Posted February 05, 2014

Paterno family adds Penn State to lawsuit against NCAA

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The family of legendary Penn State coach Joe Paterno is suing the university. (Ned Dishman/Getty Images)

The family of late Penn State coach Joe Paterno is suing the university. (Ned Dishman/Getty Images)

Plaintiffs led by the family of late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno added the university as a defendant to a previously filed lawsuit on Wednesday, according to court documents.

The range of the original complaint included claims that the value of Paterno memorabilia was damaged and Penn State coaches were hampered in looking for new jobs following the school’s firing of the legendary coach and its handling of the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal.

The NCAA, an original defendant, argued in October that the university should be added as a party in the case. 

The amended complaint adds Penn State as a nominal defendant, according to court documents, via the Daily Collegian.

“To be clear, we do not seek any monetary damages from Penn State, nor do we ask that the court order Penn State to take any action,” said Wick Sollers, the attorney for the Paterno side. “We ask only for a declaration that the plaintiffs have rights under the NCAA rules that were violated, and that the Consent Decree imposed by the NCAA is null and void.”

The new complaint also adds the defamation claims of former Penn State football coaches Jay Paterno and William Kenney.

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According to the documents, Paterno and Kenney claim to have suffered from damages to their reputations as football coaches and have been unable to find jobs despite their qualifications.

“This lawsuit is extremely important to everyone who wants to know the truth about the mishandling of the Sandusky matter by the NCAA and the University,” Sollers said.

Plaintiffs in addition to the Paterno family include four Penn State Board of Trustee members and several faculty members, former coaches and former football players.


11 comments
Matthew W
Matthew W

Your idol of a family member willingly hid and protected a child M*lester. He will rot in hell.....stop trying to defend his actions and drop the lawsuit. 


Money won't help you wash off the blood and fecal matter of s*d*mized childen off your hands Paterno family.

alhmiel1
alhmiel1

Jay paterno was an inept boob who had no business coaching in college and was terrible.  Jay paterno is a joke in life and a mooch now living off Sue and Daddy pension.  Nice new job Jay as a mooch.

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

Meritless case to keep the Paterno name in the press and remind us all what a jerk he turned out to be. 

SteveRowFla
SteveRowFla

Joe knew.  Cleetusplease is right, this is really pathetic.  

HarshRealities
HarshRealities

It was the actions of Joe Paterno and others who knew that Sandusky was a serial child molester and decided to cover it up that has caused the value of Paterno memorabilia to be worthless, not the NCAA. 

They knew Sandusky was a pedophile when they told him to retire in 1998 and they knew he was a pedophile when McQuery reported the event in the Penn State showers.

geoffs4
geoffs4

 Good, let's keep this moving along.  Keep the innocent people free of punishment and continue to show the NCAA for what it is...uh...whatever that is....

DrG1994
DrG1994

@HarshRealities Try learning the facts.  Paterno was not involved in a cover up according to the prosecutor in the Sandusky case.  Sandusky was not convicted of rape on the Penn State campus.  And McQueary's story has changed too frequently to be truly credible--after all, if he legitimately saw what he now claims that he saw, why didn't he do something at the time instead of waiting a day to tell Paterno (who, according to the law, couldn't report it because he didn't personally observe the incident)?