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Paterno family releases statement on statue’s removal

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Earlier this morning, Penn State made the only move it could in removing the statue honoring former head coach Joe Paterno from in front of Beaver Stadium.

Subsequently, the family of the deceased head coach has released a statement blasting the decision, stating in part that “[t]earing down the statue of Joe Paterno does not serve the victims of Jerry Sandusky’s horrible crimes.”  Of course, the lack of action on the part of  several powerful Penn State officials including Paterno over the course of more than a decade — according to the Freeh report — did nothing to serve the convicted pedophile’s victims, either.

Regardless, here’s the family’s statement, in its entirety:

“Tearing down the statue of Joe Paterno does not serve the victims of Jerry Sandusky’s horrible crimes or help heal the Penn State Community. We believe the only way to help the victims is to uncover the full truth. The Freeh report, though it has been accepted by the media as the definitive conclusion on the Sandusky scandal, is the equivalent of an indictment — a charging document written by a prosecutor — and an incomplete and unofficial one at that.

“To those who truly want to know the truth about Sandusky, it should matter that Joe Paterno has never had a hearing; that his legal counsel has never been able to interview key witnesses, all of whom are represented by lawyers and therefore unavailable; that there has never been an opportunity to review critical evidence which has not been made public; that selective evidence and the opinion of Mr Freeh is treated as the equivalent of a fair trial. Despite this obviously flawed and one-sided presentation, the University believes it must acquiesce and accept that Joe Paterno has been given a fair and complete hearing. We think the better course would have been for the University to take a strong stand in support of due process so that the complete truth can be uncovered.

“It is not the University’s responsibility to defend or protect Joe Paterno. But they at least should have acknowledged that important legal cases are still pending and that the record on Joe Paterno, the Board and other key players is far from complete.”

The family had previously announced that it will be conducting a comprehensive review of the Freeh report, saying they “are dismayed by, and vehemently disagree with, some of the conclusions and assertions and the process by which they were developed by the Freeh Group.”

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  1. onbucky96 says: Jul 22, 2012 11:36 AM

    Shut…Up…Paterno…Family. He should have gone to the cops, but didn’t. Why? Kids were RAPED on campus. He let Jerry hang around even after the allegations 1st came up. He let Jerry have access to everything everywhere, and look what happened. Can’t wait for the NCAA to take care of the LACK OF INSTUTIONAL CONTROL Monday.

  2. nesuperfan says: Jul 22, 2012 11:37 AM

    Sell that POS statue to his family, and give the money to the victims.
    The family is clearly still in denial. It serves a lot of purpose to take it down. Keep it up, and EVERY time anyone walks by it for decades, they are not going to think fondly of Paterno, they are going to think about the cover up.
    True, Paterno never had a hearing, but at this point, since it is 100% crystal clear that, at the very least, he committed felony perjury, do you think he would have wanted one?

  3. stoutfiles says: Jul 22, 2012 11:37 AM

    Deny, deny, deny. No amount of evidence will ever bring the Paterno family back to reality.

  4. delfi2 says: Jul 22, 2012 11:47 AM

    these people are delusional, but can you blame them? Their papa along with his shinning white armor are being dragged through the mud, righfully so I might add. So, good ridance, let these peoples true colors come shinning out….to show the real frauds they all are.

    WAKE UP TIME!!!!!

  5. theawesomersfranchise says: Jul 22, 2012 11:49 AM

    Dear PSU apologists and Paterno family.
    It’s going to get worse Monday.
    And continue to get worse in the months and years that follow when more truth’s come out.

    Marinade on that reality for a bit

  6. moagecu says: Jul 22, 2012 11:53 AM

    what a pathetic family. get over it paterno was a POS.

  7. kupski says: Jul 22, 2012 11:59 AM

    nesuperfan

    Agreed !

    They should cut up the statues and lettering LIVE on T.V. and the give the money to the victims.

    The reason why to do it live, is because the Administration covered the entire issue up so how can you trust that they would actually cut it up? Don’t want to see them for sale ten years from now on E-bay.

    My other concern is now that they took this down, news reports state that the statues were taken to an undisclosed area ? W.T.F. to do what with them Administration of P.S.U. ?

    They should take the wall down and plant grass and let it blend into the rest of the landscape.

  8. SkeletalDrawing says: Jul 22, 2012 12:06 PM

    Dear Paterno family,

    Joe Paterno was undoubtedly well intentioned in the beginning, and created an amazing program. Unfortunately, he grew to love the thing he created so much that he was unable to see the truth and do the right thing in the end – to the horrible detriment of many.

