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 you feel about Paknis’s comments? Leave a comment below.

  • joe

    Universities are full of Liberals. That is why this happened. They have been letting criminals go forever. All Homos are Democrats. Except 1 in Texas.

    • adp

      “Jerry Sandusky, the longtime Penn State defensive coordinator who is facing a 40-count indictment on felony sex abuse charges, is a registered Republican, according to records from the Pennsylvania Department of State”

      Sheesh, this must ruin your whole day….

  • Kansasrising

    Town of Skidmore Mo, Pennsylvania needs you, desperately. Apparently everyone sold their souls for football crumbs.

  • Stoney

    While in the Navy I showered at the same time as other sailors but never showered WITH them.

  • Joe Mama

    They’re all pedophiles that prey on children, and if they prey on the same sex that would make them homosexual pedophiles.

  • Coordinator

    Joe and McQueary are the heroic whistleblowers of the case. It was Head of Police Schultz who torpedoed the investigation, refused to bring in state police, and later lied to a grand jury about what he had been told.

    Just read the Grand Jury report (pages 6 to 12) to get all the juicy details:


  • Coordinator

    Every fact about this case is detailed on pages 6 to 12 of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Indictment. McQueary and Paterno immediately turned Sandusky in to Head of University Police Gary Schultz, and Schultz then torpedoed the investigation and lied to a grand jury about having been told of s e x u a l contact.

    Read it yourself: http://www.wltx.com/news/pdf/Sandusky-Grand-Jury-Presentment.pdf

  • ryan richards

    It’s time to bring over an Iranian “hangman” to administer justice to these people and hold the event at the Penn State football field. Being America, selling tickets would be a must, but please give the mothers and their children front row seats and free hot dogs. The game must go on!

    When I saw a public hanging in Iran in the early sixties, it was quite a sobering experience.

  • paul

    Well heteros have been known to diddle young girls, so in fairness heteros should be thrown out too, right?

  • Jerry Haas

    As a former PA prosecutor, it is a felony not to report a crime involving moral turpitude. Therefore, Coach Paterno should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

    • adp

      Gee, it’s amazing that none of the prosecutors in this case seem to know the law since he was not charged with any criminal wrongdoing.

    • adp

      “Convicted molester awaits sentencing: Gerald “Jerry” Haas, a former West Chester Democratic Party official, was found guilty of indecent assault.”

      This would explain your extensive legal knowledge in this case and it must be true, since I read it online.

  • Founders1791


    So this guy “speculates” that he “thinks” Joe Paterno knew everything….WITH ZERO EVIDENCE TO BACK HIS COMMENTS UP.

    This is why Europeans are MORALLY BANKRUPT and why America has always been the moral compass…..except……now the “intelligentsia” in American have subscribed to EuroTrash thinking and ideologies….

    This is NOT THE AMERICA that once proclaimed “you are innocent until proven guilty” and Joe Paterno is being FALSELY CONVICTED for a crime “someone else may have committed”.

    NO TRIAL NO PROOF……….this is totally wrong what is being done to Joe Paterno.

  • jimbob

    how about paterno has known all along and they have kept him as designated head coach, versus a real working coach, because the university president did not want to make him mad…. also paying him $ 1,000,000 to sleep in the press box during ballgames was a form of blackmail pay…

  • RufusVonDufus

    Everyone associated with coaching at Penn State knew of Sandusky’s little escapades and chose to keep quiet including the campus and local police. Whoever in those departments knew or were informed of something going on need to be fired with no pensions and no severance pay. Let them fend for themselves. I am sure Paterno’s wife also knew. Penn State allowed Paternio to stay until he finally had all of the little wussy records for which he put so many little kids at risk. If the NCAA had any cojones at all, they would void all of his victories post 2002. He is much, much worse than Pete Rose. If Paterno keeps those records Pete Rose should be elevated to the job of baseball commissioner.

  • Joe the Man

    Bulldoze the stadium at Penn State, bulldoze Jo Pa’s house, and eliminate the football program there.

    • adp

      Well at least we haven’t started over-reacting…..

  • Bill

    I showered with my dad, but that because he wanted to show me how it worked. I could barely reach the faucets. He never molested me, just got mad if I didn’t clean up the bathroom when I left it. Je was a great dad. I miss him.

    • Founders1791

      Yet your innocent experience with your father would be classified BY ALL THE NITWITS on this post and throughout the land as……inappropriate.

      American has lost it’s common sense and fair play.

    • Mr Bill

      Jerry Sandusky should go down to the Boat store and buy some nice rope
      then go out to his Bach yard and do us all a big favor find a nice strong tyree and hang himself.

    • Thomas V Munson

      Hope mom gave you soap on a rope.

    • Lee

      Did your dad show the boy down the street how the shower worked? It’s a far cry from showing your kid how to work a shower than showering with someone else kid.

      Hey Founders1791 American’s hate pervert child molesters.

      • Founders1791

        And they also….used to…..hate those who fuel Salem Witch Trial mentality of mob rule.

        Lee…..you ARE and idiot that doesn’t know the first thing about controlling ‘your own emotions’ in order see the matter objectively and dispassionately.

        • Steve

          You are actually defending men showering with boy that they meet at a camp? Maybe you should be hunted like a witch.

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