Joe Paterno Breaks Silence

Paterno talks about how he handled allegations against Jerry Sandusky.
2:14 | 01/16/12

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Now for the latest on the Penn State scandal for the first time. Joseph Paterno is speaking out about how he handled the allegations against this former assistant coach ABC's Dan Harris that we can anchor has the details. The towering -- of college football a man who led the Penn State team under the motto of victory with honor. Painting a picture of himself as nervous and maybe even naive when confronted with allegations that his former top lieutenant may have been a -- a five. Cool and -- periods. And he's intent crime -- did you. Q I have never had details. I don't feel and. Paterno granted his interview two Washington Post reporter Sally Jenkins. Who describes the 85 year old as weakened by lung cancer and a broken pelvis. Wearing a wig because of the hair loss caused by -- and at times laboring to speak. He certainly strikes me as a man struggling to explain. Himself to himself. And his actions to the people who watch him. For the first time Paterno spoke in some detail about the day when then assistant coach Mike -- came to his home. And told him he'd seen Jerry -- does he behaved suspiciously with a boy in the -- showers. -- -- says -- was not comfortable getting too specific. Quote to be frank -- I don't know that it would have done any good because I never heard of. Of rape and a man. Paterno said because he was unsure how to handle the situation -- -- backed away and passed on the information to university officials. But those officials never told police. When the scandal broke the board fired Paterno. Joseph Paterno is no longer the head football coach. Effective immediately. As the student's writing. -- wife was according to Washington Post in a rage at the way her husband had been treated. But in this interview Paterno himself wouldn't go there. I have nothing. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Indiana man has staked his reputation -- setting a higher moral standard for his players insisted he did not violate his own code. In this case.

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