Excerpt from Jay Paterno’s new book via Onward State. I’m starting to see why Jerry Sandusky eluded police in State College for so long.
Jay faced round of interviews from State Police in January of 2012. An officer started to ask Jay questions about victims traveling with Jerry Sandusky to practice or trips after he retired. Jay says this did not happen, as they were closed to players and coaches.
The next question was even more puzzling. “We understand that Jerry was able to arrange for his victims to dress for football games,” he said.
“You mean in uniform,” I asked.
I allowed that I didn’t personally check every uniform, but I doubted that story. We would notice a 10-or 12-year-old in uniform among oversized college players.
“We have a picture of one,” he said.
He showed me the picture, and I laughed.
“This young man is one of the victims,” he said, pointing to a player in uniform without his helmet on and standing next next to Joe on the sidelines of a game.
“No, it’s not,” I said. “That’s Shane McGregor.”
He wanted to know how I was so sure. I explained that Shane was still on the team, that I had coached him for four years, and that the picture he was holding was from the Outback Bowl on January 1, 2011.
If they were so off on this, I wondered what else they might have gotten wrong.