Emmy Award-winning NBC sportscaster Bob Costas said Wednesday concerning the ongoing investigation of the Jerry Sandusky/Penn State sex scandal, “I don’t buy the idea that [late head coach Joe Paterno] was actively involved in a cover-up.”
“There’s a grand jury proceeding that just said there’s enough evidence to take it to trial, which was no surprise to anybody,” Costas replied. “Spanier, Curley, and Schultz, the administrators, who will go on trial.”
“But the main figure to the average person,” he continued, “the main figure is still, other than Sandusky himself, Joe Paterno, who has since passed away. And I really think that there is now some legitimate doubt.”
“I don’t know where the truth is,” Costas added, “but there’s some legitimate doubt about the extent of Paterno’s involvement. The pat storyline became, everybody, Paterno included, knew pretty much what Sandusky was up to. And they all kind of conspired to cover it up to protect the image of the football program at Penn State.”
“And you don’t think that’s true?” Leno asked.
“I think that Paterno was negligent,” answered Costas. “I think he should have recognized what was going on because the warning signals were there. But, having read the Freeh report, and then having read some of what’s been put out to refute it, I don’t buy the idea that he was actively involved in a cover-up.”