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Penn State places Paterno statue in storage

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With his legacy in the minds of myriad people already in tatters, the physical remembrances of legendary Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno are beginning to be shuttered as well.

According to multiple media outlets, and in one of the sane moves the school has made in this whole sordid saga, the statue — as had been rumored — honoring Paterno outside Beaver Stadium has been removed and will be placed in storage for the foreseeable future.  Work on the statue’s removal began at around 6:30 a.m. ET this morning, and was completed roughly two hours later.

A small throng of people witnessed the tearing down of the 11-year old statue, which stood seven-feet tall and weighed nearly half a ton.  Some of those gathered to witness Paterno’s legacy literally being torn down in front of them were, as the Centre Daily Times wrote, visibly upset.

It’s just another crime being committed,” State College resident Susan Lamey laughably told the paper. “It’s just like what they want to do with the football team. They keep punishing the innocent. This is not solving the problem. This doesn’t fix anything.”

While it may not “fix” anything, the removal of the statue, new PSU president Rodney Erickson said, will help the school in its healing process.

“I now believe that, contrary to its original intention, Coach Paterno’s statue has become a source of division and an obstacle to healing in our University and beyond,” Erickson’s statement read. “For that reason, I have decided that it is in the best interest of our university and public safety to remove the statue and store it in a secure location. I believe that, were it to remain, the statue will be a recurring wound to the multitude of individuals across the nation and beyond who have been the victims of child abuse.”

The removal comes less than two weeks after the Freeh report pointed to many high-powered Penn State officials, including Paterno, being actively involved in a cover-up of convicted serial pedophile Jerry Sandusky.

Paterno’s family has yet to comment on the removal.

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40 Responses to “Penn State places Paterno statue in storage”
  1. overratedgators says: Jul 22, 2012 9:53 AM

    ‘Bout time.

  2. stoutfiles says: Jul 22, 2012 9:57 AM

    This is just the beginning of the change coming Penn State’s way.

  3. goodfieldnohit says: Jul 22, 2012 9:57 AM

    “It’s just another crime being committed,” State College resident Susan Lamey laughably told the paper. “It’s just like what they want to do with the football team. They keep punishing the innocent. This is not solving the problem. This doesn’t fix anything.”

    The crime was Saint Joepa looking the other way for 15 years while his pal anally raped little boys.

  4. orthomarine says: Jul 22, 2012 9:57 AM

    Looks like the statue is giving directions

  5. phillyphever says: Jul 22, 2012 10:01 AM

    “It’s just another crime being committed,” State College resident Susan Lamey laughably told the paper. “It’s just like what they want to do with the football team. They keep punishing the innocent. This is not solving the problem. This doesn’t fix anything.”

    No, but the NCAA will fix everything when they shut down the football program tomorrow.

  6. woebegong says: Jul 22, 2012 10:21 AM

    They had better make another decision and hide the darn thing. There are a lot of angry people on both sides of the issue there, ans I would think, hiding it at an undisclosed location, might cut down on some vandalism. Why keep it anyway? Is it going to be put back up down the road, when I guess feelings will be a little less and time might have healed the whole incident. Give it to the wife. She has gone through enough as it is. No amount of money is going to make it any easier on her. All she has left now is memories and it has got to hurt her pretty bad.

  7. santolonius says: Jul 22, 2012 10:25 AM

    it amazes me the mental backflips paterno defenders will do to keep believing that this man should continue to be revered and that no gesture is necessary to publicly express condemnation.
    every time a paterno defender says something like “this doesn’t solve anything” or “he was a still a great man” or “he did many good things too” – they should be asked to follow it up with “but yes, he did protect his buddy and allow him to keep using the football program to facilitate the rape of children.” that little addendum to the legacy is pretty darn important, and try as you will to believe otherwise, that is what paterno did.

  8. ohnothatguy says: Jul 22, 2012 10:27 AM

    Wow! What a way to ruin a once great legacy! He would of been a greater saint if he would of stopped that mad man the moment he heard of all the problems. But the crime is far more disgusting & disturbing & having a place in the coverup, the statue needs to go

  9. polegojim says: Jul 22, 2012 10:30 AM

    Sad to hear everything that came to light, Joe’s obvious mishandling, and now the trickle down effect.

    It’s the right thing at this time.

  10. bennywisest says: Jul 22, 2012 10:33 AM

    So now what is everyone going to light up the torches and sharpen the pitchforks for? Rabble Rabble, people.

