Scott Paterno's statement on behalf of Joe Paterno

In this Oct. 22, 2011 file photo, Penn In this Oct. 22, 2011 file photo, Penn State football coach Joe Paterno walks off the field after warm ups before Penn State's NCAA college football game against Northwestern, in Evanston, Ill. Photo Credit: AP

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I have been asked by my father to make a brief statement on his behalf.

Like everyone who has watched this story unfold, my father is experiencing a range of powerful emotions.  He is absolutely distraught over what happened to the children and their families. He also wants very much to speak publicly and answer questions.

At this stage, however, he has no choice but to be patient and defer to the legal process.  He cooperated fully with the Grand Jury and he will continue to cooperate with the investigation as we move forward.

On behalf of my father, I have retained Wick Sollers at the law firm of King and Spalding.  My father's desire is for the truth to be uncovered and he will work with his lawyers to that end.  Going forward, Mr. Sollers has directed my father, our family and everyone associated with us to make no further public statements and to respond to no media inquiries.  We will honor this request. Accordingly, all requests for comments or other information should be directed to Mr. Sollers.

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