    Please stop committing the same mistake. We have no doubt that you love JoPa, and it must be horrible seeing his legacy ruined, but that was something he did himself. Everyone else is just trying to clean the mess left behind him and other recent university leaders.

    It’s time to let go, as you are the ones making this harder for Penn State to come together and heal. Your actions, while understandable, become more deplorable as time goes on. Please stop.

  9. cssidenver says: Jul 22, 2012 12:10 PM

    “Removing the statue doesn’t solve the problem….”. No, the problem could have been solved had Paterno and others not chosen to protect the Penn State brand and the money/power/prestige it brought – they did this knowing full well that Sandusky was a monster who would most certainly continue to prey on children. What a decision! Statue? Grind it into dust. Yes, Paterno won many games but in the game of life, when his decision to protect young boys mattered, he failed.

  10. dannythebisforbeast says: Jul 22, 2012 12:13 PM

    I hope f anything so terrible ever comes close to your family I hope you all cast out your father,brother, etc because of a fatal mistake and forget about everything you know and everything that person did for you. It seems it would be pretty easy for most of you. I see more hate towards the Paterno family than Sandusky. I know they all had to know its so black and white

    I’ve had something similar hit close to home and believe me this person had EVERYONE fooled for almost their whole life. It’s much easier when you look back after everything you know now. Someone who you thought was one of the nicest people you know turns out be complete evil.

  11. spudvol says: Jul 22, 2012 12:13 PM

    The Mayans sacrificed a virgin to the gods for a good harvest, the Nittany Lions sacrificed a child to Jerry Sandusky for a good season.

  12. orthomarine says: Jul 22, 2012 12:14 PM

    The Paterno family reminds me of that poster of the frog choking the crane who’s trying to eat him…

  13. achilles920 says: Jul 22, 2012 12:16 PM

    STFU Paterno’s, please STFU. I am now under the impression they are the worst family in the country, even the Kardashians are better. Take some *** *amn responsibility!

  14. deadeye says: Jul 22, 2012 12:17 PM

    “Tearing down the statue of Joe Paterno does not serve the victims of Jerry Sandusky’s horrible crimes or help heal the Penn State Community. We believe the only way to help the victims is to uncover the full truth.”

    ==========================

    The Paterno family is full of BS. First of all, they are speaking for the victims by saying that this does nothing to help them. I’ll believe that when I hear Sandusky’s victims say it. Second, removing the statue isn’t being done under the claim that it’s to help the victims. It’s being done because PSU needs to tear down the hero-worship culture that allowed this to happen in the first place. Third, yes the full truth should come out. But JoePa himself was part of the coverup, and his family is doing nothing but trying to keep the lie that “JoePa is saint” alive.

    If Paterno was concerned about the truth, he would have named names of those who knew about all this and did nothing, including BoT members. He would have spilled the beans about the retirement deal that was struck with Sandusky in 1999. And he would have admitted that all of this came down at a date that was specifically chosen to allow him to get his precious all-time wins record. He did none of those things. The only thing Paterno did in regards to the truth was to hide it for his benefit.

  15. 1historian says: Jul 22, 2012 12:18 PM

    Just wondering – how many of you have actually read the report?

    He among you who is without sin – let him cast the first stone.

    How about this – just be quiet and pray for everyone involved in this terrible situation because they need your prayers more than they need your condemnation.

  16. stevenfbrackett says: Jul 22, 2012 12:23 PM

    They need to shut up. They are just making the criminal and the rest of the family look worse every time they open their mouths.

  17. WingT says: Jul 22, 2012 12:28 PM

    Well stated Deadeye, nicely done.

    In response to the Paterno family and their released statement , and in particular the first sentence of the release, I have the following question for you.
    “How should the victims be served?” Has the Paterno family given much thought to that aspect of this issue? Do you even care?

    Go F your self serving selves

  18. paperlions says: Jul 22, 2012 12:50 PM

    WingT:

    I’m sure they’ve given some thought as to how the victims might be served….and they are scared shitless that the money left to them by Joe and PSU is all going to be used for legal fees and legal awards to the victims.

  19. xcerebus1 says: Jul 22, 2012 12:58 PM

    How about the Paterno family pony up some of that $5.5 mill payout they got AFTER Joe died but, conveniently, BEFORE the release of the report the family said would exonerate Paterno, and offer it to some or all of the victims? So, first Joe knew nothing. Then he did nothing wrong. Then he did all that was legally required of him. Then he was fooled by Sandusky too! Joe sounds like a moron.

