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Joe Paterno

Retiring After Football Season

'I Wish I Had Done More'

11/9/2011 7:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Penn St.
head football coach Joe Paterno just announced that he will retire at the end of the current football season ... calling the child molestation scandal, "one of the great sorrows of my life" and saying, "I wish I had done more."

Paterno released a statement saying, "I am absolutely devastated by the developments in this case. I grieve for the children and their families, and I pray for their comfort and relief."

He added, "I have decided to announce my retirement effective at the end of this season. At this moment the Board of Trustees should not spend a single minute discussing my status. They have far more important matters to address. I want to make this as easy for them as I possibly can."

"This is a tragedy. It is one of the great sorrows of my life. With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more."

"My goals now are to keep my commitments to my players and staff and finish the season with dignity and determination. And then I will spend the rest of my life doing everything I can to help this University."

Officials say Paterno had knowledge that former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky had allegedly sexually abused a pre-teen boy in the showers in the Penn State locker room back in 2002.

Paterno reported the incident to the athletic director at Penn State -- but failed to notify the police.

The police commissioner says Paterno has not been accused of legal wrongdoing, but claims Paterno did NOT fulfill his "moral responsibility."

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laura s.cook    

ANY DECENT GOD FEARING PERSON SEEING A 10 YEAR OLD BEING RAPED BY ANYBODY SHOULD STOP IT THEN, The assistant should have stopped it in the act, he could have hit thr fire alarm, he could have called the police. I am a 5ft 117lb woman and I would have tried my best to have stopped a child being raped, molested, that is a homosexual predator. And all a pigskin ball, it tells us what the world has come to, so sad, guilt on all hands. bloodied, The Bible says its better to have a millstone tied around you're neck and throwed in the sea than to hurt his little ones.

1081 days ago


to the people defending him I'll say this : Imagine if it was about your son. Not good, Joe, not good at all. I understand but again if it was about your son would you call the cops then? see what I mean?

1081 days ago


i don't think Joe Paterno should be fired simply because he don't have nothing to do with somebody else mistake, everybody is entitle to there own action.

1080 days ago


JoPa is nothing but a selfish man. Yes, he has given PennState's football a prestigious name, but that's all he cares about--football. He said from now on he will do w/e he can to help out the university. Well, HELLO! How about the children? Why don't you help them? At least do something..."I wish I could have done more." He only wishes that because the secret came out! If this hasn't been reported, I HIGHLY doubt Paterno would even budge a finger on reporting for the child. I don't care if JoPa is a legend...by neglecting his moral responsibilties, it shows what kind of character he and his fellow sports comrades are--PIGS. Selfish ADULT men who could not even help out a child. There is no doubt that the children will be traumatized for the rest of their lives. When they are young and being touched, raped and molested, what are they suppose to do? What's wrong, what's right? Their lives are forever ruined by that monster and these hiders didn't even call the police? Yeah, I highly doubt not filing a claim in the board is the limit. CALL THE DAMN COPS. Ugh, this story sickens me.

1079 days ago
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