Skip to comments.Statue of famed Penn St. coach Paterno taken down
Posted on 07/22/2012 1:21:57 PM PDT by South40
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. The famed statue of Joe Paterno was taken down from outside the Penn State football stadium Sunday as the NCAA announced it would be issuing sanctions against the university whose top officials were accused in a scathing report of burying child sex abuse allegations against a now-convicted retired assistant.
Workers lifted the 7-foot-tall statue off its base and used a forklift to move it into Beaver Stadium as the 100 to 150 students watched, some chanting, "We are Penn State."
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The PSU apologists are circling on FR.
The PSU apologists are circling on FR.
Don Giuseppi’s statue should have come down weeks ago.
Melt it down for scrap, and give the proceeds to some group that helps sexually abused boys.
No...the Laurentian Abyss.
On a lighter note, the statue was the silliest looking thing I’ve seen in quite some time. JP should be HAPPY they took it down.
PS — Check out the statue of George Mason at George Mason U. in VA. Go ahead,check it out. Is it just me, or are they trying to make George look like a homosexual swinger? It’s a disgrace.
Damn, one less urinal on the Penn State campus.
Can't have someone digging up that statue. Ever.
The Paterno statue looked like he was running for a bus. The GM statue looks like he was dancing. Both blow.
How do you stick up for a coward who knowingly helped cover up facts about a gay pedophile predator who RAPED little boys?
Well, I’m glad you’re proud of the fact that a man was tried and convicted in the court of public opinion, instead of in a court of law, after his death without an opportunity to defend himself.
A man’s life work destroyed by his ignoring a pedophile.
It’s a damned shame but he knew he was wrong, he had to have known.
No football team is worth selling your integrity for.
Which one? http://www.google.com/search?aq=hts&rlz=1T4ADRA_enUS418US418&q=statue+of+George+Mason+at+George+Mason+U.+in+VA&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=3EsMUJzHAuHA0QGhmNCeDA&biw=1093&bih=490&sei=4ksMUNLDKKT40gH9pdiNBA
Well said. Succintly, too. That GM statue is a horror. I guess a serious, deep-thinking, white, Christian, male has to be made to look like a kid from the Backstreet Boys.
BUrial at sea, let him swim with the fishes
The one where he’s dancing with the table.
You mean like Hitler? What was he convicted of?
Funny. Its always difficult when a cult-of-personality is finally declared bankrupt
The same thing played out (of course, on a larger scale) when Lenin’s statues were taken down.
“after his death without an opportunity to defend himself.”
And after he skirted any possible consequences from his inaction. I guess dying was easier than further abusing his power by killing all the witnesses.
Good riddance once more, JoPed.
Tear it all down and try again, Penn State.
Yes, I think JP would be glad the statue is gone. Joe Paterno was NOT in favor of the statue from the get-go. He rejected all that sort of stuff. And he NEVER came into the stadium running with the team with his index finger extended as though proclaiming #1. In fact, one thing that rankled me about Joe at pre-game interviews, etc., was his reluctance to crow or boast or even predict a victory.
I personally think the statue should be melted down, recast into 6” versions of it, or even of Nittany Lions, which would be sold at $1,000 a pop, and all the money donated to organizations which minister to abused children.
They should take his statue, heat it up so they can bend it over at the waist. Then have a statue of Sandusky standing behind him driving him to Hardees.
Bury it, burn it- either way is fine with me. And shame on those who excuse this pedophile enabler with “Well, he was still a great football coach so he should be excused”.
In trying to protect his legacy, Paterno kept quiet and hoped it would all go away. If he stepped up and did the right thing immediately then he would have protected his legacy and the school, the list of victims would have stalled.
His legacy has been destroyed, the school is in deep sh!t.
I keep thinking back to the first game Penn State played after this story broke. I think it was against Nebraska. The student body was in the stands protesting the school for “looking at” Paterno in this story. They had signs that supported Paterno even though they really didn’t know his degree of involvement in the case.
I wonder what percentage of those students understand now?
Worshipping false gods has its consequences.
Good point. Lee Harvey Oswald was never tried and convicted either. So we should give him the benefit of the doubt as well. /s
On principle, I agree with you.
