After much public hand-wringing by the administration at Penn State, amid outcries of public scorn, Penn State has finally done the right thing and decided to remove the bronze statute of Joe "Nothing to See Here" Paterno from outside Beaver Stadium (here's the take from our SBN colleagues at Black Shoe Diaries). Bear in mind, this is a man, who at the end of the day, chose to do nothing when he was made aware that someone inside his own program was sexually abusing young children. He's a man who chose to protect the golden goose, the football program, literally on the backs of at least a dozen young boys.
What's very pathetic is that there are legions of Penn State students, alums, and fans who think otherwise: who think Paterno deserves to continue to be revered. It's the same sort of deflection strategy we saw from our friends across town when the NCAA came calling, throwing Reggie Bush, Mike Garrett, etc. under the bus, all to protect U$C and Pete Carroll (who was smart enough to bail for the NFL).
According to the Associated Press, approximately 100 to 150 Penn State students were there to protest the removal of the Paterno statute, chanting "We are Penn State" repeatedly. Boy, everyone has some pretty crazy ideals when they're young, but this takes the cake. If I was the parent to one of those students, I'd be embarrassed that I raised a son or daughter without any common sense, who thinks that defending a man who covered up child sexual abuse is okay.
But that's not even the worse part. The Paterno family, of course, had to get their two cents in, sending out a press release that is simply sickening.
Tearing down the statue of Joe Paterno does not serve the victims of Jerry Sandusky's horrible crimes or help heal the Penn State Community. We believe the only way to help the victims is to uncover the full truth. The Freeh report, though it has been accepted by the media as the definitive conclusion on the Sandusky scandal, is the equivalent of an indictment - a charging document written by a prosecutor — and an incomplete and unofficial one at that.
That's just pathetic.
If I could, I'd give every member of the Paterno family the middle finger right in their tonedeaf, disgusting faces. It's just disgusting. Here's a clue folks: apologize. Repeatedly. Donate every cent that your family made on the backs of Joe covering up for Jerry to a foundation to prevent child sexual abuse/counseling for victims of child sexual abuse. Here's a clue Paterno family: everything you are and have was built on the backs of innocent children who were brutally abused by Jerry Sandusky.
Every morning you wake up in your big house, every time you drive your expensive car, every time you put on your fancy watch or nice, expensive clothes, I want you to think of Jerry Sandusky. The money you have in your pockets came because the patriarch of your family, ol' Joe Pa himself, covered up for a disgusting pervert.
Burn in hell Jerry. You too Joe Pa.