Joe Paterno’s retirement statement is offensive. Fire him now.

Joe Paterno’s retirement statement blows me away.

“I have come to work every day for the last 61 years with one clear goal in mind: To serve the best interests of this university and the young men who have been entrusted to my care.”

Does that include sitting by while they’re being molested?

“At this moment the Board of Trustees should not spend a single minute discussing my status. They have far more important matters to address. I want to make this as easy for them as I possibly can.”

So he’s separating himself from the crime and acting like he’s being magnanimous in doing so.

“With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more.”

A ten year old was raped in the shower. What does he know now that he didn’t know then except that he’d be exposed for his negligence?

“My goals now are to keep my commitments to my players and staff and finish the season with dignity and determination. And then I will spend the rest of my life doing everything I can to help this University.”

So he’s going to show up on the sidelines keeping his commitments? What about the dignity of all those boys who were molested? Clearly, still, all Paterno is doing is thinking about himself and the reputation of the University. This is the kind of twisted thinking that allows sex abuse to go on.

You don’t look the other way when sexual molestation is happening. As long as people in power– respected leaders, “father” figures — continue to do so, whether they are in religious institutions, universities, or governments, kids will continue to be abused at the high rates they are. Who is going to protect them? Not the molester, obviously. Sane adults need to step in, but Joe Paterno acted more like a passive spectator to a crime.

Technically, Paterno did nothing illegal. In 2002, when Paterno’s heir apparent, Jerry Sandusky, was seen raping a ten year old boy in a shower, the eyewitness reported the incident to Paterno. Paterno told the Athletic Director and did nothing more when Sandusky was allowed to stay on.

Joe Paterno is Penn State. There is no one in that institution revered more than he. Paterno let Sandusky stick around to molest more kids. Sandusky is being charged with molesting eight boys from 1994 – 2009. There are probably many more.

How could fans show up at a game on Saturday and cheer on Paterno’s team? How could Penn State allow him to stay on through the season? What message does that send to those boys who Paterno failed to protect? And when the season is over, then and only then, the 84 year old is ‘retiring’? Penn State should do the right thing and fire Paterno now.

3 thoughts on “Joe Paterno’s retirement statement is offensive. Fire him now.

  1. I respectfully disagree with you. We only know what the media is reporting, which is never the raw truth … from what I’ve read from several places, when he was told about the abuse in 2002, it was vague reference to fondling or touching – which begs the question why the witness, feeling it was wrong, didn’t stop it right then? And when he relayed it to Paterno, he didn’t go into detail of what he saw … Sandusky was not on staff, Penn State gave him an office as part of his retirement package. Apparently Sandusky was molesting / raping the children from his at risk youth program he headed up.

    Paterno took the vague information he received and brought it to his superiors, as he should have. They were the ones who should have reported it to the police, and because they didn’t, they have been charged. Paterno did nothing legally wrong – he assumed his bosses were going to take care of this, and he had no reason to believe they wouldn’t. With the information he knows now, he wishes he had done more, but at the time, he thought it WAS being taken care of… He didn’t see the abuse, so he wouldn’t be part of the investigation aside from being a messenger…

    Why isn’t anyone upset that McQuery witnessed the abuse, could have stopped it but chose not to, instead he decided to go to Paterno… and people are anry with Paterno? McQuery is the one who was in a position to at least save that 10 year old and possibly more children from abuse, but so many are going after the person he told instead? McQuery should be ashamed of himself for SEEING abuse happen and doing nothing to stop it… he walked away from the act – THAT is what you should be angry about!

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