Paterno biographer: Of course I'm going to include sexual abuse scandal in my book

Sports Illustrated

Sportswriter Joe Posnanski, who temporarily moved to State College, Penn., to work on a biography of now-former Penn State coach Joe Paterno, explains why he's remaining on the sidelines rather than reporting or commenting on the child sexual abuse scandal that has rocked the school.

I have not wanted to speak because it’s not my place to speak. I’m Joe Paterno’s biographer. I’m here to write about the man. I’m not here to write a fairy tale, and I’m not here to write a hit job, and I hope to be nowhere near either extreme. I’m here to write a whole story. I’ve had people ask me: “Will you include all this in the book?” Well, OF COURSE, I will — this is the tragic ending of a career. I’m going to wait for evidence, and if it turns out that Joe Paterno knowingly covered this up, then I will write that with all the power and fury I have in me.

But I will wait. I will have to wait.

Related: Posnanski speaks Thursday at an actual Penn State class about Joe Paterno and the media (Deadspin) | Paterno would "belittle" college journalists who asked tough questions (About.com) || Earlier: SI writer haunted by favorable profile of Jerry Sandusky

  • Steve Myers

    Steve Myers was the managing editor of Poynter.org until August 2012, when he became the deputy managing editor and senior staff writer for The Lens, a nonprofit investigative news site in New Orleans.

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