Joe Paterno can’t defend himself because he is deceased, but this could damage his legacy beyond repair.
Yahoo breaks it down in extraordinary detail, but the gist of it is that when Penn State wanted to turn in Sandusky it was Paterno who suggested they hold off on doing that.
It contradicts statements from Paterno that after he was made aware of the situation that he simply passed it on to his higher ups and didn’t have anything else to do with, but the emails says otherwise.
If it is true that Paterno knew what was going on and stopped or even suggested the University bury the fact that Sandusky was raping kids in showers, he is responsible for years of continued abuse by Sandusky on children.
This monster could have been stopped in 1999, but only now in 2012 is he behind bars. While Paterno and others aren’t the monsters that Sandusky is, the fact they it appears they just wanted it to ignore it make them horrible individuals in their own right.