Joe Paterno was fired by Penn State University due to his involvment in the alledged sex abuse scandal swirling around his former assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky. The major question corncerning this situation is simply, why did it take so long? Of all the allegations attributed to Sandusky, the one which is most troubling is the one that Paterno was said to have been notified of. A graduate assistant coach alledgedly witnessed Sandusky abusing a child in the Penn State football locker room's shower area in 2002. The grad assistant told his father, and the two then notified Paterno. In turn, Paterno notified the athletic director, who referred the situation up the chain of command at Penn State.
The result? Nothing happened. Zilch. Nada. Once this came to light, the grad assistant and Paterno had an absolute moral and legal responsibilty to notify law enforcement. It looks as if Paterno, along with the university, were looking to protect Sandusky, who helped Paterno win games and championships in Happy Valley. There is nothing happy about what Sandusky is allegded to have done. What makes it worse? Paterno could have stopped the cycle of abuse back in 2002, but chose not to. Paterno chose loyality to a suspected child abuser and Penn Stae University's name, rather than protect a child.
Paterno lost the rght to leave Penn State on his own terms when he failed to protect children by not going after Sandusky. Paterno said: “I grieve for the children and their families, and I pray for their comfort and relief.” Sorry, that statement comes across as pure hogwash. It is the statement of someone who got caught not making proper notifications to law enforcement. he should have been fired the moment Sandusky was arrested and Paterno's role in the scandal. The winningest coach in NCAA Division I football history has been let go. Not a moment too soon.
For all those protesting Joe Paterno's firing due to the sex abuse scandal, ask yourselves this: If one of the victims were your brother, cousin, nephew, or any other relative, how would you feel about seeing everyone supporting a man who turned his head and ignored the abuse of your relative? Think before you protest.