Joe Paterno continues to pompously think he should get to go out on his own terms. His announcement that he will retire at the end of the season is appalling considering the fact that Penn State officials who have allegedly been neglecting the child rape situation for MUCH LESS TIME THAN PATERNO is alleged to have been neglecting it are out the door. If “Coach” Paterno wanted a baseball style tour of the parks he could have had it years ago by retiring then. For anyone to waste a nanosecond of their time worrying about whether “Mr Inaction” deserves to go out on his own terms is unbelievable, even for the sports publicists who work for ESPN. (They’re not reporters. They’re publicists. Yahoosports and Sports Illustrated have reporters, not ESPN in my opinion)
If Joe “Alleged Pedophile Enabler” Paterno was simply gone from the school as of today, voluntarily or not, I wouldn’t even be doing another Paterno post. But if Joe insists on lingering, I think he deserves to be treated at least as roughly as he would have treated a player who kept missing their blocking assignments. And the Joe Paterno we’ve seen from these allegations certainly would have done more to correct the mechanics of an errant player than he did to intervene in alleged child rape incidents.
WHY DIDN’T YOU CALL THE POLICE, PATERNO? That is the only question that needs asked at this point. If Paterno is the least bit sincere that this Jerry Sandusky situation is “one of the great sorrows of his life” and in hindsight he “wishes he had done more”, well, he had plenty of years to do more. Pretty odd that it wasn’t until all this became public that “Coach” Paterno suddenly regrets not doing more. As far as we know at present he had since 2002 to do more. Considering that Sandusky still had access to Penn State facilities as of just a few days ago it seems it would be hard to forget “one of the great sorrows” of your life if you’re seeing the man who embodies it around your workplace on a regular basis. Again, though, there may have been a wide receiver who wasn’t running his routes properly. A situation like that is apparently higher up on Paterno’s “to do” list than calling the cops about alleged multiple child rapes.
Joe “Alleged Pedophile Enabler” Paterno is still elevating himself above the victims and their families by insisting on staying through the end of the season. Does this man have an ounce of conscience? Him figuratively flipping the bird to whatever personal enemies he may have at Penn State by finishing out the season obviously is more important to him than the ruined lives of the alleged victims “or whatever they wanna say” as Joe callously referred to them last night. Paterno has stopped being a Grandpa Simpson/ Elmer Fudd/ Hans Moleman joke and become a seemingly uncaring monster. Years from now when the butt- kissing sports publicists at ESPN are swooning over their memories of JoePa take a few minutes to think of the lives that were detoured in a very horrible way and of the children who may have been prevented from fulfilling their potential by this nightmarish violation. And ponder how well JoePa’s own sons would have done in life if they had been raped in the shower by one adult while others refrained from calling the cops.
P.S. A very dear friend has wondered if the RICO statutes might be relevant in the “ongoing enterprise” at Penn State. Food for thought. One also wonders if “Coach” Paterno is liable in any lawsuits that could result from all this.