Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Coach Joe Paterno retires due to sex scandal

The legendary football coach at Penn State, Joe Paterno, 84, has announced his retirement at the end of this season after being accused of not to betray a former assistant who sexually abused him several children for more than a decade in the 90's.

Paterno was widely questioned and criticized after last weekend, his former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was charged with molesting eight young people between 1994 and 2009. In addition, the athletic director, Tim Curley, Gary Schultz and Vice President have also been accused of not reporting to the authorities after a witness reported an assault on a boy in 2002.

The reputation that was built for nearly five decades, Joe has been tainted by accusations of not having done everything possible, together with other officers of the University, to clarify or uncover the scandal. Head coach of the University since 1966 and known as 'Joep', Paterno said Wednesday through a statement of withdrawal to the end of this season.

So far, Paterno has only been able to take criticism, presenting his retirement and also apologizing for what happened. "This is a tragedy. This is one of the great regrets of my life. With the benefit of time, I would have done more," he confessed.

"I am absolutely devastated by the evolution of the facts in this case. I weep for the children and their families and pray that I can ease your pain," he concluded.


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