Tag:Joe Paterno
Posted on: November 10, 2011 9:02 pm

Joe Paterno Has Full Support From Franco Harris

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.

Posted on: November 10, 2011 12:22 am

Joe Paterno Fired - What Took So Long?

Joe Paterno was fired by Penn State University due to his involvment in the alledged sex abuse scandal swirling around his former assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky. The major question corncerning this situation is simply, why did it take so long? Of all the allegations attributed to Sandusky, the one which is most troubling is the one that Paterno was said to have been notified of. A graduate assistant coach alledgedly witnessed Sandusky abusing a child in the Penn State football locker room's shower area in 2002. The grad assistant told his father, and the two then notified Paterno. In turn, Paterno notified the athletic director, who referred the situation up the chain of command at Penn State.

The result? Nothing happened. Zilch. Nada. Once this came to light, the grad assistant and Paterno had an absolute moral and legal responsibilty to notify law enforcement. It looks as if Paterno, along with the university, were looking to protect Sandusky, who helped Paterno win games and championships in Happy Valley. There is nothing happy about what Sandusky is allegded to have done. What makes it worse? Paterno could have stopped the cycle of abuse back in 2002, but chose not to. Paterno chose loyality to a suspected child abuser and Penn Stae University's name, rather than protect a child.

Paterno lost the rght to leave Penn State on his own terms when he failed to protect children by not going after Sandusky. Paterno said: “I grieve for the children and their families, and I pray for their comfort and relief.” Sorry, that statement comes across as pure hogwash. It is the statement of someone who got caught not making proper notifications to law enforcement. he should have been fired the moment Sandusky was arrested and Paterno's role in the scandal. The winningest coach in NCAA Division I football history has been let go. Not a moment too soon.


For all those protesting Joe Paterno's firing due to the sex abuse scandal, ask yourselves this: If one of the victims were your brother, cousin, nephew, or any other relative, how would you feel about seeing everyone supporting a man who turned his head and ignored the abuse of your relative? Think before you protest.
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