Workers handle the statue of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno before removing the statue Sunday, July 22, 2012, in State College, Pa. The famed statue of Paterno was taken down from outside the Penn State football stadium Sunday, eliminating a key piece of the iconography surrounding the once-sainted football coach accused of burying child sex abuse allegations against a retired assistant. (AP Photo/John Beale)
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — The family of late coach Joe Paterno says the removal of his statue from outside Penn State's football stadium "does not serve the victims" of the sex abuse scandal that has engulfed the university
A family statement issued Sunday only hours after the 7-foot-tall statue was removed said the only way to help victims was to "uncover the full truth."
The NCAA announced Sunday that it would be issuing sanctions against the university whose top officials were accused in a scathing report of burying child sex abuse allegations against now-convicted retired assistant Jerry Sandusky.
Family members said in the statement that the report by former FBI director Louis Freeh was "the equivalent of an indictment ... and an incomplete and unofficial one at that."