Dateline State College, PA, the Child Rape Capital of North America. Welcome to the first day of the rest of “the Joe Paterno Legacy”. Today saw the announcement of the results of the Louis Freeh investigation into the multiple child rapes and alleged coverup of same by Joe Paterno and others at Penn State.
The findings maintained that Joe Paterno and his superiors (some of whom had played football for the coach decades ago and over whom he seems to have had inordinate influence in my opinion) showed complete disregard for the safety of the victims and potential future victims of Paterno’s assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. Sandusky was found guilty of continuing to rape several children over the course of fourteen years at least. So make that at least FOURTEEN YEARS since Joe Paterno and company were made aware of the accusations against the convicted child rapist.
Yes, the investigation held that “Family Values” Republican Joe Paterno had known since at least 1998 about the Jerry Sandusky situation. The investigation further held that Paterno and his superiors seemed more concerned with sparing Paterno and the Penn State football program public embarrassment than with alerting child welfare authorities. Meanwhile Sandusky continued to rape children, sometimes IN PENN STATE FACILITIES during that time and the strongest reaction of Paterno and company was to advise Sandusky to stop “hosting” his child “guests” on Penn State property.
What a strong stand! A reasonable person could paraphrase that sentiment as “Kindly refrain from raping any more children at Penn State facilities. It might inconvenience Joe Paterno by embarrassing him with a police investigation and giving his bureaucratic critics at Penn State some ammunition to keep him and his football program in line.”
The investigation also showed that Paterno lied when he claimed no knowledge of the 1998 investigation into Sandusky’s activities. In addition evidence indicated that even when Curley and others among Paterno’s supposed superiors wanted to go to child welfare authorities they met with Paterno and, suddenly that plan went by the wayside.
Paterno often pompously moralized about Family Values, especially when doing political commercials for Republican candidates like George W Bush. Who better to lecture the rest of us about Family Values than a man found to be involved in a coverup of multiple child rapes?
Paterno’s family kept claiming the investigation would clear “JoePa” (or maybe that should now be “JoePed”) just like they kept claiming there was no danger of the rude and petty little man getting fired … the same day he DID get axed. That same night Paterno complained to the soon-to-be-rioting mob on his front lawn about the indignity of getting fired BY PHONE! Tsk, tsk! And people call the raped children the victims in all this! Poor JoePed!
What will the deluded zombies of State College do now to pretend that Joe Paterno wasn’t involved in covering up multiple child rapes for fourteen years? I’m sure they’ll come up with something. While they’re busy doing that (and I’m sure I’ll get more threatening emails from Paterno’s savage fans and players) let’s ponder a few questions:
Q: Should “Camping out in Paternoville”, which used to refer to the tent city where students would camp out for tickets to Penn State football games, now be used as a euphemism for people disgracefully failing to act on accusations of multiple child rapes? You know, something like “Instead of calling the police or child welfare authorities while several children were being raped over and over and over again for fourteen years they were too busy camping out in Paternoville.”
Q: What really did happen to District Attorney Ray Gricar, who disappeared during an earlier investigation of Sandusky? (He’s been declared legally dead and his computer hard drive, containing details on his investigations at the time, was found in the same body of water that his office computer was found in after he vanished. The water damage prevented any data from being recovered.)
Q: Should the Penn State Nittany Lions now change their name to the Sodomy Lions? Or maybe the Fighting Child Rapists?
Q: Shouldn’t Paterno get stripped of all victories going back to 1998 so we no longer have to hear about this unfeeling monster leading Division One for football victories? Coaches have been stripped of wins for much less.
Q: How about changing the name of the Penn State football stadium to “The house that child rapes built”?
And most importantly:
Q: What can be done in the future to prevent callous and in the end pathetic figures like Joe Paterno from exerting so much influence over an institution of higher learning just because they coach a winning football team?