By Bobby Pollier, EnStarz | Jul 11, 2012 04:36 PM EDT
Nearly six months after his death, legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno continues to get his historic reputation ruined. In an attempt to restore credibility, his family has finally released the opened ended statement that the late coach apparently wrote just before his death.
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Barely touching the surface of the Sandusky case, Paterno had addressed the letter to several former Nittany Lion players.
Paterno starts by rectifying allegations associated with the school's top notch football program in the following excerpt:
"Let me say that again so I am not misunderstood: regardless of anyone's opinion of my actions or the actions of the handful of administration officials in this matter, the fact is nothing alleged is an indictment of football or evidence that the spectacular collections of accomplishments by dedicated student athletes should be in anyway tarnished."
As the pride-filled letter reads on, Paterno voices his utter disdain for the way Penn State higher-ups portrayed the scandal. As they had previously prevented him from publically speaking out via news conference just days after Jerry Sandusky's November arrest.
"It must stop. This is not a football scandal and should not be treated as one. It is not an academic scandal and does not in any way tarnish the hard earned and well-deserved academic reputation of Penn State. That Penn State officials would suggest otherwise is a disservice to every one of the over 500,000 living alumni, said Paterno"
The rest of the pride-filled note seems to be intended for those alumni who may now have insecurity issues over there Penn State background.
Presently, Paterno's family is trying to pick up where he left off; as they must now fight his guilty by association battles for him. They continue to argue that their side of the story on the Jerry Sandusky Case "has never been fully told." They even claim that the coach's first instinct was to disclose what he knew; although it never happened.
Rest in peace? I think not. Here's to hoping the whole truth and nothing but the truth completely comes out.
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