Is this Joe Paterno’s Legacy?
The word came down earlier today from NCAA president Mark Emmert that Penn State will be hit with unprecedented, severe penalties, likely to include significant loss of scholarships and loss of multiple bowls. Rumor has it that Penn State may lose all scholarships for the next two years, among other penalties.
Joe Paterno’s statue came down this morning and a statement was issued by the President of Penn State, Rodney Erickson…
“…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. 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.”
Paterno’s family meanwhile released a statement saying,
“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…”
It’s certainly a controversial issue with people taking sides and strongly defending their point of view. Ty Duffy of The Big Lead supports harsh penalties, writing,
“Left alone, normalcy will return. The normalcy of the foul environment that caused this mess. The obsession with Penn State football transcends a cult of personality. It is an addiction, and one that has engendered a grievous human cost. Forcing “the Penn State family” to go cold turkey from football would be drastic, vengeful and almost certainly unfair, but a silent fall Saturday or twelve might bring things into perspective and break a treacherous cycle.”
But while many agree that harsh penalties need to be levied, many like Robert Littal of Black Sports Online argue this point…
“The current players, staff and others had absolutely nothing to do with the Sandusky scandal, but they are the ones who are going to be punished. The people who should be punished are the administrators or anyone involved in the cover up. Those are the people who should be losing jobs or in some cases prosecuted for their failures to not turn in Sandusky.”
What do you think? Is there a way to spare the players and staff who were not involved, or do you punish everyone? Where do you stand on this issue?