Letters to the Editor

Testimony doesn’t paint true picture

“A man testified in court in 2014 that Penn State football coach Joe Paterno ignored his complaints of a sexual assault committed by assistant coach Jerry Sandusky in 1976 when the man was a 14-year-old boy, according to new court documents unsealed Tuesday in a Philadelphia court.”

Put simply, this testimony does not ring true.

First, Joe Paterno was the type of man who attended to the smallest of details. He would not have ignored such an allegation, just like he did not ignore the allegation made by Mike McQueary, but reported it up Penn State’s chain of administrative command.

Second, Paterno was an honorable man, a man who once walked out of a restaurant in a huff, leaving his family behind, after they defended the daughter being chastised by Joe for giving part of her all-you-can eat meal to a sibling who didn’t order such an all-you could eat meal. Joe accused his daughter of ripping off the restaurant and couldn’t believe that nobody else in the family took the matter seriously.

Third, Joe Paterno’s highest priority was transforming boys into successful and responsible men, not winning football games. That’s why he turned down offers from the NFL. Thus he would not have dismissed any allegation about Sandusky with the assertion that he had a football season to worry about.

Finally, having studied memory, I know that memories are reconstructed rather than purely retrieved. Thus, a memory constructed 38 years after the fact can’t possibly be completely true.

Walter C. Uhler, State College

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