  20. bobthis says: Jul 22, 2012 12:58 PM

    The saddest thing about the death of Paterno is that he’s not here to witness the removal of the statue and face probable jail time for his complete lack of concern for everyone but himself. Very sad that the 99% of the faculty and the student body not involved will have to pay the price.

  21. fissels says: Jul 22, 2012 1:01 PM

    Lots of really nasty comments here. You folks need to calm down. The Paterno family should have the right to let their point of view be heard. You don’t agree, thats ok. But calm down.

  22. 1sportschica says: Jul 22, 2012 1:09 PM

    As powerful as Joe Paterno was, I’ve no doubt whatsoever that he alone could have put a stop to pedophile Jerry Sandusky. But Paterno did not do that. As a result, all the success Paterno had on the field was met with failure off the field as new children became victims of sexual abuse by Sandusky. Paterno put football over child safety. Removing the statue is a small but necessary step toward righting a horrific wrong.

  23. mx429 says: Jul 22, 2012 1:10 PM

    The statue should be shipped to the Vatican for display. As Patron Saint of all child molesters for his blind-eye and enabling behavior, he would likely draw a great many worshippers from among the priests and cardinals.

  24. thetooloftools says: Jul 22, 2012 1:13 PM

    The family is total garbage. Joe got a 3 million dollar buyout plus use of two sky boxes at Beaver Stadium for 25 years WHILE the Grand Jury investigation was going on and Penn State is going to honor it. What many Penn State fans don’t understand is this is still going to get WORSE for the Paterno legacy. He deserves everything he gets. It’s one thing to tell people about children being molested. It’s ANOTHER thing to tell those same people that you told that YOU want it buried. Paterno will be the most hated name in Happy Valley once EVERYTHING comes out.

  25. bobzilla1001 says: Jul 22, 2012 1:17 PM

    The irony of all this is that Joe himself wouldn’t have cared if the statue stayed or was removed. He was the most assuming coach in college football history: He lived in a modest home, his phone number was listed in the State College phone directory, he walked to work whenever able, and he coached for a fraction of the pay his counterparts recieved…
    He also contributed millions of dollars to the university while building a football program that caused such great interest, Beaver Stadium was expanded from a 30,000-seat venue to a 100,000-seat venue.
    Someday the statue will be displayed near the entrance of The Joe Paterno Memorial Museum, which will be funded by private contributors and be visited by millions of admirers at its off-campus location.
    Enjoy this while you still can; the Haters will not be running things forever. Soon, the absolute truth will be revealed, and the Haters will be a distant memory…
    Joe Paterno was and always will be Penn State.

  26. jamkarat says: Jul 22, 2012 1:20 PM

    I said this in an earlier post, but it bears repeating-especially since the self involved Paterno family doesn’t seem to get it.

    Everything is not about Joe.

  27. warrenlevine says: Jul 22, 2012 1:21 PM

    Do they REALLY resent it? How do the families whose lives were directly affected by Paterno’s refusal to do anything that might jeopardize his cash cow feel about removing the statue?

    I’d think it would be like a cleansing ritual for Penn State, but obviously there are people who still want to mouth off about Pedophile State University Football being a bigger institution than child safety.

    In which case, I again call on the NCAA to GIVE PENN STATE THE DEATH PENALTY once and for all time. If the NCAA has any balls of its own, it will do what’s right, which is DEATH PENALTY FOR PENN STATE FOOTBALL – period.

  28. effjohntaylornorelation says: Jul 22, 2012 1:32 PM

    Okay, now shut up.

  29. brewcrewfan54 says: Jul 22, 2012 1:35 PM

    I understand the family is trying to protect their name, who wouldn’t, but their stubborn denials are making them look stupid.

  30. gall34 says: Jul 22, 2012 1:50 PM

    Since PSU can’t get their money back from this statue, I’d leave it as a monument but add a plaque as a reminder like: “In hopes that no man ever again puts material gain ahead of human suffering.”

  31. artisan3m says: Jul 22, 2012 2:00 PM

    Paterno’s family and his ardent defenders need to review an old addage ~ “in life you can get a file cabinet full of ‘atta-boys’ but it only takes one ‘aw-shit’ to clean it out.” PennState was wise to remove the statue but would be very unwise to think this will indemnify it from severe penalty. How unfortunate that more innocent people will be expected to pay a price for this sordid set of affairs but it can’t be avoided. Life carries no guarantee of fairness.

