Paterno Fired as Penn State Football Coach

Joe Paterno has reportedly been fired as head coach of the Penn State football team in the wake of the extremely disturbing allegations contained in a grand jury report concerning former assistant Jerry Sandusky

Earlier today, Paterno announced that he planned to retire at the end of this season.

Michael McCann of and the Sports Law Blog has written an article covering all of the legal issues involved in this matter.  Here’s an excerpt of McCann’s article:

While Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly says that her office won’t file charges against Joe Paterno for not reporting the alleged child sexual abuse by former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, the 84-year-old coach could eventually face criminal charges for perjury, obstruction of justice and violating the state’s Child Protective Services Law. Paterno could also become a defendant in civil lawsuits filed by Sandusky’s alleged victims. Those lawsuits could allege that Paterno negligently failed to prevent a third party with whom he had a supervisory relationship (Sandusky) from committing abuse.

Click here to read the entire article.



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