Ex-PSU Grad Assistant Matt Paknis On WFAN: 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.

  • Dan Mascaro

    What a crock! This is about the victims, but the media sure is trying to crucify Paterno without all the facts.

    • Anthony Vitale

      Dan, I’ve known Matt Paknis most of my life, and I can tell you that you won’t find a more honest and upstanding person. If he says it, I believe him.

  • Michael Bronco

    Dan, you couldn’t be more wrong. I also know Matt, and Anthony’s correct. It’s time to stop worshiping these football ‘gods’ and put it all in its proper place.

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