Steve Davis: Taking Down Paterno’s Statue
There’s a report floating around that Penn State will take down Joe Paterno’s statue. The report says it’s for security purposes. I’m not sure if I like that reason. Are vandals that much of an issue in State College? If so, I would assume the statue already would have been hit.
That said, if, and this is a big if, Joe Paterno knew about Sandusky’s alleged child abuse not only in 2002, but if he knew about the investigation in 1998, and that’s why Sandusky retired in 1999, and if he turned a blind eye to a school cover-up, then I believe the school should be taking his school, his name off of buildings, etc. Essentially, they should disown Paterno.
Why? Paterno is 84. I don’t know how much longer he has left on this earth, but, if this all proves to be true and Paterno was aware of Sandusky’s child sexual abuse, then the school can’t be honoring Paterno on its campus, not with new students coming in every year. It will serve as a terrible reminder to an unforgivable tragedy.