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I do understand how very difficult it would be for Paterno to delve into this issue and follow up vigorously. It's a repugnant act, children are involved, a close friend assistant coach is involved, and he doesn't want to believe it. Not to mention he's from a different generation where these things just aren't discussed. It's a very difficult wall to break down and I get that.
I was put in a similar situation about 15 years ago with a close family member. His now ex-wife came to me saying "Roy, there is something going on here and I don't know what to do". And I went through all the disbelief and wanting to run away or ignore it or just push it off kinds of things. And after a sleepless night and some soul-searching and cousel from a wise wife, I said "OK, let's see what's going on". And asked a lot of very-hard-to-ask questions that eventually included police and criminal charges and jail and divorce and a whole raft of some really bad stuff.
So I get how hard it is to turn someone in for this. But doesn't absolve you of a moral obligation to follow it through to the bitter end. At least that's how I felt.
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In all honesty, if I'm Penn State, if at the end of the day, the sentence is Joe doesn't coach another game, then quite honestly they should forfeit the rest of the season.
Because if I'm the university, and I say what Joe Paterno did was shameful and we can't continue to have him represent our university, what was done by everyone above and around Joe was equally if not more shameful. Blast him for not doing anything more than the legal minimum. But at least he did the legal minimum.
If you want to make a statement, forfeit the games, offer the money from season tickets back to the people who bought it with the caveat that anyone who doesn't ask for their money back will have that amount donated to a charity dedicated to helping children recover from disgusting acts like this.
I'd also go about setting up a fund to reimburse the victims of the tragedy. If you have to massage the legalese that's fine, but be up front about your complicity as a University and your failure to act.
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Probably not. I simply don't see the point in the University-which on the whole was more complicit in the crime than Paterno-deciding that he's no longer fit to represent them.
A person human reports child abuse because it's their duty as a human being: whether that duty is legal or moral. Put another way, a person reports child abuse for the same reason that if a child runs in front of their car they stop the car: because to do anything else is disgusting and cruel.
I still don't understand what the point of mentioning Tressel was. In other words, had Paterno reported this, and had it just come out now for some reason, I don't think any normal person's first thought would have been: "wow, Paterno did what Tressel could not," which is what you seemed to be saying.
That's the difference in a man and a weasel. I couldn't care less what Paterno has done in his life, how many people he's helped, any amount of charity work he's done.
When faced with the knowledge that one of his subordinates raped a child in the Penn State locker room, there's nothing to decide... nothing else to consider. He's a gutless old man who deserves to be run out of town on a rail for sharing in the disgrace his administration's lack of common decency has brought on this once proud program.
No, Paterno doesn't deserve the same degree of repudiation that the child rapist. Good for him, he only gets remembered as the head of the program which enabled it to go on for years.
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It's also kinda crazy how the DA who decided not to prosecute Sandusky a long time ago, even though he apparently got a confession, went missing and is presumed dead.
RT: @Stray "It's also kinda crazy how the DA who decided not to prosecute Sandusky a long time ago, even though he apparently got a confession, went missing and is presumed dead."
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