The widow of former Penn State University football coach Joe Paterno and one of his sons were not aware they were on a list made public this week of five dozen potential defense witnesses in the coming child sex abuse trial of Jerry Sandusky.
In a statement released by lawyer Wick Sollers, Joe Paterno's widow, Sue, and son, Jay, said they will not plan on speaking during the trial of the former Penn State assistant football coach unless something "exceptional and unexpected develops."
Here is the full statement:
Over the last few days, numerous reporters have inquired about the news that Sue Paterno and Jay Paterno have been listed as possible witnesses in the upcoming trial of Jerry Sandusky. The Paternos had no advance notice of this development and have no idea if they will in fact be called to testify.
The family has also received repeated media requests for interviews. Out of respect for the legal process, it is the family's strong preference not to comment while the trial is underway. The only directive Joe Paterno gave to his family is that they should pursue the truth, while forcefully defending the honor and integrity of Penn State and the countless thousands of students, faculty, coaches and donors who have worked so hard over the years to build it into a world class institution. This is the course the family has carefully followed during this extraordinary process.
Accordingly, while the trial is underway, the Paterno family will not make any further public comment unless something exceptional and unexpected develops that necessitates a response.
Mark Dent: firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter @mdent05. First Published June 7, 2012 1:45 PM