11:06 AM EST, November 10, 2011
It’s about the victims. Joe Paterno isn’t one of them.
Somebody explain that to the Penn State students who rioted late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning after Paterno was fired by the university’s board of trustees.
Thank goodness that at least one adult at Penn State finally read the grand jury report and came to the obvious conclusion that Paterno aided and abetted an alleged child rapist.
Paterno could’ve stopped the allegedly sick, despicable Jerry Sandusky. Paterno should’ve stopped the monster. He didn’t. He betrayed a trust.
It’s about the victims. It’s not about the most powerful man on campus who was morally bankrupt.
Tell that, as well, to the Happy Valley media or whatever lobotomized villagers weaseled into the room where Paterno’s firing was announced. Which was the right thing to announce -- the only thing to announce.
But dumbstruck, or more likely just plain dumb, many people in that room came off as fans and boosters, not professionals. That wasn’t a news conference to announce an overdue firing at Penn State. That was a PTA meeting banning the teaching of creationism.
Some idiot in that room wanted a reason that justified Paterno’s firing? There are at least eight boys who could give you a reason.
And there will be more victims coming forward. Reportedly, the original disgusting count already has doubled.
It is heartbreaking to imagine how big that number could get.
It’s is stomach-turning to think it occurred even once.
It is gutless that a man who could’ve done so much ultimately did so little, and in fact, tacitly endorsed Sandusky’s allegedly heinous behavior when he didn’t call the police and ban him from the campus immediately.
Calling Paterno a hypocrite is mild. Calling him a monster is over the top. But the deluded old man is closer to the latter for failing to display the decency to do the right thing that he had yammered on about for years.
And then the mentally homeless massed at Paterno’s house. If you saw your kid in any of those shots, parents, make sure to ask why he or she gathered to support child abuse. Because that’s what it was. A rally in favor of pedophilia. Yeah, mom and dad, make sure you talk to Bud and Sissy about that. Should be some Thanksgiving dinner, that one.
Some idiot asked the vice-chairman of the Penn State trustees about Paterno’s right to go out with dignity.
Make. Me. Puke.
Paterno didn’t deserve to go out on his own terms because some defenseless children will not be allowed to live their lives on their own terms.
It’s about the victims. Joe Paterno is not one of them.
Copyright © 2014 Chicago Tribune Company, LLC