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Paterno To Remain in Brown Hall of Fame: Did the University Make the Right Decision?

Sports 2012/09/15 18:57:30
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Late Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno's reputation has taken a hit of epic proportions in the last year. The statue honoring him outside of Penn State was removed, as was his spot on a famous on-campus mural. The NCAA also took it upon itself to vacate his wins and college football records. Paterno's alma mater Brown University, however, has opted to take a different route.

The Ivy League university has chose to have Paterno remain in its Hall of Fame, despite damning evidence that linked him to knowing about child molestation going on at Penn State and refusing to take proper action. Brown did remove Paterno's name from awards he won while at the school. He attended Brown from 1946-1949 and was inducted to its Hall of Fame in 1978.

Paterno passed away in January, but not before his legacy became completely tarnished due to the Jerry Sandusky scandal. His family has vehemently denied the accusations brought against him. Brown has received heavy criticism for keeping Paterno in the Hall of Fame, but it was agreed upon by its governing board.

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  • Hawkeye 2012/09/15 21:14:52
    No
    Hawkeye
    +8
    "The decision to remove the statue came ten days after the release of a scathing report by former FBI director Louis J. Freeh which found that Paterno had conspired with three other top Penn State administrators to conceal allegations of child sexual abuse made against former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. According to the Freeh report, the motive was self-serving: to shield the university and its football program from negative publicity."

    Whatever the motivation or cause for Paterno's actions,, they were nevertheless IMMORAL and ILLEGAL and the VICTIMS of his actions were Children.. ACTIONS have consequences and Paterno's are no different..

    If EVER there was a PRIME example of that old saying,, " A Lifetime of GOOD works can be cancelled out by ONE heinous deed.." THIS is one of them..

    Paterno should be a lesson to ALL of us.. "All that is necessary for EVIL to Flourish is for GOOD men and women to stand by and do nothing.."..

    ALL the MORE so if that man or woman takes a willing part in HIDING it from view..

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  • Hawk Cal 2012/09/16 00:12:27
    Hawk
    Medic - I ask this with all due respect. If you were at a party and you knew a rape was in progress in one of the rooms; would you stop it, report it, or just ignore it?
  • Patric Cal 2012/09/16 00:19:15
    Patric
    paterno was an accomplice to the rape ..

    paterno for now till the end of time is in shame.. shame, shame,
  • TessHM Patric 2012/09/16 04:25:18
    TessHM
    Jesus christ, we get it.
  • Patric TessHM 2012/09/16 12:05:41
    Patric
    it seems you and I do get it.

    it seems medic is confused with this...

    but , either way thank you for your support... :)
  • Red 2012/09/15 21:31:09
  • Sister Jean 2012/09/15 21:26:47
  • r-w-wako Sister ... 2012/09/15 21:28:24
    r-w-wako
    Oh, Sister, I don't believe you raved my crude remark...
  • mikeeonly 2012/09/15 21:24:49 (edited)
    Yes
    mikeeonly
    he deserves it. But also could deserve the hall of shame. LOL
  • Charles R. Anderson 2012/09/15 21:16:00
    Yes
    Charles R. Anderson
    +1
    More than enough has been done to Paterno's reputation because of the Sandusky affair. Brown, which long ago had put him in its Hall of Fame, should not be pressured to remove him. I graduated from Brown University with an Sc.B. in Physics long ago and I am actually rather pleased that for once, Brown is not being Politically Correct. I really did not think Brown University had enough backbone not to cave in easily on such an issue. A hint of independent thinking is mighty refreshing.
  • Patric Charles... 2012/09/16 00:21:28
    Patric
    " done to paterno reputation " ??

    paterno's reputation is that of allow , hide , a child rapist for 10 years , that is the paternoo legacy ..
  • r-w-wako 2012/09/15 21:14:56
    No
    r-w-wako
    +2
    Maybe the Brown Eye Hall of Fame...
  • Patric r-w-wako 2012/09/16 00:21:48
    Patric
    that was ugly ,,
  • r-w-wako Patric 2012/09/16 22:16:39
    r-w-wako
    +1
    I know. Sorry. The question put a far too obvious straight line out there and I couldn't resist it.
  • Hawkeye 2012/09/15 21:14:52
    No
    Hawkeye
    +8
    "The decision to remove the statue came ten days after the release of a scathing report by former FBI director Louis J. Freeh which found that Paterno had conspired with three other top Penn State administrators to conceal allegations of child sexual abuse made against former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. According to the Freeh report, the motive was self-serving: to shield the university and its football program from negative publicity."

    Whatever the motivation or cause for Paterno's actions,, they were nevertheless IMMORAL and ILLEGAL and the VICTIMS of his actions were Children.. ACTIONS have consequences and Paterno's are no different..

    If EVER there was a PRIME example of that old saying,, " A Lifetime of GOOD works can be cancelled out by ONE heinous deed.." THIS is one of them..

    Paterno should be a lesson to ALL of us.. "All that is necessary for EVIL to Flourish is for GOOD men and women to stand by and do nothing.."..