  32. manchestermiracle says: Jul 22, 2012 2:13 PM

    This disaster should be fully investigated and the proper punishments handed out, both individually and institutionally.

    That being said, as a USC fan this gives an entirely new meaning to the term “lack of institutional control.” If USC can be docked 30 scholarships and a two-year bowl ban for a running back helping his folks live rent-free in a house 150 miles away from the university, just what incredible hell awaits a program that permits a child molester to continue his horrible crimes ON UNIVERSITY PROPERTY for well over a decade? There is no comparison between inappropriate financial benefits and felonious child molestation. None whatsoever…..

  33. gregzaller says: Jul 22, 2012 2:22 PM

    It is right to take the statue down and hide it just as we would arrest the accused.

    Certainly, if the truth all comes out, it will show how deeply sex abuse has its roots in our society and how ‘but for the grace of God go I”. Healing will only come by finding a way to remove the stigma so that victims are not ashamed to come forward.

  34. tenaciousdeucer says: Jul 22, 2012 2:30 PM

    The Paternos thought Joe had a name brand that was going to be worth millions annually in books and other merchandise for the rest of their lives. That is why they are fighting so vehemently for his posthumous dignity, just like dad, just for the money.

  35. andrewsherylandharry says: Jul 22, 2012 2:35 PM

    It’s interesting how context and what we now know can change perception. The idea that his son was on his coaching staff, at a publicly funded school, now appears to be nepotism not that far removed from the bias shown in Arkansas.

  36. fireeight says: Jul 22, 2012 2:39 PM

    1historian says:
    Jul 22, 2012 12:18 PM
    Just wondering – how many of you have actually read the report?

    He among you who is without sin – let him cast the first stone.

    How about this – just be quiet and pray for everyone involved in this terrible situation because they need your prayers more than they need your condemnation.

    You’ve got to be kidding me, man. I registered an account on this site just to offer you a rebuttal.

    It’s true that we all have sins, but are you really incapable of differentiating the severity of enabling a pedophile to molest kids from the average indiscretions that most people have?

    Apparently your ability to see things only in black and white does not apply to clear evidence that doesn’t favor your opinion.

  37. mungman69 says: Jul 22, 2012 2:42 PM

    Paterno family: Shut up. You are indeed hindering Penn. St. Joe must go, that’s a fact.

  38. biggestredmiami says: Jul 22, 2012 2:46 PM

    This is by far the biggest and fastest fall from grace I have ever seen.

  39. sabatimus says: Jul 22, 2012 2:48 PM

    Paterno’s family has absolutely no grip on reality.

  40. rexbeatsoff2feet says: Jul 22, 2012 2:51 PM

    Dig up the corpse and put it in the student union so people can throw shoes at it.

  41. tweeter75 says: Jul 22, 2012 2:54 PM

    If Penn State is a sickness, the Paterno family is a disease.

  42. 11thstreetmafia says: Jul 22, 2012 3:14 PM

    Please keep on talking, Paterno family. This is theatre at its best! People that will do mental backflips to defend his now tarnished legacy will not be convinced otherwise.The normal people that condemn all of this will not change their perspective. keep up the humor. Sound the Benny Hill music.

  43. chaostheory23 says: Jul 22, 2012 3:35 PM

    It’s time for the Paterno family to STFU.

  44. pftcensorssuck says: Jul 22, 2012 3:36 PM

    bobzilla1001 says:Jul 22, 2012 1:17 PM

    The irony of all this is that Joe himself wouldn’t have cared if the statue stayed or was removed. He was the most assuming coach in college football history: He lived in a modest home
    ———————————————————-
    You obviously missed the recent story that disclosed his “modest” $3.5 million New Jersey beach house, I assume?

  45. bobzilla1001 says: Jul 22, 2012 4:26 PM

    pftcensorsuck: Joe owned a 3.5 million dollar beach house? Of course he did. Joe couldn’t stay off surfboards. He loved ‘em!!!
    Wow!!!
    You people are truly amazingly hateful.

  46. bluereign says: Jul 22, 2012 4:31 PM

    @bobzilla1001

    LeBron James has haters. Joe Paterno doesn’t have any, he is viewed by the general public with disgust. He is a legitimate scumbag for letting Sandusky get away with raping innocent children. Based on the evidence stated in the Freeh report, I really don’t understand how anyone could rush to the aid of JoePa. Take off your PSU glasses and look at what he’s allowed to happen.

