Matt Millen Breaks Down While Discussing Penn State Sex Scandal
DETROIT (WWJ) - The fallout of a widening sex-abuse scandal and possible cover-up at Penn State continues to grow. It centers on former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, who is accused of molesting 8 young boys over a 15 year span.
Eighty-four-year-old coach Joe Paterno is fighting for his job amid “eroding” support from school officials.
Former Detroit Lions President Matt Millen, who played for both Paterno and Sandusky at Penn State, broke down when being interviewed about the scandal.
“I have some really strong opinions, and to be honest with you, and you can probably hear it and I apologize to you, I get mad, and it’s…” Millen said before pausing. “It’s pretty disturbing. It just makes you sick, to see that this could happen to this level. If in fact that it has happened then, you know, there’s a part of me… you just want to go take care of it yourself.”
Millen was interviewed on ESPN, where he serves as a football commentator. His former position coach Sandusky is facing over 25 felony counts of assaulting at least eight young boys and could face up to 90 years in prison.
“If there is truth to it, then I would think that they would clear out everything… I would think you start with the president and just, if you’re going to move Joe Paterno and you’re moving his staff, you’re moving everything, including the university president and the whole thing,” said Millen.
“This is more than just a program, this is more than a football legacy. This is about people and if we can’t protect our kids, we as a society are pathetic. So, that’s where I stand on it,” he continued.
Watch Millen’s full interview below: