It is not that he broke his silence.
Adam Taliaferro did offer his strongest comments regarding fallout from the Jerry Sandusky scandal and the Freeh Report since getting elected to the Penn State Board of Trustees last April.
Taliaferro, whose football career was cut short by a catastrophic injury in 2000, told the Tribune-Review that the Paterno Report needs to be considered by many people and two organizations in particular: the Board of Trustees and the NCAA.
“I was really waiting for this Paterno Report to come out because I think this really sheds light on the story,” Taliaferro said. “I think people have a better understanding of the circumstances from the Paterno side.”
Taliaferro had been criticized by some Penn State alumni for not speaking out more for Joe Paterno, his former coach, since joining the Board of Trustees. Taliaferro explains in Friday’s Tribune-Review why he waited to speak out as well as the significance of the Paterno Report to him.
Taliaferro has read the report, and he watched Sue Paterno’s appearance on the Katie Couric Show earlier this week.
“The Sue that I saw on Katie Couric, the upstanding, sincere woman, that’s the person I know from when I first walked onto that campus,” Taliaferro said. “I just hope that people see the Paternos the way I saw them. That’s why this whole thing has been so hard for me because the way Joe has been portrayed that’s not the person I know. I think (Sue Paterno) has done a great job of representing the family because she’s a class act. I firmly believe that she meant everything that she said on Katie.”
– Scott Brown