Tag:Penn State scandal
Posted on: November 8, 2011 6:03 pm
Edited on: November 8, 2011 6:03 pm

Sad End to a Storied Career: Bye, Joe Paterno

There are many reasons to be angry about the recent Penn State scandal:
  1. Jerry Sandusky allegedly did something so horrible and unconscionable, that the allegations alone are enough to make you angry.
  2. Sandusky's cronies covered up the aforementioned child sexual abuse.
  3. Joe Paterno's noble effort to report an offense fell on deaf ears or was presented to people who had their own agenda that did not include basic human decency.
  4. Joe Paterno's career will end in scandal, when his only offense was a lack of follow-up.
True, he should have checked to make sure that his concerns were being addressed.  True, he relied too heavily on university officials when experience should have taught him that some people - when dealing with millions of dollars - will not do the right thing or the moral thing.

However, Paterno is being lumped in with people who had the access to facts and had the power to act where Paterno could not.  Having dealt in similar situations in corporate America, I can tell you that execs become very territorial, and the lawyers swoop in and say, "We'll handle it from here. Your work is done.  Don't ask any more about it or talk to anyone about it."  I'm not saying that Paterno couldn't have done more.  I'm only saying that he may have been disuaded from doing more, and may have even been told that it was being handled.  We don't know.  Paterno's not talking, and that's typical for him.

It's a real shame that a guy who's known for his decency should go down with people who - if the stories are true - are completely removed from even the concept of decency.  It's truly sad.

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