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Does Joe Paterno’s Statue Need to Be Removed?

Chris D 2012/07/13 20:00:00
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There has been new damaging evidence brought to light in the past few days that Joe Paterno covered up what he knew about child molester Jerry Sandusky in order not to tarnish the reputation of Penn State University and its sacred football program. It seems that Joe Paterno has tarnished his entire legacy, the football program and the university itself by not doing the right thing and turning Jerry in to authorities.

Bobby Bowden, the longtime Florida State football coach, and close friend of Joe Paterno says that the statue of Paterno on the Penn State campus should be removed. Do you agree with him?

SPORTS.YAHOO.COM reports:
When news surfaced of Joe Paterno's connection with a child sex scandal at Penn State, former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden proclaimed that he only wanted to remember the good things about his friend of 50 years.
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  • gynger.fyer 2012/07/14 05:45:53 (edited)
    Yes, take it down!
    gynger.fyer
    +14
    All the records in the world won't give those boys their innocence back. We should not idolize people who don't protect children from preditors. When an athlete is found to be doping, they strip them of all their medals. This is no different.

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  • Ozymandias Drummerboy 2012/07/15 21:34:23 (edited)
  • Drummerboy Drummerboy 2012/07/15 21:45:57
  • Pebbles Ozymandias 2012/07/15 22:44:17
    Pebbles
    +1
    I didn't know there was a statue of OJ anywhere. And breaking the law is pretty bad, but protecting a predator of children is the worst - there should be a place worse than hell for people like that.
  • Ozymandias Pebbles 2012/07/15 22:47:39
  • Sister ... Ozymandias 2012/07/15 22:45:42
  • Ozymandias Sister ... 2012/07/15 22:49:51
  • OneLastWord 2012/07/15 18:41:54
  • Lolo said so 2012/07/15 16:40:09
    Yes, take it down!
    Lolo said so
    +4
    Leaving the statue up would be saying we are okay with Paterno's decision to not tell authorities. Child molestation is the most hainous and damaging crime in my book and we need to show that we will not tolerate intentional protection of the pervert.
  • jere.chievres 2012/07/15 16:08:41
    Yes, take it down!
    jere.chievres
    +2
    Since he did no thave the cojones to Call the Police on Sandusky HELL YES!
  • RoyJLores 2012/07/15 15:17:58
    No, leave it up!
    RoyJLores
    +4
    How about letting the people of the State and more importantly the college students decide if they want the statue removed or not.
  • Ronzo RoyJLores 2012/07/15 15:24:36
    Ronzo
    +4
    Good point, I'm sure other jealous coaches want Joe's record diminished, and opponents who lose to Penn state on the field will vote to take it down.
  • Drummerboy RoyJLores 2012/07/15 20:58:19
  • RoyJLores Drummerboy 2012/07/15 22:01:43
    RoyJLores
    if the people of Pennsylvania and more importantly the students of that college choose to do that so be it, as long as is THEIR CHOICE what's so hard to understand about that?
  • Drummerboy RoyJLores 2012/07/16 13:49:32
  • RoyJLores Drummerboy 2012/07/16 20:42:15
    RoyJLores
    If the Students council and the administration are at odds with what to do with that statue it could become a big problem so sorry but NO! Student councils do have weight on campus decisions.
  • Drummerboy RoyJLores 2012/07/16 21:12:19
  • RoyJLores Drummerboy 2012/07/16 23:51:47
    RoyJLores
    A better question is "Did they even care?" I know that if a student council cares about something it can apply tremendous pressure to the adm. to change one policy or another.
  • Drummerboy RoyJLores 2012/07/16 23:58:34
  • RoyJLores Drummerboy 2012/07/17 01:06:35
    RoyJLores
    i can't answer that but even then it's still the decision of those that run that college and the students if they decide to pull their weight on that decision not ours which remains the point, unless you are part of the Penn State University adm, which I doubt.
  • Drummerboy RoyJLores 2012/07/17 10:45:45
  • RoyJLores Drummerboy 2012/07/17 15:02:56
  • JackoClubs 2012/07/15 15:09:25
    No, leave it up!
    JackoClubs
    +3
    Why? The guy was employed by Penn State for 60 years.
    He was a championship coach twice, and and led them to winning seasons so often it makes your head spin. Should we just throw all that into the Memory Hole, just because he made an error in judgement like the rest of us? What would that say?
  • Ronzo JackoClubs 2012/07/15 15:28:11
    Ronzo
    +1
    Good points, he without sin cast the first stone.
  • Drummerboy JackoClubs 2012/07/15 21:00:00
  • Emma Drummerboy 2012/07/16 00:44:26
    Emma
    you dont know what he was thinking. You dont know what he thought to make him act like he did so stop pretending
  • Drummerboy Emma 2012/07/16 13:52:25
  • JackoClubs Drummerboy 2012/07/16 23:57:28 (edited)
    JackoClubs
    You have a strange fascination with things anal, don't you?

