Penn State coach Joe Paterno fired amid abuse scandal

sacked o. bị cho thôi chức. cho nghỉ việc, thải hồi, dismissed
with immediate effect o. có hiệu lực tức thì
child abuse scandal o. bê bối về lạm dụng tình dục trẻ em
devastated o. tan nát cõi lòng  oo. rất đau đớn
long-serving o. từng phục vụ lâu năm
as coach o. ở cương vị huấn luyện viên (khi bại bãi chức)
locker room o. phòng thay đồ
along with o. cùng với
assistant coach o. phụ tá huấn luyện viên
released (on bail) o. cho tại ngoại
perjury o. tội khai gian
facilities o. các cơ sở tiện nghi làm việc
on bail o. qua bảo lãnh, sau khi nộp tiền bảo lãnh

One of the most famous coaches in American sport has been sacked over his failure to act against an abuse scandal in connection with his assistant.

Penn State’s head football coach Joe Paterno had earlier said he would retire at the end of the season, and that he was "absolutely devastated".

University President Graham Spanier was also dismissed with immediate effect.

Mr Paterno has been accused of failing to act over alleged child abuse by long-serving assistant Jerry Sandusky.

Mr Paterno has not been implicated (can dự, liên can) in the case.

News of the university trustees’ decision emerged shortly after 22:00 local time on Wednesday (03:00 GMT) when officials held a news conference (tổ chức họp báo)

‘Great sorrows’

Hours before news of his dismissal emerged, Mr Paterno said in a statement on Wednesday: "I am absolutely devastated by the developments in this case. I grieve for the children and their families, and I pray for their comfort and relief.

"I have come to work every day for the last 61 years with one clear goal in mind: to serve the best interests of this university and the young men who have been entrusted to my care. I have the same goal today.

It is alleged that Sandusky abused boys he met through his charity work

"That’s why I have decided to announce my retirement effective at the end of this season."

He added: "This is a tragedy. It is one of the great sorrows of my life. With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more."

Addressing his players in the auditorium of Penn State’s football building, Mr Paterno reportedly broke down in tears as he told his team he was leaving.

He said he wanted the team to finish the season with "dignity and determination" – but was eventually denied that opportunity.

Players gave him a standing ovation when he walked out.

Mr Paterno’s announcement came three days before the Nittany Lions, Penn State’s football team, play their last home game of the season against Nebraska.

The 84-year-old has won 409 games, a record for major college football, and was dismissed in the middle of his 46th year as coach.

Never reported

Former assistant football coach Mr Sandusky was arrested at the weekend for allegedly abusing eight boys between 1994 and 2009.

Mr Paterno has said he alerted the university’s athletic director after he was informed in 2002 of an alleged serious sexual assault by Mr Sandusky on a boy as young as 10 in a locker room shower. But the incident was never reported to police.

Police have said that Mr Paterno fulfilled his minimum legal requirement but have suggested the coach had a moral responsibility to do more.

Penn State’s athletic director Tim Curley along with the university’s senior vice-president Gary Schultz were charged on Monday with failing to report the suspected abuse.

Both men are also accused of perjury during their testimony before a grand jury.

Mr Sandusky retired from Penn State in 1999, but continued to use the university’s facilities for his work with the Second Mile foundation, a charity for vulnerable children.

He is facing 40 criminal charges, and has been released on bail.


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