Report: Gov. Corbett Says Joe Paterno Should Have Followed up on Report
Gov. Corbett rehashed the decision to fire Joe Paterno, saying Thursday he wished the former Penn State football coach had done more upon learning of alleged child sexual abuse by his former assistant, Jerry Sandusky.
“I wish he would have followed up after he made that report,” Corbett told Action News 6ABC in Philadelphia.
Corbett, who sits on the university’s Board of Trustees, gave the TV station his first candid comments on Paterno since he passed away Jan. 22 because of complications from lung cancer treatments.
He said Paterno should have lost his job even though he met his legal obligation to report the allegations against Sandusky.
“He fulfilled his legal obligation, but it continued after that,” Corbett said. “That's the unfortunate part.”
Then-graduate assistant Mike McQueary told Paterno in March 2002 that he believed he saw Sandusky sexually assaulting a boy in the football facility, McQueary testified in December. Sandusky has been charged with more than 50 counts in a child sexual-abuse case. He maintains he is innocent.
Corbett did not attend a public memorial service for Paterno in January on Penn State’s campus but did attend a memorial service in February in Harrisburg.
At January’s memorial service, Nike co-founder and chairman Phil Knight chastised the handling of the state’s investigation, which Corbett launched as state attorney general before taking over as governor in Jan. 2011.
“I'm not sure what [Knight] meant, 'If there's a villain in this, it's the investigation?' ” Corbett said. “If there's a villain in this, in my belief, it's the man who's been charged with the crimes against the victims.”