It is my never-to-be-humble opinion that coach Joe Paterno from Penn State ought to be in jail. Fired wasn’t enough. Let’s see, endangering the welfare of minors, knowing kids were being molested and not reporting it to the police? I don’t know, I think that should be actionable.
The other night just before I went to sleep, I turned on the computer looking to see if there’s anything I really need to talk about on my program the next day. What I saw was a video of 2,000 moronic, amoral young people, spoiled rotten with no moral compass clapping, laughing, smiling and shouting, “We stand up for our school! Paterno is our iconic hero!.” These were totally misguided protests from creepy kids on the campus. And they had nothing to say about the victims. Me? I would throw them all out of school.
Jerry Sandusky abused little boys over a period of 15 years. Not only that, but the story gets worse when you learn where some of them were “done”. I would say, “More than ever Paterno should be fired. He took no moral responsibility and did not follow through on the information he knew so he could protect little kids. And yet he talks about his 17 grandkids…”
Would he have felt differently if Sandusky had done one of his grandkids? I don’t know. Think he would’ve stepped forward to do anything? What? And mess with Penn State football? I don’t know, maybe he’d sacrifice one of his own grandkids too; I have no clue. But those 2,000 students, who had no clue, morally, as to what this was really all about, make me sick for our future. And the parents…if you’re parents of any of those kids who were out there, you should be embarrassed you produced critters like that.
Good for the board for not allowing Paterno to write the blueprint for his own exit. He wanted to leave on his own terms. Creep. He wanted to finish out the season. They got his butt out of there anyway. He didn’t help the young victims of “alleged” sexual predator Jerry Sandusky, his former defensive coordinator, and he knew about it.
Paterno made a statement on Wednesday. He described himself as “‘absolutely devastated’ by the recent indictment of Sandusky for 40 counts of sexual abuse across 15 years.” He promised “to pray for the ‘comfort and relief’ of the victims identified.” And he had the friggin’ gall to say, “With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more.” That’s an admission of guilt. The victims probably wish he had done more too.
To add to this, the current assistant coach Mike McQueary, who was then a graduate assistant, walked into the Penn State shower to see Sandusky raping a 10 year old boy, and turned around and walked out. He turned around and walked out. He is 6’4″, 220 pounds, and he turned around and walked out. He didn’t call the police. He told his dad and he told Paterno. “I saw it with my own eyes.” And what did that bastard do? Nothing. Why? Probably because he thinks, “I am God. I am a football coach for Penn State.”
Loyal students camped outside Paterno’s house chanting, “Joe must stay!,” cheering a man who could’ve stopped a predator from attacking kids, had he just dialed 911. They are cheering to keep him because football is king, success breeds power, power breeds influence, influence breeds a bullet-proof arrogance and most of our young people have absolutely no concept of morality.