Joe Paterno

Joe Paterno

Yesterday,  a legend passed away. Joe Paterno, the most seasoned coach in college football history, winning 409 games, succumbed to lung cancer two months after being fired as head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions. He was eighty-five.

Now, instead of celebrating this man’s life, his legacy will forever be tainted because of a child molestation scandal that occurred during his forty-six year tenure at Penn State. He allowed his assistant, Jerry Sandusky, to molest young boys while being there, a case of guilt by association.

The issue I have with this is that while Joe could have done more to protect those children, he went to his superiors to report it. The superiors did nothing but keep it covered up. Joe was the fall guy when the scandal broke in the media. Penn State’s Athletic Director protected Sandusky, and my question is why? Aren’t  children our future? Why was this man given the opportunity to continuously hurt the children? More importantly, why was Joe the fall guy? Yeah, it happened on his watch, although Sandusky wasn’t his assistant when one of the crimes was committed. But, this man’s legacy is forever tarnished by the actions of a pedophile that should have been stopped a long time ago.

In his last interview, Joe said, “This is a tragedy. It is one of the great sorrows of my life. With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more.” If that is not a man who felt remorse, I don’t know what is.

RIP Joe V. Paterno

Joe Paterno

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