  47. caldreaming says: Jul 22, 2012 4:35 PM

    The creepy Paterno family still does not get it. The lying, pedophile harboring JoePa’s reputation is legitimately trashed for eternity. The world knows that good ole Joe sacrificed truth and humanity for money and reputation. The Paterno family still does not comprehend that the Paterno family and the mindless supporters of a former disgraced football coach do not amount to a piss in the ocean. The Paterno family and the few idiots who “support” good ole Joe can stick it.

  48. drunkenagitator says: Jul 22, 2012 4:36 PM

    “The Paternos thought Joe had a name brand that was going to be worth millions annually in books and other merchandise for the rest of their lives. That is why they are fighting so vehemently for his posthumous dignity, just like dad, just for the money.”

    Exactly. Most of their delusional, crass, insensitive “Joe Pa” apologist BS is simply about money. The Paternos would be better served by keeping quiet and not issuing increasingly pitiful “statements” as if anyone cares what they think.

  49. duncanisland says: Jul 22, 2012 4:50 PM

    PSU should auction it off to a farmer so they can place it in a cornfield and use it as a scarecrow. Take the proceeds and donate to the victims.

  50. malkinrulez says: Jul 22, 2012 5:14 PM

    Cry me a river joe pa was a gutless worm, should have sledge hammered that joke of a statue

  51. ndrocks2 says: Jul 22, 2012 5:15 PM

    Must be tough for the Paterno family to understand what is happening since they didn’t understand what was going on when Jerry was bringing in boys to the shower for a little “horseplay”. Bottom line Paterno ruled with an iron fist for years and refused to retire in the end when he was obviously hanging on for the career victory record. He wasn’t a fool, the Paterno family shouldn’t try to make him out to be one now by saying he didn’t know this was going on. Come on he knew everything that was going on. Has anyone from the University ever explained why Jerry “retired” in the prime of PSU’s best teams? Enough said!!!

  52. kozbee says: Jul 22, 2012 5:33 PM

    Paterno family lawyers,so they can try and twist the truth.Joe was told and he knew,pizz on your lawyers Paterno family,they can`t hide the truth cause its all out for all to see.Did Mama know also,whole family is screwed up.

  53. jdh1016j says: Jul 22, 2012 5:42 PM

    You all just wait until the Paterno’s are done with analyzing the Freeh report. The real truth will come out. Joe Paterno was going to go to the police, but the other 3 men kidnapped him and brainwashed him. Joe Pa was not acting on his own free will. No adult with any descency would not stop what was happening. I hope you all feel terrible when this comes out!

  54. gmsingh says: Jul 22, 2012 6:00 PM

    Maybe they will follow it with a new statement: “We are truly sorry are cash cow, JoePa, is now thought of as a piece of trash. People should have more respect for mealtickets.”

  55. bobzilla1001 says: Jul 22, 2012 6:21 PM

    bluereign: The Freeh Report is inconlusive and should be regarded as nothing more than propaganda; an easy fix to a severely complicated problem.
    I’m shocked at how gullible the public actually is. There’s more to this story than meets the eye, and I’m disturbed that so many are so disinterested in learning the truth. Thank God the Paternos are pressing the issue.
    Before Joe Paterno’s legacy is destroyed, which it probably already is, I need cold-hard facts, not some half-assed report that’s based on `reasonable conclusions.”
    There’s nothing “reasonable” about this entire fiasco. In 1998, the proper authorities, including the district attorney, were made aware of Sandusky’s creepy activities. But nothing was done. Nothing.
    In 1998, there was no coverup of any kind. All the proper people knew, including the current governor of Pennsylvania. Yet a deceased Joe Paterno is now made the fall-guy.
    Nice.
    I want to know the truth.
    If you don’t, that’s your problem.

  56. stevenfbrackett says: Jul 22, 2012 6:24 PM

    You’re right Paternos — the statue should come out of storage and be displayed for all to see – with a nice plaque listing all his championships and records and what have you.

    And right next to that a plaque detailing his crimes. And make no mistake, his actions were clearly criminal.

    And right next to that a third plaque explaining that the statue is to serve as a constant reminder that unchecked power leads to a complete collapse of ethics, morality, responsibility, justice, humanity and basic decency. And should never be allowed to happen again.

  57. abninf says: Jul 22, 2012 6:33 PM

    “Tearing down the statue of Joe Paterno does not serve the victims of Jerry Sandusky’s horrible crimes”
    ————————————————–

    Did the victims tell them this?

  58. bustinnutz says: Jul 22, 2012 6:42 PM

    I haven’t heard so much BS since the days of Iraqi (Mis)Information Minister, but at least Paternos are a great source of entertainment reading.

