Why did Mike Mauti speak out against Jay Paterno?

Mike Mauti made headlines this week after excerpts of John U. Bacon’s book “Fourth and Long” featured several quotes from the former Penn State linebacker discussing some situations he experienced during a tumultuous 2011-2012. After talking to Mauti this week, YDR reporter Frank Bodani explains why Mauti said what he did.

Related: In a column, Frank Bodani writes that for Mauti, talking about 2011 Penn State was therapeutic.

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4 Responses to Why did Mike Mauti speak out against Jay Paterno?

  1. Bill PSU says:

    What a lack of class. If you accept the honor of speaking at someone’s memorial service, you shouldn’t be the one trashing the deceased and his son to a reporter. Mauti should have kept quiet out of respect for the Paterno family.

    • Jim Seip says:

      Bill PSU,

      Mauti has never trashed Joe. He did, however, explain his feelings on a fiery exchange between players and Jay Paterno during the Illinois game in 2011. Only now are those comments coming to surface, long after Joe had been removed as head coach and more than a year after his death. While heated exchanges happen in sports, it’s rare to hear about them at PSU. Mauti chose to speak from the heart and provide his opinion. I don’t believe that shows a lack of class. If anything, especially at a buttoned-up program like PSU, it shows courage. If Mauti’s opinions — and if Jay was as confrontational and divisive as Mauti expressed — perhaps the program would have been better off if more players would have spoke up sooner.

      Jim

      • Tom says:

        I disagree. He did say he didn’t get “the same Joe Paterno” his father did. It does seem kind of contradictory as to what he said other times about Paterno.

        • Frank Bodani says:

          Hi Tom, Frank Bodani here… Thanks for the Mauti messages. I believe Mike’s point is that you can respect and honor Joe but also recognize that he couldn’t do the same job as he did 20 years before. No different than any of us.

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