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I never suspected that Joe was a pedophile.....
Originally posted by Matt1951
Here is my speculation on the situation. Whatever else we can say about Joe Paterno, he is not a pedophile. People who are not pedophiles do not like pedophiles. For Sandusky to be so bold as to commit the crimes at the PSU football facility, means he knew he had protection at high places. Most likely Spanier. Paterno knew what he was fighting, and feels ashamed he did not do more. The FBI needs to put Paterno and Sandusky in witness protection before they are 'suicided' by the pedo ring. Or being 'disappeared' like the DA. The reason for protecting Sandusky, to make sure he talks in court.
Originally posted by jerryznv
I find it difficult to blame Joe Paterno...I think the blame is more fairly laying on the shoulders of the upper administration...Joe reported it to them and they took no action.
In my opinion...Joe Paterno is just a scape goat and it is unfair.
Either way it is a tragedy for the children and nothing is going to rectify that!
Originally posted by butcherguy
For many years, Joe Paterno ran a very tight ship at Penn State's football program. He was a model citizen that lived a modest life, donating the largest part of his salary to the school.
All that has changed. Joe did the right thing legally, but in a moral sense, he failed miserably.
Firing him was the right move by the board of trustees, which includes the governor of the state of PA. Joe should have resigned yesterday and saved the fans the disgrace of seeing him fired, which no one would have ever predicted a year ago.
College football is too big.
Universities are supposed to be about higher learning, not about operating a sports business that generates $50 million a year. JMHO.edit on 10-11-2011 by butcherguy because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by mugger
Joe Pa did nothing illegal and reported it to his superiors. They failed to have it investigated.
I find it very hard to believe someone witnessed Sandusky in the act and was not stopped. It is not Paterno's job to take any action on his own based on one account of a student and sent it to the proper people. They failed to look into it.
This was just the excuse the board needed to replace Joe without the alumni getting into an uproar.
Originally posted by Leo Strauss
This story is about arrogance and greed!
You are 28 years old you walk into a shower room and see 50 to 60 something year old man a** raping a 10 year old boy. What do you do?
a. run away, call your dad and go see 'coach'
b. Call 911 and stop the man from raping the child (not necessarily in that order)
Why did he go see 'coach' instead of report a terrible crime to the police? Maybe he didn't want to hurt the university? Maybe he was afraid it would hurt his future coaching career?
When he came to see 'coach' why didn't 'coach' call the police immediately? Why didn't 'coach' show his young assistant what one should do when they witness a terrible crime? Why? Because he WAS teaching the young assistant what he should do! The lesson was that his duty is to protect the reputation of the football program and Penn State at all costs. That was the lesson that Joe Paterno was teaching that day.
Personally I think this story is not over yet.
"the rumor mill says that the grand jury testimony shows (not appearing in the indictment since these are not facts relevant to the indictments of sandusky, cey, schultz) that 3 days after mcqueary's meeting with cey/schultz, paterno followed up and was told that a full investigation was occurring. having heard nothing, approx. 3 months later, paterno followed up again and was told that the police and the DA were not going to pursue the matter. It is reported that Paterno's reaction was one of anger and that he demanded that Sandusky be barred from campus. Paterno was told that he didn't have that authority as the football coach. Paterno then said he was going to bar Sandusky from all football facilities and was told that he did not have that authority. (4th hand from the AG's office. Assign veracity accordingly.)"