I just love a good debate.
What surprises me most is what happened at a meeting that took place last night in "Happy Valley" with the alumni that were present. They made it clear to the reigning president of that school, that they were unhappy with the firing of one Joe Paterno. One guy shouted out, "why was he fired?" ( see drinking the cool-aid previous post )
Um, can I answer that? You see, old Joe knew that a 10 year old boy was sexually abused in one of the football teams locker room and for years he never reported it to the authorities. Dear alumni, in the human world, that is a bad thing, so, that's why he was fired.
If you witness a burglary or a woman getting beaten on a street corner, or, lets say a 10 year old boy getting raped, would you report it to your boss or call the police? Maybe it's just me, but I'm calling the cops.
As far as the school acting by firing JoePa before "the culprit was convicted?"
Let's review, shall we?
An adult saying he was abused by Sandusky many times when he was 10 yrs old.
An assistant coach saying he SAW Sandusky having sex with a 10 year old boy.
A head coach who admits the assistant coach told him about Sandusky having sex with a 10 year old boy.
I'm sorry, but convicted or not convicted, that really is enough for me. And lets not forget, there are FIFTY other instances we haven't even talked about yet and Sandusky himself saying on national TV that he likes to "horse around" with boys in the shower.
Case freekin Closed.
Let's take this to another level. Let's remove this scenario from the sacred hallowed grounds of "Happy Valley," ( hairs on back of neck standing up ) separate it from a living legend of a football coach and use an example we can all relate to. Let's pick another workplace environment we can use, let's say, a teacher for lack of a better idea and swap some characters around.
Ready, let's play.
School principal =Athletic Director
Head of Art dept = Joe Paterno
art teacher = Mike Mcqueary
Math teacher = Jerry Sandusky
10 yr old boy = 10 yr old boy.
The art teacher one day sees the Math teacher in a empty room having sex with a 10 year old boy.
The art teacher reports this to the head of the art department. ( instead of slamming Math teachers head against any solid object.)
The head of the art department goes to the Principal and reports what the art teacher told him.
For the next 8 or so years the Math teacher is seen frolicking through the halls with other 10 yr old kids.
Then one day, the police arrest the Math teacher because there are over FIFTY ONE complaints against the Math teacher.
It turns out the principal didn't call the cops.
The head of the art dept must have realized this because the Math teacher was seen in school with young boys, for many years, but he didn't feel it was important enough to call the cops.
The Art teacher must have realized no action was taken concerning the vicious disgusting act he witnessed, because he saw the Math teacher in school, with young boys, for many years, but he also didn't feel it necessary to call the cops.
So, you really don't think the Principal, the head of the Art dept AND the Art teacher should be removed form their jobs? I'm more concerned about the well being of children than I am about the employment concerns and reputations of a couple of coaches.
Your appreciation for the "law" is commendable, but they already waited 8 years to act, and firing Joe Paterno is the nicest thing they could do. JoePa didn't say anything for one reason. He didn't want to bring shame to his beloved University.
How'd that work out for you Joe?
Have a great rest of the week.