Ex-PSU Coach Paknis: Paterno Knows Everything

NEW YORK (WFAN) – A former child-abuse victim himself, former football grad assistant Matt Paknis believes Joe Paterno knew about Jerry Sandusky’s alleged sexual abuse against children years ago.

Paknis joined WFAN’s Mike Francesa on Tuesday to talk about his time at Penn State.

LISTEN: Matt Paknis with Mike Francesa

Paknis was a graduate assistant on the Nittany Lions football staff in 1987 and 1988. He says Sandusky exhibited questionable behavior towards the players back then.

As a childhood victim of sexual abuse, he said he remembered thinking how inappropriate it was when he saw Sandusky tickle and pinch little boys during football camps, sometimes putting them in headlocks.

“I thought it was a boundary issue, more than anything else,” Paknis said.

Paknis described Paterno’s rule over the Penn State campus as absolute.  “I think he had more power in the state of Pennsylvania than anybody.”

When asked about the possibility that Paterno could not be aware of reports on Sandusky’s behavior Paknis said it was “impossible.”

“Joe knows everything,” he said.

Paknis also said that he could envision a scenario where Paterno attempted to cover up Sandusky’s actions.

How do feel about Paknis comments? Leave a comment below.

  • parent

    Kootshie, kootshie Koo!, said the KOOK!

    Swift Justice, Common Sense is needed.


  • clarkwgriswold



    WOO! WOO! WOO!

  • psumba

    Paknis is GUILTY of supporting child abuse. He says he knew and CHOSE TO DO NOTHING. Innocent children have suffered due to his inaction! He is as guilty as Joe Paterno!

    At least Mike McQueary spoke up when he was a grad assistant!

    Matt, how’s the shoe feel on the other foot? You’ve obviously chosen to join the Paterno lynch mob, yet YOU chose to do nothing yourself! HOW DARE YOU … especially as a self-proclaimed childhood victim of sexual abuse!

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