    ALL the MORE so if that man or woman takes a willing part in HIDING it from view..
  • Red Hawkeye 2012/09/15 21:33:00
  • nerak611 Hawkeye 2012/09/15 22:01:44
    nerak611
    +5
    I spent twenty plus years living about 2-3 hours from Penn State. I felt sorry for Joe Paternal at first until I read what you are mentioning. I no longer feel sorry for him. He was a part in covering it up to protect his status as well as others, putting themselves and wants over doing the right thing, and as a result, allowed it to continue and grow in terms of victims! That's immoral!
  • nerak611 nerak611 2012/09/15 22:06:27
    nerak611
    +2
    It's also an area with a history of high incest, so much so it became 'acceptable', I learned this in sociology class in 1990. It needed to happen for people to become aware of it, over two decades later! It's a huge problem in certain areas, and there's been great effort to cover it up.
  • Lucy nerak611 2012/09/15 23:42:45
    Lucy
    What do you mean area of incest? Incest happens all over the world in many kinds of families.
  • nerak611 Lucy 2012/09/15 23:45:36
    nerak611
    I mean area had one of the highest rates of incest in nation at that time
  • Lucy nerak611 2012/09/15 23:57:14
    Lucy
    How do they really get those statistics?
  • nerak611 Lucy 2012/09/16 00:04:12
    nerak611
    long term studies, number of people who admitted being victims, records kept. Early 1990's.
  • Lucy nerak611 2012/09/16 00:08:15
    Lucy
    +1
    Okay. I just learned the most horrible thing in NY of a father and daughter, because she could not find a husband and wanted a child. It is nauseating and these are educated, but obviously very sick people. The kid is weird too.
  • Hawkeye nerak611 2012/09/15 22:23:01
    Hawkeye
    +4
    The question isn't whether Paterno should remain in the Hall of Fame.. The question should be whether it was worth the PRICE that those children had to PAY so that Paterno COULD remain in the Hall of Fame.. MANY of whom Paterno could have SPARED the price..
  • Patric Hawkeye 2012/09/16 00:22:17
    Patric
    +1
    good post...
  • Yuki ~ ... Hawkeye 2012/09/16 14:58:18
    Yuki ~ ♦Lion King of PHÆT♦
    +1
    Put beautifully. Thank you.
  • Robin B 2012/09/15 21:05:03
    No
    Robin B
    +4
    Three words-code of conduct!
  • Aksana 2012/09/15 21:03:17
    No
    Aksana
  • mothermayhem 2012/09/15 20:55:08
    Yes
    mothermayhem
    +1
    He has already paid.Let it rest.
  • nerak611 motherm... 2012/09/15 22:35:30
    nerak611
    +2
    He has paid, and it is sad, but what about the many who continue to pay for his decision to remain quiet?
  • Patric motherm... 2012/09/16 00:25:01
    Patric
    +1
    there is no amount to pay for the damage that paterno brought to those children.

    hall of shame , that is the paterno legacy .
  • Hopscotch motherm... 2012/09/17 15:54:30
    Hopscotch
    No price is equal to the harm caused.
  • Of Thee I Sing... 2012/09/15 20:54:37
    No
    Of Thee I Sing...
    +5
    He was an enabler for a pedophile.....that was disgraceful....period.
  • Freedom 2012/09/15 20:38:04
    Yes
    Freedom
    +1
    Yeah. What he and the rest of the university did was not good, everyone knows that. But it makes no sense to make like the guy never lived or did anything worthwhile either.

    Yes, it was terrible what happened to those kids and no one should forget that. The man should definitely NOT be worshipped... but he's gone now. No sense to go back and time and erase his accomplishments.
  • Patric Freedom 2012/09/16 00:26:42
    Patric
    +1
    how can anyone even consider to put a honor on to that sick rapist enabler ?

    he allowed the rapist to continue to abuse children in the football locker room for 10 years.

    paterno is an accomplice to these crimes...
  • Freedom Patric 2012/09/16 00:44:44
    Freedom
    +1
    Agreed. I have no love for him, Penn State of football in general. I'm just saying that it seems pointless to go back and try to erase the history books both for his accomplishments and for his neglect of the abused.
  • Patric Freedom 2012/09/16 00:48:44
    Patric
    +1
    not sure, but I think the actions taken were so that PSU did not receive the deaht penality from the ncaa ,

    so , the university , again, comprimised them selves to save the football program..

    poetic justice ? paterno sacrificed the children to the rapist to save his job ,

    the univeristy sacrificed paterno to save some football $$$ ..

    guess there is karma in the world...
  • Freedom Patric 2012/09/16 01:25:52
    Freedom
    +1
    hehe, I guess so...
  • Stevethinks 2012/09/15 20:23:14
    No
    Stevethinks
    +3
    Only sick people build statues to living people: he never should have allowed it. That place needs a public enema. The disgrace is a tattoo that will never wash away.
  • Lucy Steveth... 2012/09/15 23:44:10
    Lucy
    +1
    But, Steve, did he help other young people in his career? I am not sticking up for him; he is a disgrace, but I felt like asking that question.
  • Steveth... Lucy 2012/09/16 02:57:39
    Stevethinks
    The whole school is responsible. I am not stupid, and I do not believe all the guilty have been punished. Many knew the truth. It's is beyond my imagination. And as for whether he did good, it isn't the issue. He did horrible bad.

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