Supporting Joe Paterno
“I know you support coach Paterno. I respect you for that, given your history with him. But did he do enough to protect these children?” Dr. Phil asks Franco.

“First, I want to say, my heart goes out to the kids who were traumatized and probably continue to be traumatized today,” Franco says. He agrees that the focus was taken off the victims and put on Paterno. “Now, 1998, when Jerry Sandusky was a football coach under Joe Paterno, it went all the way to the D.A. and the local police. Now, they didn’t press any charges. But under Joe Paterno, that’s where it went.”

Dr. Phil points out that if Patnerno knew about the allegations in 1998 and they were reported to the police, why would Paterno allow Sandusky to continue to have access to the facilities?

Franco says Sandusky’s emeritus status was in his contract. “Legally, he had a right to go in there,” he says.

“But are you telling me that Paterno did not have the influence, the sway and the presence to control his own facilities at Penn State?” Dr. Phil asks.

Franco says the facilities belong to the university, not Paterno. “Everybody thinks that Joe has all this power. Absolutely not,” he says. He says the administration ran the show, and they negotiated Sandusky’s contract.

Franco defends Joe Paterno.

[AD]Franco says when he visited with Paterno at his home, Paterno was hurt and thinking about his assistant coaches.

“Why do you think he said, and I think I’m quoting this exactly: ‘I should have done more’?” Dr. Phil asks.

Franco says, “Joe looks at the people above him, Tim Curley and Gary Shultz, and says, ‘I’m not going to point my finger at them, that they didn’t do their job. Joe put it on himself, and that’s Joe.”