But in a more practical sense, do you really believe he was completely innocent in this whole thing?
I am fine with innocent until guilty, but I am not sure he would come out of this OK.
Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Chairman Mao, Mousy Dung, Pol Pot, OJ Simpson, Bill Clinton, the kenyan CSer — the list of subhuman filth that has never been convicted, but who are still subhuman filth is quite long. Pablo Escobar, Al Capone (only concealed weapon and tax evasion), etc.
The NCAA is applying the “Cam Newton rule” to the school for its complicit aiding and abetting of child rape but first they applied the “Reggie Bush rule” . Riggie lost his heisman ( except he never gave it back) but nothing was done to the school for buying a house!!. This was the paterno statue removal. — Riggie Bush rule” now complete . Now for the “CAM Newton Rule”. Here absolutely nothing will be done because the raped boys fathers were not told!! This is the Reverse Rule” Either way the school will not be punished even though rapes were known to be going on by administrators (Paterno) and employees (janitors) but no harm was dome because the children didn’t complain. I expect totally nothing to be done to “Ped” State except $1 billion in law suits but the NCAA will remain consistent with its hands off, do nothing, transparent worthlessness.
Good point. It really is kind of silly when folks say "but..but...he was never tried in a court of law." Like we're not supposed to have any opinions at all about a crime until a jury speaks.
The concept "innocent until proved guilty" just means society cannot punish a person without first proving guilt. It does not mean we cannot have opinions.
Forgive my pea brain, but that last sentence makes no sense.
Understand that I have no affection for Mr. Paterno. I'm not a friend or relative, or connected in any way to Penn State. I am, however, concerned with fairness. Under this administration, the rule of law applies less and less. We already have a corrupted Justice Department and the courts, from the Supremes on down, have all but thrown the Constitution out the window.
If we convict Paterno in the media, what stops anyone from accusing another wrongdoing and have that person vilified without a trial? I envision that, should Obama be re-elected, we will see more and more of these trials by media. That frightens me.
Erect it in the city dump.
How much do you donate to PSU football each year?
Perfectly said. I can’t shoot you in the head because I think you’re guilty of a crime, but I sure as hell am allowed to think you’re a maggot.
Remember the student riot when Paterno was fired?
It should be blown up, so there’s no chance of putting it back.
See post 33.
Then why is he currently serving 33 years in the Lovelock Correctional Center?
And YES. I should have made a clearer point on that other thread.
And yes. I talked to my local PD first. They know me. Ya know what they told me to do?????
Sorry to disagree with most here, but that statue should stay. The only change should be plaque on it. The plaque should tell the entire story of how Paterno and Penn State covered up the abuse of children for profit and football glory. I think the NCAA and the Penn. Legislature should require that that statue and plaque should remain on display at the front of the stadium as long a there is football played at Penn State. If the NCAA bans Penn State from Football, the statue and plaque should be placed in a very public area on the campus for at least a 100 years.
It’s NOT for double homicide. But guess what, he’s still a murderer. Don’t you think?
33 years? You sure about that?
Columnist Scott Ostler wrote a great column in the SF Chronicle last November that addresses your argument: Penn State's Joe Paterno gets what he deserves
Ostler wrote: Several e-mailers demand, "Have you ever heard of due process?" The due process I've heard of involves a justice system and a legal trial. Paterno faces no legal action or charge. Legally, his rear end is covered. But there was no trial when Paterno was sainted, no jury declared him one of the noblest and finest college coaches of all time. The public decided. It's the same deal on the flip side...
Other graphs from that Ostler column: What is the over-under number on how many people have to know about a depraved predator working under their noses before one of them takes a step to stop the predator and protect the victims? Jay Bilas, the ESPN college basketball commentator, called it "a conspiracy of cowards." ... With responsibility comes responsibility... "With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more," Paterno said in a statement. That's pathetic. You need hindsight to tell you that you must do whatever you can to stop a dangerous criminal?
(Unlike the Happy Valley happy JoePa personality cultists who will have to get deprogrammed to realize that he should have never been deified in the first place)
I love the one where he’s decorated.
You seriously need to lighten up and get a life if that bothers you.