Back in April, Donald Trump made a huge fool of himself by asking his supporters at a Pittsburgh rally, "I know a lot about Pennsylvania, and it’s great. How’s Joe Paterno? We gonna bring that back? Right?" "How about that whole deal?"
The Sandusky scandal brought down Penn State college and coach Paterno, who died shortly after the news came out.
Trump's people tried to make believe Donald was talking about Paterno's statue, which is ridiculous since he never mentioned a statue. The argument was made by Penn State supporters that Coach Paterno had no idea what Sandusky was doing so he should be forgiven.
That idea now seems to have been blown out of the water. A story just broke that alleges the coach knew about the abuse of kids may years before it was known.
Former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno knew that his assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was sexually abusing a child as early as 1976, according to a claim by an insurance company.
This date is 18 years before what had been thought as the earliest known incident of abuse by Sandusky. The allegation was revealed in a single line of a court document filed Wednesday.
Sandusky was found guilty in 2012 of sexually abusing 10 boys during the 1990s and 2000s. He used a charity he founded and access to the college football team to entice and abuse kids. Sandusky is serving a prison sentence between 30 to 60 years.
Paterno's family issued a statement Thursday saying the late coach's "reputation has once again been smeared with an unsubstantiated, forty-year-old allegation."
I wonder if the media now will ask Trump, "How's Joe, Donald?"
UPDATE: Pennlive has more:
A new bombshell dropped in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal Thursday.
But that line was eye-popping in itself.
The line in question states that one of Penn State's insurers has claimed "in 1976, a child allegedly reported to PSU's Head Coach Joseph Paterno that he (the child) was sexually molested by Sandusky."
The order also cites separate references in 1987 and 1988 in which unnamed assistant coaches witnessed inappropriate contact between Sandusky and unidentified children, and a 1988 case that was supposedly referred to Penn State's athletic director at the time.↓ Story continues below ↓
All, the opinion states, are described in victims' depositions taken as part of the still-pending insurance case, but that, according a PennLive review of the case file, are apparently under seal.