Joe Paterno failed at being a decent human being. We shouldn’t re-lionize him now that Penn State has won the Big 10 conference.
Let that sink in for a moment, and then check out the following image:
Joe Paterno was an decent football coach. But as we now know, he was also a horrible human being. When he was faced with the decision of whether to do what was right, or do what was easy, he chose the easy path. And his failure at being a decent person far outweighs his success at football.
I’d like to imagine that Paterno had the best of intentions, that he didn’t want to damage his players’ futures. But instead of putting his adult players’ careers at risk for a year or two as his football program was disgraced, he put countless innocent children at risk, and who knows how many more were abused by Jerry Sandusky – 32 as of July, 2016.
I congratulate the Nittany Lions for winning the Big 10 conference title yesterday. That is a great achievement, and I congratulate Coach Franklin for leading the team this far. Paterno’s poisonous legacy was an albatross around your necks that you successfully overcame.
And if God is just and real, then Paterno is looking up at Coach Franklin and the team from the Eighth Circle of Hell, specifically the Sixth Bolgia, where he is imprisoned with his fellow hypocrites and forced to wear his lies and fraud as a leaden cloak – forever.