Penn State’s president decided to remove Joe Paterno’s statue early this morning. I’ve got one thing to say to this gentleman.
Good for the president in making the right, albeit courageous decision. And congrats to the Board of Trustees in backing him.
Simply put, Penn State had to remove that statue because it has become a lightning rod of so much controversy. After all, Paterno enabled a child predator in Jerry Sandusky for so long. Paterno is lucky that he is not alive to face charges of perjury and witness the backlash to his legacy.
As they say, it takes one act of stupidity to erase many acts of good.
Of course, this is not the end for Penn State. You better believe there will be civil suits coming in the form of tens – if not hundreds – of millions of dollars. The state of Pennsylvania may consider pulling its funding from Penn State. And there is the matter of the NCAA coming down with “unprecedented penalties”.
One more thing: in watching the reaction of the students and alums, it is downright sad to see otherwise intelligent people be so (plucking) delusional. If that’s not proof as to why the statue had to come down, I don’t know what is…