Maybe they should put that on his statue.

Three Penn State administrators have just been sentenced to jail for their roles in empowering Jerry Sandusky’s not-so-secret life as a sexual predator, but I suspect what the judge said about Joe Paterno is what’s going to get the most attention.

Just win, baby.

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26 responses to “Maybe they should put that on his statue.

  1. heyberto

    I’m still speechless about this. Just no words.

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  2. Just Chuck (The Other One)

    “He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetuate it.”
    Martin Luther King, Jr.
    Stride toward Freedom, 1964

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    • AthensHomerDawg

      “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke

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      • Go Dawgs!

        Assumes facts not in evidence. Anyone who would stand by as Joe Pa apparently did is not a good man.

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  3. Macallanlover

    And that question about why he didn’t step forward is why there is no defense for JoePa, none. All that he did well in life, and as a coach, will always be overpowered by that single inaction. And deservedly so.

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  4. Go Dawgs!

    And they’re going to put the statue back up!!! That’s a thing that they’re actually going to do!

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    • Macallanlover

      Bizarro world. Bad behavior abounds, but I wonder how they explain that to recruits and their parents?

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      • gastr1

        Is it so bizarre? Consider it in light of all those defending statues of heroes of the Confederacy. People are really good at blocking out nastiness they don’t want to own.

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        • Mayor

          Hey, hey hey!! There is no comparing Joe Paterno with Robert E. Lee, a war hero for the United States in the Mexican-American War and other pre-Civil War conflicts. Lee was once called by his superior officer Gen. Winfield Scott the “bravest man I ever knew.” U.S. Representative from Georgia and UGA graduate Benjamin Harvey Hill said after Lee’s death: “He was a foe without hate; a friend without treachery; a victor without oppression, and a victim without murmuring. He was a public officer without vices; a private citizen without wrong; a neighbor without reproach; a Christian without hypocrisy; and a man without guile. He was a Caesar, without his ambition; Frederick without his tyranny; Napoleon, without his selfishness, and Washington without his reward.” This is supposed to be a football blog. How about sticking to football instead of applying your 21st century morals to people who lived in the 19th century. The victors get to write history. If the South had won Lincoln would be reviled as the man who split the United States.

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          • gastr1

            Thanks for illustrating my point.

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            • Mayor

              So….you favor removing statues of Lincoln because he caused the Civil War and almost destroyed the United States, getting half a million Americans killed in the process? If we are going to remove statues lets do it right and take care of all those Civil War guys.

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              • gastr1

                It doesn’t matter what I think about Lincoln, that’s not the point. The point si the equivalency of thinking x group is crazy for putting up/keeping monuments to things/people that outsiders find morally questionable. ‘m sure people outside the South would totally get your argument. Living outside the South as I do, I can tell you, this stuff plays REALLY SUPER WELL in the rest of the country. I can predict your response to that too– probably something like GFY, amiright? Kind of just like people outside Pennsylvania think Paterno is questionable. Anybody here who’s outraged over the PSU sculpture should similarly check their outrage at the door lest they look like total hypocrites.

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                • Ole Dokes

                  You just don’t get it, do you? The Confederate monuments are just that; monuments to men who gallantly fought & died for the South. The majority of these men were poor & very, very few of them owned slaves or gave a damn about “the Cause”. Comparing a statue of an enabler like Paterno to a monument honoring the memory of Confederate soldiers is preposterous.

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                  • gastr1

                    How did I know there would be multiple folks ready to come at me with, not “hey, you can’t compare monuments to treasonous individuals who seceded from the country over the right to own own people as property to a guy who just stood by over a few individual abuses;” but, instead, Paterno is actually somehow worse than the Confederacy’s monstrosities to some. There again, few humans on the planet outside the South share this warped point of view, so I recommend casting stones at others’ questionable monuments at your own hypocritical risk. I don’t actually care about the Paterno statue; I just find it absurd that Confederate sympathizers think a Paterno statue is immoral.

                    Another thought re: your myths (which you won’t read because you’ve already got the mythology clouding your brains):
                    https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/06/the-myth-of-the-kindly-general-lee/529038/?utm_source=fbb

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            • steveeperdue@bellsouth.net

              Nothing nasty in his response. Your feelings get hurt often?

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  5. Napoleon BonerFart

    I almost want them to put his statue back up so Pitt fans can put Pedobear on it every other year.

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  6. Spike

    Kudos for the judge telling it like it is.

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  7. McTyre

    Still, the enablers remain in high places:

    Bill Oldsey, an alumni-elected member of Penn State’s board of trustees and supporter of the three men, said the punishments were too harsh. “I don’t understand why any of our three former administrators are doing any time,” he said. “It’s overkill.”

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    • Mayor

      I disagree with Mr. Oldsey. What happened in the criminal cases is exactly what should have happened–an example of criminal justice achieved by the court system working correctly. At bottom the Sandusky cases and its ancillary cases was always a criminal matter.

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  8. Russ

    I still wonder why we haven’t seen similar charges against Briles and Starr.

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  9. DoubleDawg1318

    A couple months behind bars seems a bit easy to me considering the devastation they enabled.

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  10. The984

    Why did he call out McQueary? My understanding of the events was that McQueary went to JoePa, went to the AD, and even went to the cops over what he saw.

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