Joe Paterno Has Earned The Legacy He’s Going To Get

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?

I agree with this guy:

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.

Joe Paterno needs to be fired today.

5 comments for “Joe Paterno Has Earned The Legacy He’s Going To Get

  1. November 9, 2011 at 11:26 am

    It would seem to me, from what we know at this point, that what you write so well about, is the fundamental failure in this bizarre and tragic case.

  2. grandefille
    November 9, 2011 at 11:28 am

    You heard me talk about The Rage Monster over at Aunt B’s, so I won’t reiterate. (“Heard me talk.” Should be “saw me write.” Law.) I don’t think my blood pressure has come down yet. Those darling babies, sacrificed for FARKING FOOTBALL. For anything, really, but for a FARKING GAME. All it would have taken was one phone call from the old man to stop every bit of it, 20 years ago. Babies, ruined for life, because of a pervert and a bunch of cowards.

    I continue to agree with anyone, especially you, who calls for the old man’s hide. If one protects a monster, you are a monster, too.


  3. Sherri
    November 9, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Mike McQueary, who witnessed it firsthand did not call the police, he merely reported it to his superior. He should be fired NOW! Joe Pzterno reported it to his superiors, he is stepping down. Mike McQueary si not! Fire MIKE NOW!

    What Joe heard from MIke was what was reported. Mike did not follow or report the crime that he saw. Joe was only aware of what Mike told him and then Joe went to the proper channels to report it and have it investigated.

  4. spencer sarlat
    November 9, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    say it ain’t so Joe

  5. Leslie
    November 10, 2011 at 10:13 am

    How could the coach, the athletic director, and the others on staff who were told of this horrific situation even think that they could ignore this? Or, did they think, because they are the FOOTBALL TEAM, that they could simply turn a blind eye and get away with it? I truly believe the decisions not to follow through on this situation when it was reported is another disturbing, no, terrifying example of ARROGANCE in college football programs in our nation.

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