    Yes; error in judgement.
    Paterno wasn't the perp, here, remember. He probably simply hoped to save the school and his peerless football program the embarrassment. Should he have acted differently? Sure. But hindsight is always 20/20, isn't it?
    But no, he did what he did--or rather, didn't--and there was his all-too-human error in judgement.
    He screwed up, like untold numbers of people every day, who make equally stupid decisions, sometimes with even more tragic consequences. A guy named George Zimmerman leaps to mind. Of course, his bad decision was exacerbated by media hype and rhetoric, but you get what I mean.
    That should be a reason to erase him and his record from Penn State history? I don't think so, personally.
  • Patric JackoClubs 2012/07/19 20:41:46
    Patric
    paterno was an accomplice in the crime ..

    active with held information from authorities..

    suppressed witness from coming forward

    paterno 's legacy ,, knew of, allowed, encouraged the contiuation , provided access , to a child rapist ...

    and it is a sad day in W. Pa. .. paterno let a lot of people down, a lot of children were victimized due to paterno actions / in actions.. sad day indeed.
  • Patric JackoClubs 2012/07/19 20:38:35
    Patric
    error in judgement ?
    such as run a red light ?
    or miss spell a word
    or stutter when execited ?

    or .. active hide a rape
    allow a child rape in the college building
    conspire with other university professionals to with hold information from authorities

    hmm,, looks like you and I have a diference of opinion of what a " error injudgement " is..

    and add this to the judgement pot... for 15 years ,, not 15 days or hours,, YEARS paterno hid the pedophile raping children ,,

    wow, and there are some that will try to defend paterno on this ??? wow,,,
  • Ronzo 2012/07/15 15:08:55 (edited)
    No, leave it up!
    Ronzo
    +1
    If you take it down then those without wrong doings cast the first stone. What about our crooked Chicago style gangsters stirring shi*, liars, dividing the country, Obama will stoop to the lowest level to try to win in November. I hope the true Christians will see we defeat this anti God anti American, hey Obama hasn't got time go to the D-Day Monument that honors the soldiers killed during the Invasion.
    The occasions were:
    1. Barack Obama 2010
    2. Barack Obama 2011
    3. Barack Obama 2012
    This Administration and its Regime and it's Russian style Chicago trained czars have the agenda's of diminishing our Constitution and mocking our Founding Fathers because none were Black. I say all this to make the point that others in higher places have greater sins to be judged. Joe died shortly after the incident surfaced, to bad he let his mistake stress him to accelerated death, to bad our politician's don't have a conscience, too bad they are cold, out of control gutless wonders.
  • Donald Eric Kesler 2012/07/15 14:11:21
    Yes, take it down!
    Donald Eric Kesler
    +3
    The previous pope, Pope John Paul II, and the current pope, Joseph Ratzinger, protected child molesters from civil authorities. They, too, should have the works erected in their honor removed.
  • Ronzo Donald ... 2012/07/15 15:18:43 (edited)
    Ronzo
    +1
    I See, well then maybe we all should be judged by your method. We need to replace every liar and deceiving deadbeat in leadership roles. Hey what about our own judicial courts they protect the OJ's of this world, you see you yourself may have been guilty of covering up for family friends or loved ones. May God judge us by the same standard as we judge others.
  • Donald ... Ronzo 2012/07/15 15:49:54
    Donald Eric Kesler
    There is no god. There is no divine judgment. It is just us humans, doing our very best to sort out what is ethical and proper. All this talk of the judgment of god does nothing the redress the tangible wrongs committed by flesh and blood humans here on planet earth.

    You wrote, “I See, well then maybe we all should be judged by your method.”

    Please do that. On the day I protect a child molester from the law, you can feel free to tear down all of the statues erected in my honor. That is all that I have advocated.
  • john doe 2012/07/15 13:59:31
    Yes, take it down!
    john doe
    +4
    If he was told that his coach was molesting little boys and did not do nothing about it then yes.
  • Patric 2012/07/15 13:42:21
    Yes, take it down!
    Patric
    +1
    it just gets worse and worse , as more and more info comes out .

    at the end ( or beginning of the child rapist trial ) paterno was negotiating a better deal on his retirement , he was bailing out knowing that once the info was public he would be fired ..

    paterno,, you let us down, you turned your back on young boys and allowed them to be raped in your football locker rooms.. you failed us, your failed your family ,, you failed the big test in life,, the test of integrity ... your failed...
  • Blank Blank Blank 2012/07/15 12:21:42
  • john.dutyiii 2012/07/15 08:41:42
    No, leave it up!
    john.dutyiii
    +2
    Joe Paterno didn't handle it right that parts true,but Joe Paterno WAS NOT the child sex predator that did all these atrocious things,and to be honest I don't think Joe even knew how to handle this situation because in his generation he didn't know how to deal with pedophiles.Remember Joe for all the things he did right not a big mistake he made at the end of his career.
  • Donald ... john.du... 2012/07/15 14:16:00
    Donald Eric Kesler
    +2
    It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out what to do. You pick up the phone and you call the police. You tell the police that you just discovered that someone you know is molesting children. It is that simple.
  • Ronzo john.du... 2012/07/15 14:45:01
    Ronzo
    +1
    Joe made a bad judgement call, but hey we got political elected leaders who have been decieving us this past 3 1/2 years, we should take the pay and benifits from our elected officials until they balance the budget. We should take away your wages pensions for your decieving of we the people.
  • Blank B... john.du... 2012/07/15 23:45:00

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