Looking back at that moment, Levy calls the incident "my proudest moment in college." According to a report released by former FBI director, Louis Freeh in 2012, Paterno knew that his former assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky, was sexually abusing children as far back as 1998 and "did nothing" about it. Earlier this year, court fillings obtained by PennLive claimed that in 1976, a child allegedly told Paterno that he was being sexually molested by Sandusky. Six months before the NCAA handed down a monumental punishment on the Penn State football program, Paterno died of complications from lung cancer on January 22, 2002.
This year, Levy has spoken out against sexual assault on college campuses in a piece for The Players' Tribune while also helping raise more than $30,000 for the Detroit-based program, Enough SAID, which tests and investigates neglected rape kits. In an interview with Men's Journal, Levy was quite honest about his feelings towards Paterno, and how sports in general can overshadow a much more important issue impacting the entire nation. "That dirtbag, man," Levy said. "We've gotta stop prioritizing sports over humanity. Just because somebody can throw a football or coach football, they're excluded from their wicked acts."
While there are some people who may take umbrage with Levy gloating about hurting a then-79-year-old man, this is Paterno we're talking about. It's
difficult impossible to feel sympathetic towards someone who allegedly did nothing when children were being sexually abused by his own assistant coach.
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