  11. kozbee says: Jul 22, 2012 10:39 AM

    IMO this is part of a healing process for the school and programs to be able to move forward.Cleaning up the school to better itself in the future but it will never be a healing process for those children that were hurt in all this.A good lesson for other schools to look for and if its happening don`t turn your heads and stop it before it gets out of hand.Thoughts go out to those kids that were lured into Jerrys evil mind and thoughts of abuse and hope they can heal as well.
    ST.Mark 9 Chapter 42 verse.

    And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me,it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck,and he were cast into the sea.

    May God have mercy on you Jerry.

  12. 700levelvet says: Jul 22, 2012 10:40 AM

    the same legacy that had the statue erected, also had it torn down………..Is what it is…..He failed the basic instincts he built his reputation on…….throw it in the nearest river…..

  13. nofunleague says: Jul 22, 2012 10:45 AM

    A small throng of people witnessed the tearing down…Tearing Down? Was it not just removed and put in storage? Tearing down is for the Tabloids for Gods sake.

  14. papichulo55 says: Jul 22, 2012 10:45 AM

    Now take the name from the library.Otherwise, we will petition our representatives in Harrisburg, form boycotts of your corporate research partners and get the word out to every prospective parent!

    Penn State has failitated unspeakable crimes for ten years,
    and all remnants of that cancer must be removed.

    If you give us an inch, we WILL take a mile!

  15. cometkazie says: Jul 22, 2012 10:52 AM

    His name should remain on the library.

    Every time someone sees it they will be reminded of the terrible crimes he facilitated.

  16. WingT says: Jul 22, 2012 10:53 AM

    I find it interesting that Penn State is keeping the statue.

    They should auction it off and give the money to child abuse charities.

    Why keep it? I guess they are still somewhat in denial

  17. paperlions says: Jul 22, 2012 10:55 AM

    To me, this was the obvious choice.

    A college campus is no place for a statue of a person that enabled a child molester for 13 years.

  18. kozbee says: Jul 22, 2012 10:58 AM

    Best thing to do is Melt it down and turn it into scrap metal,this way it cannot be used again.

  19. omniusprime says: Jul 22, 2012 10:58 AM

    Penn State should ensure that “for the foreseeable future” means forever. The sordid legacy of JoePa should be one of a criminal hugger, a jerk who willingly ignored a heinous set of crimes over a long period of time, most likely spanning several decades. Penn State made the correct decision tearing that statue down of that pathetic old man and has done much to restore some credibility to the institution, too bad they couldn’t have done the right thing right away when they had the chance.

    Thank You Penn State for tearing down that statue!

  20. charlescub80 says: Jul 22, 2012 11:08 AM

    I like the picture with him turned around with a towel over his head. That’s what he did to those kids. That is the real JoePa legacy. Not the few brainwashed who still think he could do no wrong. #1 creeper on the list, Franco Harris.

  21. rcbn says: Jul 22, 2012 11:16 AM

    It is my understanding that the statue will be stored over at the local Pigeon Farm for redecorating!!!

  22. ningenito78 says: Jul 22, 2012 11:21 AM

    That woman Susan Lamey shows why Penn St needs the death penalty. The whole culture is screwed at Penn St. It’s like a cult out there (I’ve been out there several times for games and my uncle is an alum so spare me the ‘you don’t know what your taking about’). Tear it down and rebuild it.

  23. malkinrulez says: Jul 22, 2012 11:22 AM

    Bye, bye scumbag statue! How someone could preach integrity while looking the other way while his pal ruined young boys lives is beyond unthinkable

  24. theawesomersfranchise says: Jul 22, 2012 11:27 AM

    “My father molested little boys, but sending him to jail punishes the innocent, my mom and I, he was a good provider. We didn’t do anything, why are we being punished?”

    -Susan Lamey and every other PSU apologist

  25. SkeletalDrawing says: Jul 22, 2012 12:14 PM

    Ironically, Susan Lamey’s response shows exactly why this has to be done – too many people at PSU refuse to accept their own roll in this tragedy. The culture of deifying their coach, the program, and everything associated with caused this tragedy.

    The idea that throwing Sandusky and a couple of university employees into jail punishes “all those responsible” is nuts – everyone associated with Penn State has to learn to look at their football program more rationally, and to see that “The Penn State Way” (and the hubris that went along with is) IS the problem.

    Penn State is a world class university – it will be just fine without the football program. Once that is accepted at a cultural level then football can resume its proper place at Penn State, but not until then.

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

    The statue is worth about 3-5 grand. Give the money to the victims not put it into storage? W.T.F for ? why are they putting it in storage??

    Are they planning to bring it out in the future ? Chop it to pieces and the sooner the better !

  27. thetooloftools says: Jul 22, 2012 1:26 PM

    They may as well smelt it down. It’s not coming back out.

