During a rally in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, Donald Trump brought up former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, who passed away in 2012.
“I know a lot about Pennsylvania, and it’s great. How’s Joe Paterno? We gonna bring that back? Right?” he asked the crowd. “How about that whole deal?”
It was initially unclear whether Trump was asking about Paterno himself or a statue of the football coach that was removed from the university’s campus. Following the rally, the Trump campaign clarified that he was referring to the statue.
Paterno died in 2012 shortly after he retired from Penn State in the wake of a sex abuse scandal involving football coach Jerry Sandusky. A statue of Paterno was removed from outside the university’s football stadium in 2012 following reports that he helped conceal allegations of Sandusky’s sex abuse.
Watch Trump’s Wednesday night comments via Philadelphia station WPVI: