Scott Paterno said he was asked by his father to make a brief statement on his behalf.
He says Joe Paterno is "experiencing a range of powerful emotions" and is "absolutely distraught over what happened to the children and their families."
The statement goes on to say that Scott Paterno has retained Wick Sollers at the law firm of King and Spalding on behalf of his father.
He said that 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."
Scott Paterno's statement, however, said Joe Paterno wants "very much" to speak publicly and answer questions.