Joe Paterno Got Hefty Contract Amid Inquiry
He got $5.5M, had agreed in summer not to coach after 2011
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 14, 2012 8:05 AM CDT
A 2011 file photo of Joe Paterno.   (AP Photo/Jim Prisching, File)

(Newser) – The New York Times has a story today illustrating the power of Joe Paterno at Penn State: Even as the Jerry Sandusky investigation was proceeding and Paterno had testified before a grand jury, he negotiated a richer contract for himself loaded with perks and worth roughly $5.5 million. The money will still be paid to his estate, despite the misgivings of some board members. Why so much? As part of the deal, hammered out in the summer, Paterno agreed to make the 2011 season his last, though that wasn't made public at the time. Which suggests that in November, when Paterno announced his pending retirement as the Sandusky investigation intensified, what seemed like a concession at the time actually wasn't much of one.

One paragraph in particular from the Times' Jo Becker resonates:

  • "Documents show that the board even tossed in some extras that the family demanded, like the use of specialized hydrotherapy massage equipment for Mr. Paterno’s wife at the university’s Lasch Building, where Mr. Sandusky had molested a number of his victims."

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Jul 16, 2012 5:16 PM CDT
Is that why Mrs. Sandusky never once saw an uncomfortable wink, touch, kiss, hug, whisper, piece of unkown clothing, receipt, note, letter or cancelled check during the 20 years her husband raped fatherless male children IN HER HOUSE, including one of her own sons? Because she would do anything to preserve her own stardom, perks, freebies and front-row seats to luxury, exceeded only by that of Mrs. Paterno? All we need now to complete this masquerade of childhood horror is for the Sanduskies to claim Christianity.
Jul 15, 2012 7:53 AM CDT
The State should confiscate the pension and indict the family and school officials as accessories to rape. The RICO laws allow practically any criminal cover-up participants to be held liable and confiscate the ill gotten gains and property. It happens all the time for dope dealers. Raping kids is FAR WORSE than selling drugs. Paterno is a proven shitbag. He was clearly okay with raping little boys.
Jul 14, 2012 10:08 PM CDT
This whole chapter of one man's sickness and how money, power and greed works on others who most likely knew of his sickness is sad and should be unlawful because as has been proven over and over throughout history power, greed, and money eventually hurt good people and their families who have no means to protect themselves. There is no room for sensationalism of this whole episode as shown by the comment that would have you believe Paterno added a perk in his contract for his wife to receive medical treatment in a building only because that was where Sandusky committed some of his crimes. Those self interest statements only belittle the actual severity of the crimes Sandusky committed. Let the facts speak for themselves and hopefully a true jury of whoevers peers will be able to come to a morally and lawful decision.