VICTIMS’ LAWYER: Board Of Trustees Got It Wrong


“The board of trustees got it wrong. They should have consulted the victims before making a decision on Mr. Paterno. Ben Andreozzi said. “They should have considered these victims watch TV and are aware of the students’ reaction and may not want to be associated with the downfall of Mr. Paterno. The school instead elected to do what it felt was in its own best interest at the time. Isn’t that what put the school in this position in the first place? The way the Board reached its decision raises more concerns than the decision itself.  There is no indication the Board considered the impact of the decision on the abuse victims,” Andreozzi continued. “The school let the victims down once, and I think they owed it to the victims to at least gauge how the immediate termination decision would impact them as opposed to Mr. Paterno’s resignation at the end of the year.  These victims do not live in a bubble. They see the students reaction to the termination, and to think this does not weigh on their minds would be naive.” BEN ANDREOZZI, SANDUSKY VICTIMS’ LAWYER

RELATED: Interim coach Tom Bradley said on Thursday afternoon that McQueary would coach on Saturday when the Nittany Lions face Nebraska. Thursday night, Penn State announced that McQueary would not coach Saturday because of threats against him. That McQueary remains on the staff is shocking. Penn State fired legendary coach Joe Paterno and president Graham Spanier on Wednesday for their failure to follow up on a 2002 report from a subordinate that former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky had molested a 10-year-old boy in a shower in Penn State’s football building. That report came from McQueary, who told a grand jury earlier this year that he saw everything. McQueary’s handling of the situation has prompted outrage, and with good reason. He was a graduate assistant, a low man on Penn State’s totem pole, but he was 28 years old. What kind of human being would watch a boy being raped and do nothing to stop it? A scared one, sure. Sandusky was a pillar of the Penn State football community. But human decency should trump loyalty to a football program or to a coach. MORE

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