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Lance Mannion on Friday, November 11, 2011 in Sports Squawk, Sunday Sermon | Permalink
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Paterno is not responsible for Sandusky raping young boys BUT he's responsible for not stopping it as soon as he heard about it, for not calling the police and making sure it didn't happen again, at least not in his locker room, not by the man who had been his assistant coach who also ran a charity for young boys. With his firing by Penn State, Paterno has not already been punished enough. He has not, as of now, suffered a reversal of either fate or fortune. He gets to keep his money, his retirement comes a game or two sooner than he wanted it to, and people are already cheering him and demanding he be respected for his "legacy," not for his see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil failure to take responsibility.
This isn't a tragedy for Paterno or Penn State. It's a horror story for the victims. It's a lesson on the perils of power and prestige and making things more important than human beings. A lesson most people don't want to learn, especially some of the students of Penn State. None of that can even begin to compare to the damage done to those kids that Sandusky harmed and Penn State officials failed to protect. Very little that will be done in the way of firings, resignations, or public humiliation will ever even come close.
Earl Bockenfeld |
Friday, November 11, 2011 at 12:38 PM
Here's what Paterno will have to explain: Sandusky was "caught" in 1998. He retired in 1999, at the age of 55 during the prime of his career as one of the best defensive coaches in the nation at any level. And up until that moment Archbishop Paterno's heir apparent. He never worked again as a coach. Why is that? The question answers itself.
Friday, November 11, 2011 at 03:45 PM
Apparently, there's also a missing DA (for five years now)?!
Friday, November 11, 2011 at 11:17 PM
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