The Paterno Statue Needs to Come Down
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Joe Paterno was a good man. The Freeh report cannot change that. I refuse to let one dark cloud, even if it is of the blackest kind, define the decades of service and good deeds he has done. Jeopa insisted on his players going to class; his graduation rate was far above that of nearly all division-1 NCAA football programs. Coaches these days rarely have the character Coach Paterno had. I once heard him say if he could not make his ball players better people, then he failed as a coach. He was the longest tenured coach in football, and the most successful up to the day he was fired. Even with all that success he lived in a modest middle class home. His football program gave to the University, rather than the University give him millions of dollars. As a Wildcat I would be elated to see Coach John Calipari live and give the way Joe Paterno did; for all but one event.
He was the last of a dying breed. One who put his integrity, his family and his community first. Joe Paterno had a great heart. There is a reason the people of College Town love, and somehow try to defend him to this day. That, above all, should send the message if his character: the very people whom he allowed to be victimized still revere him. He was more than just football; he was a hero–for all the right reasons. The people of University Park are not stupid, they are not letting a villain off the hook as some have suggested, nor are they enablers. Those labels imply that they do not care about what happened. Of course they care! This is their town, their team, and their tradition decimated. They still love Joe PA because they lived with him; they saw first-hand the caliber of his life. They are sensible enough to know this one terrible lack of judgment does not change the man he was. His statue was erected for more than just winning. His coaching was focused on more than just winning.
Edmund Burke wrote that “All that is necessary for the triumph of is that good men do nothing.” Never have we had a more tragic example one of the best men in sports somehow, tragically, selfishly, xxx doing nothing. Because he did nothing dozens of innocent children had their lives changed, many of them ruined forever. The good man stood by idly while his assistant repeatedly committed the crime even Jesus found worthy of capital punishment. I have already called his life good, serving, charactered, honest, humble, giving, and charitable. These things are all true; which is exactly what makes the Freeh report so hard to tackle. For one event in his life he was bad, selfish, immoral, dishonest, arrogant, secretive, and manipulative. I said he put his character, integrity, family and community first; that coaching meant more than winning. Yet for one event he punted on his morals, putting his record, his legacy, his wins, and himself first; but I refuse to let that re-define every bit of good he worked so hard to achieve.
Michael Wilbon, and ESPN host and analyst, reminds us of the reality of the situation. Enough people want to see the statue come down that it will come down one way or another. Vandalism will be a constant threat, and it is unreasonable for the university to have to guard it full time. It could be removed, and taken to a museum, where it can be put in a case and protected, where his legacy can be honored like the statue. In front of the football stadium this will never happen. If it is not destroyed it will be decimated and defecated. It needs to come down.
Coach Bobby Bowden, who has more wins than any coach save Joe Paterno, makes an excellent point. The statue would just remind everybody of this tragic event. Joe Paterno, the University, and the people of University Park, Pennsylvania deserve better. Penn State, their fans, their students, and that town will never be able to rebuild if the statue stays. Every Saturday in the fall will be mired by the memory; the focus will never again be football. Michael Jackson, Kobe Bryant, Ben Roethlisberger, Ray Lewis, and Michael Vick were all able to rebuild their public image after felony accusations, some of which were centered on murder and child rape. Were Coach Paterno still here he could make amends the way others have after such terrible events; but he is not, and he cannot. The University owes it to his family. The University owes it to the innocent football players whose own games and livelihood will always be overshadowed by events out of their control. Most of all the University owes it Joe Paterno. Let him rest in peace.
Joe Paterno was a good man. That, above all else, is why the statue needs to come down.
15 July, 2012
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Posted on July 16, 2012, in Patriotslog Articles, Religion and tagged child rape, current-events, good man, happy valley, last of a dying breed, nba, Penn State, politics, sex abuse, sports, statue, super-bowl, university park. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.