I have never been a big college football fan (I like my O.T. to end in sudden death, thank you very much), but Joe Paterno is still a household name for me. And what started out as a disgusting news story has now become a seething pit of horrible behavior by lots of people.
I know there is much hubbub over Paterno’s firing. Penn State students have expressed their displeasure through riots. But I think it was the right decision. Someone tells you that an assistant coach raped a boy in the showers, and you just tell your boss about it? I could see telling your boss, thinking that he is the appropriate person to call the police. But when no police action ensues, Paterno had a responsibility, as did everyone else who knew about it, even if it was just a janitor, to contact the police.
Because Paterno has been such an institution, people seem willing to give him a pass on this. But we are supposed to be a nation of laws, not of men. No free passes on something like this, I don’t care how many national championships you won.