Former FBI director Louis Freeh released his 267-page report documenting the sexual abuse that football coach Joe Paterno and three administrators at Penn State "failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children that Sandusky was victimizing," at 9 a.m. on Thursday.
Why is Paterno's statue still standing on the campus?
I know it's summer and there are very few students or faculty around these days, but how can you be a part of that school, and stomach the bronzed image of Joe Paterno? Go to the nearest Home Depot, get some sledgehammers and start knocking it down!
Who is going to stop you, campus security? I don't think so. Once you point out to the campus police that they were the same unit once directed by Gary Schultz (one of the others) not to investigate the child rape allegations, but now they are going to actively stop you from tearing down this statue? I believe even the squirrel patrol will see the irony and allow the destruction to continue.
For that matter, how come the Penn State Board of Trustees isn't doing it themselves? If you want to "move forward" and show your disgust, every one of you should have canceled your weekend plans, driven to State College and spent the weekend knocking the damn thing down!
Joe Paterno still has a statue at Penn State!
Come to think of it, the governor is a member of the Trustees board. Before that, he was the attorney general who did as little as humanly possible to even investigate the allegations! The least he could have done now is call up the nearest prison, bus in as many inmates as needed, and let them enjoy some outdoor time. He should have personally handed out the sledgehammers, had the outing catered while saying "Have at it boys!"
Don't just stop at the statue. Behind it is a wall which reads, Joe Paterno "Educator, Coach, Humanitarian." Paterno's motto was "Success with Honor."
I don't want to say that maybe, just maybe, all of this is a little inappropriate since 9 a.m. on Thursday, but since that time, Nike wants nothing to do with Joe Paterno.
Nike. The same company that has been linked to child sweatshops around the world for decades, took Paterno's name off their Child Development Center immediately after the report was released Thursday. Nike has more outrage than Penn State.
In case any Penn State students, faculty, alumni or members of the Board of Trustees are paralyzed to inaction by the enormity of the tragedy, maybe a cold shower is needed to cut through the 267 pages. In a nutshell, children were groomed and raped by a coach in Paterno's program. He knew about it from the very first allegation, willfully looked the other way and later on helped to conceal, and then downplay the tragedy.
And Joe Paterno still has a statue celebrating him and what he stands for, outside the football stadium at Penn State.
David Moulton is a freelance writer who co-hosts, "Miller and Moulton in the Afternoon," weekdays from 2 to 7 p.m. on WWCN/AM 770 ESPN. His column appears Sunday, Wednesday and Friday.