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Posted at 07:51 PM ET, 01/14/2012

Poll: Joe Paterno’s actions in Penn State sex abuse scandal

In an interview with The Post’s Sally Jenkins, former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno spoke publicly for the first time since longtime Nittany Lions assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was charged with sexually abusing young boys.

Paterno has come under criticism for what he did — or didn’t do — after another assistant brought him allegations that Sandusky had abused a boy in the Penn State showers. Here is part of Paterno’s explanation:

“I didn’t know exactly how to handle it and I was afraid to do something that might jeopardize what the university procedure was. So I backed away and turned it over to some other people, people I thought would have a little more expertise than I did. It didn’t work out that way.”

After reading Paterno’s comments, how do you feel about how he handled the situation? Take the poll below and explain your vote in the comments.

By Washington Post editors  |  07:51 PM ET, 01/14/2012

 
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