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.

  1. Tom Lachkovich says:

    As a PSU alumnus, I am deeply heart-broken by the recent shocking events and disclosures unfolding. The reported disappearance of the Centre County District Attorney and recently ‘declared dead’ adds a John Grisham twist of mystery and conspiracy theory and coverup. I pray and hope that, in time, those responsible are weeded out and receive punishment. Need to remove the ‘bad apples’ from the barrel of fruit and roll on. The PSU campus in State College, PA and the entire PSU educational system are an excellent example of an ‘All-American’ college community and university. In the Scriptures, it states in part, that it is better for one who scandals another to have a millstone around his neck and cast into the depths of the sea. “We are . . . . Penn State.”

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