  59. progolfer143 says: Jul 22, 2012 6:49 PM

    The Paterno family would better serve themselves and, more importantly, JoePa’s legacy if they would just shut their mouths and go away. They sound like like a bunch of “hangers on” that didn’t get their way…

  60. omniusprime says: Jul 22, 2012 7:16 PM

    The Paterno family has just proven they are devoid of all morals and ethics, all they think about are themselves and they have no care whatsoever for the many abused children. JoePa obviously taught his despicable family the wrong set of family values. A good thing we’re rid of this evil man.

    Paterno family just shut up and slink away into the sewer you belong in. No one is going to believe your whitewash review of the Freeh report and this just shows you will never face up to the reality that JoePa was as evil a man as Sandusky.

    Paterno family if you want to serve the victims then stop defending a known criminal and stop fighting the ugly truth.

  61. brenenostler says: Jul 22, 2012 7:30 PM

    Ok will everyone please just quit stating the obvious?!?! No sh-t he should have gone to the cops. Everyone one knows what he did was f-cked up. You don’t have to say that every freaking time there’s a story about Paterno on here. We get it!!!

    Yes, I am 100% against what he did as far as the scandal goes, but he still did a lot of good things for the school too.

  62. tp3636 says: Jul 22, 2012 9:05 PM

    He did great things for the school but what even mildly human thing did he do for those kids?

  63. showerswithsandusky says: Jul 22, 2012 9:59 PM

    Shut the fuck up! You need to focus on getting your ‘Horse Toothed” mom to a dentist and getting her grill fixed.

    Good luck getting another coaching job you son of a pedophile enabling POS!

  64. kozbee says: Jul 22, 2012 10:13 PM

    Joe wanted to be the best coach that ever was.What he done he did for himself and even Jerry.He made himself an idol cause he seen everyone looking up to him as they always did from fans and even other coaches and teams.He wanted to be the best ever was and never cared imo about the school,fans,team just himself.Look at me everyone im the best says Joe,i turned my back even on children to get the respect i have and feel i deserved.What Joe helped build well before he died he helped tear down everything he did build.Yea Joe was the best but maybe in a few eyes but in the eyes of a child,young boys being tortured by the hands of one of his best friends.Penn st then a great school,values & morals,now the kids going to college,team have to endure what yea Big Joe left them before he died.Thanks Joe you even had me thinking at one time you were the greatest coach that ever lived,boy was i wrong.

  65. bobzilla1001 says: Jul 22, 2012 10:13 PM

    “Those kids”?
    Those kids weren’t 4, 5 or 6 years old. Those kids were pre-teens. Think back to when you were 10, 11 or 12 years old. Would you have allowed an adult male pervert molest you without a fight, without telling someone of authority, without killing the creep?
    Those kids were kids only in the legal sense. They were old enough to know that if they provided sexual favors for “Uncle Jerry,” they would be able to hang out with a big-time college football program.
    Seems to me “those kids” ought to be held just a little bit accountable for their own fates, which will soon include being granted million of dollars in civil suits.
    Mike McQueary alleges that he actually witnessed a sexual assualt in 2001. Why is he now suddenly off the hook?
    Instead of playing golf with Sandusky down through the years in local tournaments, why wasn’t McQueary asking OBVIOUS questions, like, say,“after what I saw, after what I reported, why isn’t this dirtbag Sandusky far removed from children”?
    This entire scenario is disgusting. But even more disgusting is the public’s mob mentality and its refusal to know the actual truth.

  66. jotheduke says: Jul 22, 2012 10:36 PM

    i am horrified that so many people in this country have no moral compass. Yet, now, I understand why G.W. Bush got two terms in office!

  67. frank booth says: Jul 22, 2012 10:46 PM

    bobzilla1001 says:
    Jul 22, 2012 10:13 PM
    “Those kids”?
    Those kids weren’t 4, 5 or 6 years old. Those kids were pre-teens. Think back to when you were 10, 11 or 12 years old. Would you have allowed an adult male pervert molest you without a fight, without telling someone of authority, without killing the creep?
    Those kids were kids only in the legal sense. They were old enough to know that if they provided sexual favors for “Uncle Jerry,” they would be able to hang out with a big-time college football program.
    Seems to me “those kids” ought to be held just a little bit accountable for their own fates, which will soon include being granted million of dollars in civil suits.
    Mike McQueary alleges that he actually witnessed a sexual assualt in 2001. Why is he now suddenly off the hook?
    Instead of playing golf with Sandusky down through the years in local tournaments, why wasn’t McQueary asking OBVIOUS questions, like, say,“after what I saw, after what I reported, why isn’t this dirtbag Sandusky far removed from children”?
    This entire scenario is disgusting. But even more disgusting is the public’s mob mentality and its refusal to know the actual truth.

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    Wow, Bobzilla, just Wow! For someone to say that these kids are somewhat accountable is absolutely horrifying and says more about you than it does about them. There is more about abuse than just the sexual part, and part of it is controlling the victim. To even make the suggestion that you just made is twisted.

    You don’t want the truth. You want Joe to be exonerated. If the Freeh report had done that, you wouldn’t be questioning it’s veracity and procedure.

    Great. A Paterno supporter who wants the truth (as long as it doesn’t tarnish Joe) and blames 10-12 year old kids for their own sexual abuse. You clearly know very little about the mechanics of abuse.

    Do you blame rape victims as party to their own rapes? Like maybe someone was wearing something low-cut or showing too much leg?

    Troll.

  68. frank booth says: Jul 22, 2012 10:50 PM

    i am horrified that so many people in this country have no moral compass. Yet, now, I understand why G.W. Bush got two terms in office!

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    I know. Look how Obama lied to everyone by saying that Obamacare wasn’t a tax, only to have the Supreme Court declare it legal only on the basis that it was a tax.

  69. brianbosworthisstonecold says: Jul 23, 2012 1:31 AM

    The Paterno family needs to STFU or Liam and the Jesus will come to their house and stick up Joe’s sawed off bronze finger and stick it up their asses.

  70. gfj7000 says: Jul 23, 2012 2:19 AM

    1historian – I salute you as I said in e-mails days ago and I’ll say it again (after reading over 70 comments tonight) -
    He who is without sin, let him cast the first stone.

    So with all of the Joe Pa head-bashing tonight and cursing the Paterno family for the grief of seeing the bullets, darts, dung, curses, trash, and sledge-hammers (to go along with the Statue cutters), I can’t believe how MANY SINNERS we have in this audience tonight, many with FOWL MOUTHS – so many throwing one stone after another at the DEAD MAN! Very low class – All I must say as I said the other day – READ THE FREEH REPORT AGAIN!! Many of you haven’t read it – otherwise you wouldn’t be HEAD-BASHING JOE ONLY AGAIN!! Get a life, put your thinking cap on, be a reading couch potato for awhile and READ instead of being a finger-pointing computer free-lance writer of 4 letter words. Once you read the FREEH Report again, then you’ll see that the finger pointing is more at the BIG FOUR! and NOT Joe. But now that the statue is at Center Stage – you’re all refocusing on JOE, JOE, JOE, JOE, and also JOE, and oh yes, JOE again!! Respect the family and pray for them – they now have to suffer the attacks since they’re alive – Joe didn’t have a hearing, trial, attorney or witnesses – HE’S DEAD – how would all of you Head-Bashers handle being blamed about being enabler of a pedophile? Guess you’d do better than Joe in the courts – AS YOU ARE STILL ALIVE!

  71. brianbosworthisstonecold says: Jul 23, 2012 2:53 AM

    bobzilla1001 | Jul 22, 2012, 7:13 PM PDT
    “Those kids”?
    Those kids weren’t 4, 5 or 6 years old. Those kids were pre-teens. Think back to when you were 10, 11 or 12 years old. Would you have allowed an adult male pervert molest you without a fight, without telling someone of authority, without killing the creep?
    Those kids were kids only in the legal sense. They were old enough to know that if they provided sexual favors for “Uncle Jerry,” they would be able to hang out with a big-time college football program.
    Seems to me “those kids” ought to be held just a little bit accountable for their own fates, which will soon include being granted million of dollars in civil suits.
    Mike McQueary alleges that he actually witnessed a sexual assualt in 2001. Why is he now suddenly off the hook?
    Instead of playing golf with Sandusky down through the years in local tournaments, why wasn’t McQueary asking OBVIOUS questions, like, say,“after what I saw, after what I reported, why isn’t this dirtbag Sandusky far removed from children”?
    This entire scenario is disgusting. But even more disgusting is the public’s mob mentality and its refusal to know the actual truth.

    ——————–

    Bobzillas defense seems along the lines of a registered sex offenders defense. They knew what they were doing. They’re in their teens. They know better. Blah, blah, blah.
    These kids were prey and there was a (sexual) predator after them. Please stop representing NAMBLA.

  72. doctorobione says: Jul 23, 2012 4:33 AM

    “All that is required for evil to triumph, is for good men to do nothing.”

  73. bartalaber says: Jul 23, 2012 8:29 AM

    This is very easy for me….he turned a blind eye….all to protect the football program and the revenue stream associated with it. This is about one thing….money. The penalties associated should reflect that. My suggestions (if they were to be listened to):

    Shut down the football program for 5 years.

    Remove not only the statue, but Paterno’s name from the record books.

  74. tiger7575 says: Jul 23, 2012 8:37 AM

    He woke over 5,000 mornings since 1998 and had the chance to do the right thing. He did not, young people were harmed, he was an active participant. Nuffield said.

  75. ballsohardu says: Jul 23, 2012 8:46 AM

    I will never look at Penn State the same again. Never a huge fan but liked the program before all this…. Paterno’s… SMH that is all

  76. dcviking says: Jul 23, 2012 8:48 AM

    @gfj7000 -

    So that mean no one hear has the right to be critical of Sandusky either?

    After all, we’ve all sinned?

  77. j0esixpack says: Jul 23, 2012 8:59 AM

    I don’t begrudge the family for wanting to present their side of the story…

    But I hardly think they will be as thorough as the Freeh report, nor do they have access to the millions of emails and internal documents illustrating the extent that JoePa put his legacy ahead of the welfare of children

    THAT is now the Paterno Legacy. Should the Paterno family want to remain in denial, it will only reaffirm that legacy.

  78. horses721 says: Jul 23, 2012 9:17 AM

    Crawl back into you hole Paterno family and shut up. All dad had to do was go to the police and tell what he knew. He didn’t so stop making excuse for Saint POS.
    His legacy in the real world is the school will now be known as Pedophile state.

  79. burlyisatruefan says: Jul 23, 2012 9:51 AM

    @ Bobzilla1001

    Maybe when you finance and build your museum honoring child molestation and the lack of moral fiber in the name of joe paterno you could do one thing for me.

    Bury the statue up side down with his head
    in a sand box. That would be the appropriate presentation based on paterno’s real legacy.

  80. izlez says: Jul 23, 2012 9:56 AM

    I find it extremely ironic that all of the (few) JoePa supporters seem to be saying “wait for full and undeniable PROOF that he did something wrong to condemn him” all seem to be referencing god and the bible in their posts. But you don’t need proof for god, just FAITH. I have faith and proof that JoePa was a horrible person

    …and it’s all in the name of someone who covered up children being raped

  81. bklynbaseball says: Jul 23, 2012 10:22 AM

    Bottom line: Joe Paterno knew what was going on with Sandusky back in 1998. He was arguably the most powerful person on campus, and one word from him and Sandusky would have been DONE. He chose to do nothing, and no doubt pressured others into keeping it all quiet. We all know what goes on in the “halls of power” in any organization with a lot to lose – “we keep it in-house,” “don’t go outside the chain-of-command,” and employees know that their jobs and careers are on the line if the go against those in power. With great power comes great responsibility. Penn State leadership, EPIC FAIL.

  82. flameme says: Jul 23, 2012 11:56 AM

    Remember compassion? Compassion – feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.

    Not much here visible. I see alot of pointing to the families of victims but only to substantiate a point.
    A lot of hate directed at the Paterno family who’s patriach recently died. (Joe probably screwed up, and I’m mad at him too, but really folks) The family didn’t commit the crime NOR fail to report. They would like to think well of him where they can. Who here would not act in a similar nature if their family member had had such a huge “good” effect, and then find out that same person failed in protecting a young person (not actually committing the crime themselves please remember) and not doing more about it.

    How about the people who have built their lives around PSU, directly (students, faculty, satelite campus’s) and indirectly (local business’s, families etc.) that had no knowledge at all.

    Try not to be so selfish. A little compassion goes a long way.

    One person did the crime and will be punished. Others knew, didn’t little, and will in all likely hood receive nothing.
    Many many people had nothing to do with this and will be being punished by association.
    very very sad
    And so are YOU who are slamming those who should be receiving your compassion, not your vitriol.

  83. Amadeus says: Jul 23, 2012 1:00 PM

    That statue would fetch big bucks on eBay, much like a Hitler autograph. There are always sickos who like to collect souvenirs, however evil.

  84. tshirttom says: Jul 24, 2012 2:27 PM

    They ought to bury the statue at sea like they did Saddam Hussein…so no one will be reminded of what happened.

    “Say it ain’t so Joe”

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