  28. coolhorn says: Jul 22, 2012 1:33 PM

    There are sins of commission, and there are sins of omission. Joe Paterno, by his decision NOT to pursue stopping Jerry Sandusky’s serial raping of underage boys, is certainly guilty of the sin of omission, and as such, anyone but his most ardent defenders would have to be offended by the presence of his statue on campus at Penn State. It had to go and can’t come back.

  29. 1sportschica says: Jul 22, 2012 1:34 PM

    Removing the statue is a small but necessary step toward righting a horrific wrong. But why simply store it? Are they thinking ‘out of sight, out of mind’ or perhaps ‘absence makes the heart grow fonder’? Regardless, I hope never to again set eyes on that disgusting reminder of what Paterno didn’t do.

  30. drexelvol says: Jul 22, 2012 2:01 PM

    The fact that there are still such staunch supports of this man shows what a cult of personality exists out there in the sticks of PA.

    They will never get it through their thick skulls that this man did so many bad things. The very reason I never liked the PSU football program was Paterno. It was easy to see how the fans out there were under some Manson-like trance with Paterno and how unhealthy is was.

    The scary part of it is, even after Paterno was exposed as a very bad man, they still can’t wake up and put those kids who got raped and abused first in all of this. They fain some caring, but you can see the bottom line in all of this is “what about my beloved Joe?” This is just beyond unhealthy.

    PSU fans/zealots, if you want your school to look good, show pride in it, show pride in your sports programs, BUT, own up to the fact that your darling ex-coach made some terrible choices. Tell the world how much you love it, but also tell the world how this will NEVER happen again. You need to show the world that you can be trusted again. Showing love and affection for Paterno is NOT the way to do it.

    Understand that no one in the general populous of the US cared about Paterno or PSU football. However, now everyone know what terrible things he did and you clinging to that man makes you all look very, very bad.

  31. brianbosworthisstonecold says: Jul 22, 2012 2:51 PM

    They need to put the statue in the same cell with Sandusky.

  32. tweeter75 says: Jul 22, 2012 3:06 PM

    “It’s just another crime being committed,” State College resident Susan Lamey laughably told the paper.

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

    Whenever I read about students camping at the statue, people chanting “We are….blah blah blah” I become sick to my stomach.

    I love sports, I LOVE college football. But the thought of selling my soul for a game is unimaginable.

    I think the small part of the sports culture in America…a very small part….as in the case of Penn state, is a sickness, a disease.

    There is still a number of people in the Penn State community who have put Paterno and the football program above the filthy and disgusting crimes of Sandusky and the even more vile crimes after the fact…the cover-up by those who could have stopped what happened to those boys.

    I am disgusted…..the full ramifications of the crimes and cover-up will not become apparent for a very long time.

  33. frank booth says: Jul 22, 2012 3:55 PM

    The statue should be confiscated by the NCAA, and then awarded annually to the collegiate sports program that has the most violations or shows the greatest lack of institutional control for that year. It would be placed in a place of high visibility on the offending campus for that year. Miami would be a good start.

  34. drunkenagitator says: Jul 22, 2012 4:32 PM

    It was already becoming a shrine for the delusional “Joe Pa” apologists, it had to go.

  35. sabatimus says: Jul 22, 2012 5:09 PM

    Lamey lives up to her name, I see.

  36. gmsingh says: Jul 22, 2012 6:09 PM

    Oh my God–Rodney Erickson is worried about the school’s “healing process”? What does it take to get these f*ckers to acknowledge the victims in this case?

  37. mgmac says: Jul 22, 2012 8:40 PM

    good the statue was removed. I’m now pondering how much Jay Paterno & his mom knew about sandusky and the cover-up. Everday they bark about this and that and how everyone is criticizing joe paterno. those two are sickos

  38. jdh1016j says: Jul 22, 2012 9:47 PM

    Was the statue put in the same storage unit they kept the children in when Sandusky wasn’t using them?

  39. tr5079 says: Jul 22, 2012 10:56 PM

    Did Joe try to “fix anything” by keeping quiet?

  40. aliciayanezphotography says: Jul 23, 2012 6:04 AM

    It completely and totally blows my mind that anyone would WANT to defend this man and this program. His son and wife talk about being victims – fine! Put the blame where it belongs – their father and husband as well as the others involved in the cover-up. If this situation happened anywhere but a school with a highly regarded football program, everyone involved would be shunned and distanced as quickly as possible.
    We try to teach our kids that they are supposed to tell another adult if anything like this happens to them. Here is a situation where people actually witnessed it and still nothing was done. How can this be defended by anyone?

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