WTXF - Four years ago today, on November 5, 2011, Jerry Sandusky was arrested on charges that he sexually abused eight boys, kicking off what may be the most notorious scandal in the history of college sports.
Now, the widow of the late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, Sue Paterno, has written a letter to Penn State lettermen, published on the Paterno family’s website. In the letter, she expresses gratitude for all they’ve done for Penn State, while also harshly criticizing the process that led to the firing of her husband and what she called the “wholesale indictment of the football program and the Penn State culture.”
“While much progress has been made in the last four years, the Administration, the NCAA and Louis Freeh have yet to acknowledge fully the extent of their errors. Worse yet, they are still waging an all-out campaign to keep the facts from ever seeing the light of day,” Sue Paterno wrote.
“I write to you now to let you know that we have not given up on setting the record straight – and we never will. Four years of secrecy are enough. The victims, their families, each of you and everyone who cares about Penn State deserve the truth… Penn State's culture is a treasure. It is worth fighting for. And the truth is not to be feared, but embraced.”
Sue also announced plans for a celebration to mark the 50th anniversary of Joe Paterno’s first game as head coach, next September 16.