Joe Paterno 'