Joe Paterno Releases Statement, Calls Penn State Scandal a Tragedy, ‘One of the Great Sorrows of My Life’


Joe Paterno released a statement on Wednesday to address the Penn State scandal and his future with the institution.

According to Darren Rovell, Paterno's statement "is not on the school Web site or the athletics site, which could mean Paterno issued statement unilaterally."

Check out his entire statement, below thanks to Michele Steele.

"I am absolutely devastated by the developments in this case. I grieve for the children and their families, and I pray for their comfort and relief.

"I have come to work every day for the last 61 years with one clear goal in mind: To serve the best interests of this university and the young men who have been entrusted to my care. I have the same goal today.

"That's why I have decided to announce my retirement effective at the end of this season. At this moment the Board of Trustees should not spend a single minute discussing my status. They have far more important matters to address. I want to make this as easy for them as I possibly can.

"This is a tragedy. It is one of the great sorrows of my life. With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more.

"My goals now are to keep my commitments to my players and staff and finish the season with dignity and determination. And then I will spend the rest of my life doing everything I can to help this University."

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