- Local radio host says there are "rumors" the Penn St. coach at the center of child rape allegations may have been "pimping out" boys, affiliated with the charity he worked for, to donors.
- The host, Mark Madden, has been right before: he was the first person to break the news about the scandal seven months ago.
- Madden also says it could be revealed that the coach, Jerry Sandusky, was told "he had to retire in exchange for a cover-up."
If you think the Penn St. University rape scandal involving a coach and several young boys is new news, think again. Back in April, a Pittsburgh radio host named Mark Madden wrote a story about coach Jerry Sandusky and the allegations, and alleged that the university could have had covered it up. Parts of his article were almost prophetic:
It seems logical to ask: What did Paterno know, and when did he know it? What did Penn State's administration know, and when did they know it?
Best-case scenario: Charges are never brought, and Sandusky walks away with his reputation permanently scarred. The rumors, the jokes, the sideways glances - they won't ever stop. Paterno and Penn State do the great escape.
Worst-case scenario: Sandusky is charged. Then it seems reasonable to wonder: Did Penn State not make an issue of Sandusky's alleged behavior in 1998 in exchange for him walking away from the program at an age premature for most coaches? Did Penn State's considerable influence help get Sandusky off the hook?
Don't kid yourself. That could happen. Don't underestimate the power of Paterno and Penn State in central Pennsylvania when it comes to politicians, the police and the media.
Why is that important? Because now Madden is making headlines again today saying he's hearing rumors that the scandal could get even worse: Sandusky may have been "pimping out" boys, from the charity he worked with, to donors. And as we saw, Madden has been right before.
Here's how he put it Thursday morning:
"I can give you a rumor and I can give you something I think might happen," Madden told WEEI radio hosts John Dennis and Gerry Callahan. "I hear there's a rumor that there will be a more shocking development from the Second Mile Foundation -- and hold on to your stomachs, boys, this is gross, I will use the only language I can -- that Jerry Sandusky and Second Mile were pimping out young boys to rich donors. That was being investigated by two prominent columnists even as I speak."
But Madden wasn't done there.
"The other thing I think that may eventually become uncovered, and I talked about this in my original article back in April, is that I think they'll find out that Jerry Sandusky was told that he had to retire in exchange for a cover-up," he added. "If you look at the timeline, that makes perfect sense, doesn't it?
Again, those are just rumors. But as Mediaite notes, "Madden now has a proven track record and this is easily the biggest story in the country so expect this rumor to get a full investigation. Unlike, unfortunately, the original rape allegations."
He also addressed the decision on his Twitter account: