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November 15th, 2011
12:25 AM ET

Video: Keeping Them Honest: What did Joe Paterno know in 1998?

Allegations against a former Penn State assistant football coach were first made in 1998. Did his boss know? Anderson Cooper is Keeping Them Honest.

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  1. Lizzy

    This is a horrible, heinous crime. we must remember the man who performed these acts was not Paterno. If we are going to continue to drag him through the mud for what he didn't do, we must take everyone else with him. Where was his family when the misconduct took place night after night in the basement of their home? there were lots of poeple who dropped the ball along the way. While it is easy to say what each of us as individuals would have done in the situation now that all the details are out there....would you have done that same thing without knowing all the details? Every one of us at one time has turned a blind eye at something wrongly done....hopefully not as terrible as these acts but let us remember who performed the asts of crime and punish HIM...not everyone else.

    November 15, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  2. Amy Rosa

    You Know this is so true. Im dealing with the jocks in a small town texas where the schools are having small kids taking showers all together in a locker room and the coach is who knows where doing who knows what and the principal is doing nothing about it. Why are schools in the US allow to do this to kids ? I,s been happening everywhere not only in penn state check out junior highs and all the small towns. Why does the government allow schools to do this to our kids? when it comes to who is guilty, the jails are not big enough to hold all!

    November 15, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
  3. Laura reinholz

    Although Paternoster was the coach......people keep forgetting he did not WITTNESS the abuse. I can not understand why he is to be held more accountable than the assistant who witnessed the assault and did NOTHING to protect or help that boy right then and there. He was an adult and should have done more! Is Paterno being so racked over the coals because he is the bigger name and has more money? As the woman on the show stated.....it was most detrimental the the psyche of that child to think someone was there to help him and then they walked away........that person WAS NOT Paterno!!!

    November 15, 2011 at 10:41 am |
  4. Tim Gibson

    Anyone who would choose to believe that Paterno did not know of the "allegations" in 1998 would be as false in their belief as the McRib is in being anything close to a rib. Paterno must be held to account for his inaction which is a direct involvement as an assumbed guilty party in child abuse and child molestation. This is childhood terrorism in a recurrent theme where we hear of the accused abuser being nothing short of a big child himself. Recent memory does not fail to connect the dots in another infamous case of "alledged" sexual abuse of a child or children by an adult who was fabled to be a big child himself where "payment" versus "settlement" was included in the ingredients of silence. Those in positiions of power backed by wealth and or fame continue to be held at a lesser standard . The ripple effect from elected leadership, corp. power and the elite is strongest nearest the point of impact and we cannot ignore the psychic secretion first studied by Pavlov.

    November 15, 2011 at 10:01 am |
  5. Barbara Bernarding

    According to the D.A, Joe Pa did his legal part. The nature of these allegations are very sensitive. If it was reported to the higher ups, and the accused is denying it and no children are coming fwd, then what McCreery saw must be 'horseplay' and it all gets swept under the rug.

    November 15, 2011 at 9:59 am |