spanier, “You take care of your playground and I’ll take care of mine.”
Jay Paterno has said he doesn’t believe his father had any knowledge of Sandusky’s crimes, an astonishing remark given the evidence to the contrary. One might assume Jay is familiar with the evidence but if not, here it is:
Emails in the Freeh report indicate Joe Paterno was aware of the 1998 incident and that he convinced Curley not to report the Mike McQueary story to outside authorities; Joe Paterno’s statement to McQueary that McQueary had done the right thing by telling him what he had seen and that it was up to Paterno to decide what they would do; Joe Paterno’s statement that, with the benefit of hindsight, he wished he had done more; Joe Paterno’s testimony to the grand jury and his interview with investigator Anthony Sassano and The Washington Post.
Jay Paterno is clearly in denial.