I’m sure by now everyone’s heard about the child sex abuse scandal going on at Penn State and the involvement of their football coach, Joe Paterno. Jerry Sandusky, former defensive coordinator, was allegedly abusing little boys…with one incident taking place in the Penn State locker room. The incident was reported to Joe Paterno and Joe, in turn, reported it to the university administrators. Nothing was done, it wasn’t reported to the authorities and the abuse continued.
This morning, it was announced that Joe Paterno would step down as head coach at the end of this season. Some people are calling for his immediate resignation while others would like to see him remain as head coach.
I understand why people would want him to stay…why they don’t want to believe he did anything wrong. The man is a legend. He’s the oldest and most winning coach in college football. He’s an institution…and now his legacy and his 46 year career as head coach will forever be tarnished by this scandal. It’s really unfortunate.
However, what happened to those kids was tragic. If the allegations are true, those children’s lives were changed forever at the hands of Jerry Sandusky.
Now, I wasn’t there. I don’t know exactly what happened. But it seems that that people knew about what was happening…they could have stopped it, but they chose to do nothing. It seems as though they chose the reputation of their school and their football team over the well being of those kids. And that is completely unacceptable.
If Joe Paterno was one of those people…one of the ones who knew and did nothing to stop it, then he deserves whatever happens…and he should step down now.
What do you think? Did Joe know what was going on? Should he have done more? Or is he just caught up in an unfortunate scandal?