The sexual abuse scandal at Penn State continues to grow. Legendary ex-football coach Joe Paterno, who has support from the "heads stuck in the sand" student body, has hired a criminal defense attorney. It seems that Joe Pa may need to loan his attorney to some of the students who participated in violent protest after his firing. That being said, Coach Paterno has a famous alumnus who has come out in full support of his former coach. That person? Former Penn State and Pittsburgh Steelers running back Franco Harris. Harris is apparently upset by the manner in which Paterno was fired by Penn State's Board of Trustees.
Harris believes that the firing is an "over reaction" by the board. He told Ed Schultz on MSNBC that Paterno did what he was supposed to do in this situation. Harris said that Paterno "reported the allegation" and this resulted in the alleged child abuser, former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky leaving the program. He was also upset that Paterno recieved a phone call, which served as his notification that his services were no longer needed, effective immediately. Is Franco Harris so blinded by loyality to Joe Paterno that he can't see the bigger picture? Is this the first postulate of Penn State football, do not snitch on a fellow member of the football organization? You can not criticize Joe Pa?
Franco, being a member of the Football Hall of Fame does not translate into common sense, does it? The fact is that Joe Paterno did not fullfill a moral obligation to the young boy who was in the shower with Sandusky. He did not contact law enforcement. There are things which are more important than winning a college football game, and helping this young boy was one of those things. How dare Paterno attempt to come off as a victim. He lost his job as a football coach. What did those young boys lose Franco? Does that matter to you?
It's nice that you want to defend and support your legendary college football coach, Franco Harris. I would like to remind you one thing, Franco.
Victims do not reach out to criminal defense attorneys.