He liked him so much that he looked the other way on a serial child rapist even when the guy was caught in the act. But contacting the authorities might have affected the reputation of Joe’s program and put his friend in jail.
Sure, Joe told his boss, but that was it. What if it was murder instead of rape? Would he have just notified his boss? Really, how hard is to press 3 digits on a phone to call the police?
I’m glad that Penn State has fired those involved, including Paterno.
I’m surprised that the students rioted in defense of Paterno. Really, kids? The Ohio State coach was fired over what was, relatively speaking, akin to stealing a paper clip.
Sadly, those kids have probably already been victimized a second time if their abuse led them to question their sexuality, as is often the case. The Leftists will insist that they were “born that way” and steer them from the treatment and care that could help them heal from the abuse.
There is a timeless lesson here about finishing strong and doing the right thing even if it costs you. Joe Paterno won’t be remembered for decades of winning and the most all-time victories. He’ll be remembered as a selfish man who put his desires over the protection of victims of child rape. Who knows how many more victims there were because of the cover-up?