Penn St. head football coach Joe Paterno leaving the sidelines in the wake of the whole child molestation case. Paterno will be retiring at the conclusion of the current college football season.
“I am absolutely devastated by the developments in this case. I grieve for the children and their families, and I pray for their comfort and relief. I have decided to announce my retirement effective at the end of this season. At this moment the Board of Trustees should not spend a single minute discussing my status. They have far more important matters to address. I want to make this as easy for them as I possibly can. This is a tragedy. It is one of the great sorrows of my life. With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more. My goals now are to keep my commitments to my players and staff and finish the season with dignity and determination. And then I will spend the rest of my life doing everything I can to help this University.”
The authorities have confirmed that Paterno knew about former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky (pictured below) sexually abusing a pre-teen boy in the showers in the Penn State locker room in 2002.
Paterno told the athletic director at Penn State, but both failed to notify the police.
Sure, Paterno didn’t do the molesting. But he let it happen. He let Sandusky get away with it.
I think it’s the moral obligation of the university to FIRE Paterno, effective immediately.