Friday, July 20, 2012

Should Joe Paterno Statue Be Took Down ? HYFR

I been thinking about this for some time now, I mean I really have. Took me a while to even start writing this without getting mad. You all know Joe Paterno ? Joseph Vincent "Joe" Paterno (December 21, 1926 – January 22, 2012), often referred to as "JoePa", was an American college football coach who was the head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions for nearly 46 years, from 1966 until 2011 when he was fired for failing to protect children from sexual abuse by his coaching staff. At the time of his death he held the record for the most victories by an NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) football coach with 409 and was the only FBS coach to reach 400 victories. He coached five undefeated teams that won major bowl games and, in 2007, was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach. In November 2011, he was fired by the university as a result of the child sex abuse scandal at Penn State involving his former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. An investigation conducted by former FBI director Louis Freeh concluded, in July 2012, that Paterno was complicit in concealing the activities of Sandusky and dissuading other university officials from reporting him to the authorities in 1998 and 2001.

Former FBI director Louis Freeh, whose firm was hired by the Penn State Board of Trustees to conduct an independent investigation into the scandal, concluded, after interviewing over 400 people and reviewing over 3.5 million documents, that Paterno, Spanier, Curley and Schultz had deliberately conspired to conceal Sandusky's actions in order to protect publicity surrounding Penn State's vaunted football program. Freeh's investigation found that by their actions, the four men "failed to protect against a child sexual predator harming children for over a decade." The report concluded that Paterno, along with Schultz, Spanier and Curley "concealed Sandusky's activities from the Board of Trustees, the University community and authorities."

 Emails uncovered by Freeh’s investigation revealed that Paterno had lied to the grand jury on at least two occasions: first, when testifying that he was unaware of any possible child abuse by Sandusky prior to the 2001 Lasch shower rape, and second, in claiming that he had only once spoken to Tim Curley about the 2001 incident. Emails uncovered by Freeh's team showed Paterno had, in fact, closely followed an earlier 1998 investigation about possible child molestation by Sandusky. In 2001, while Paterno claimed his only discussion regarding McQueary's report to him about Sandusky in the Lasch showers was with Curley immediately following the incident, subsequent emails revealed he had engaged in additional conversations with Curley pressuring him (and Schultz and Spanier) not to report the rape to police. 
In addition, the report said that even after Sandusky's retirement in 1999 Paterno, Schultz, Spanier and Curley "empowered Sandusky to attract potential victims to the campus and football events by allowing him to have continued, unrestricted and unsupervised access to the University's facilities and affiliation with the University's prominent football program."

Now I ask you this is the man you want to be outside of your football field ? This should be the face of your school ? I think they need to not only take down the statue but the NCAA should give them the death penalty, For people that don't know what the death penalty is, it's when National Collegiate Athletic Association's use power to ban a school from competing in a sport for at least one year. It is the harshest penalty that an NCAA member school can receive.
For this school Penn State they should get 5 years. 

The death penalty was given to SMU football back in 1987 for paying players to come play for them. Now if you are giving it out for that, why shouldn't it be given out for this ? I mean the NCAA can not sit here and tell me that other schools to this day don't pay players. That's another post. Back to this. Take the statue down. This man knew about kids being raped and did nothing about it. People like to say that "Oh he told the school" Oh, I didn't know that telling the school was telling the cops. On top of that, that adds to the reason why the school need to get DP. They knew about this going on. They put football over humans. To hell with football you tell the damn cops, after you kick his ass when you seen him in the shower. 

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