There are bigger villains in the Sandusky scandal than Joe Paterno, but this deification of the man is border-line sickening. Back in 2002 when Paterno first heard of the allegations, he did the absolute minimum — from what we know — to report what he heard to the university. He went as far as to admit to the Washington Post that he had never heard of “rape and a man” before.
Paterno — a devout Catholic — never once heard the subject of child abuse come up? With all of the scandals involving the Catholic church and “rape and a man,” it’s impossible to believe this to be true.
Yes, the Trustees only took this action after failing themselves, but the fact remains that Paterno deserved to be fired.