The End of Joe Pa?
Even if you are not a college football fan, you know who Joe Pa is. The 84 year old head coach of the Penn State football team is facing a lot of pressure to resign in the wake of the news that one of his former assistant coaches was involved in a massive child sex abuse scandal with the issue being that Paterno was made aware of it and the only action taken on his part was reporting it to the athletic director.
This comes from Wikipedia:
Paterno’s former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was arrested on 40 counts of molesting eight young boys over a 15-year period, including incidents that occurred at Penn State.A 2011 grand jury investigation reported that a graduate assistant told Paterno in 2002 that he had seen Sandusky performing a sex act on a 10-year-old boy in Penn State football’s shower facilities. According to the report, Paterno notified Athletic Director Tim Curley the next day about the incident. Also in November 2011, Curley and university senior vice president Gary Schultz were charged with failing to report the incident to police and lying to a grand jury regarding what they knew about the incident. Although Paterno has not been implicated in any wrongdoing, and was praised by the grand jury for informing Curley, advocates for sexual abuse victims have called for charges to be brought against Paterno for not contacting the police himself. On November 7th, Pennsylvania state police Commissioner Frank Noonan said that though Paterno may have fulfilled his legal requirement to report suspected abuse, “somebody has to question about what I would consider the moral requirements for a human being that knows of sexual things that are taking place with a child,” and that, “I think you have the moral responsibility, anyone. Not whether you’re a football coach or a university president or the guy sweeping the building. I think you have a moral responsibility to call us.” Further, criticism of Paterno, including calls for his dismissal, followed reports of these arrests for his role in “protecting Penn State’s brand instead of a child”, and allowing Sandusky to retain emeritus status and unfettered access to the university’s football program and facilities despite knowledge of the allegations of sexual abuse.
Let’s discuss the Joe Pa situation this morning.