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Joe Paterno says he 'backed away'

Updated: January 15, 2012, 6:12 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Joe Paterno, a day before re-entering the hospital with cancer-treatment complications, made his first public statements since being fired after 46 seasons at Penn State, telling The Washington Post he did not know how to deal with the situation when he received a report that his former defensive coordinator was accused of abusing a boy in the showers.

"I didn't know exactly how to handle it and I was afraid to do something that might jeopardize what the university procedure was," ...

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