Leaders just lead. They just do. I’ve said and written this a thousand times over the years.
Coach Joe Paterno didn’t lead.
He may have won football games and have a storied career on the gridiron, but he didn’t lead. He turned a blind eye to child rape. He protected a child rapist. He only acknowledged it when the scandal hit and that isn’t leadership. What he did was criminal and goes far beyond human decency.
He protected a child rapist and he knew about it. He didn’t call the police. Why didn’t any of these folks not call the damned police?
In response, Penn State did not call the police. They did other things, but they did not call the police. Joe Paterno did not call the police, and Tim Curley did not call the police, and Gary Schultz did not call the police. The graduate assistant who witnessed the act did not call the police. Penn State President Graham Spanier did not call the police. A reported child molester and rapist was living and working in their midst, and working in a program that brought him into contact with boys, and not one person called the police.
I know Paterno is worried about his legacy right now, but he doesn’t deserve the one he wanted.
He is going to get the one he earned.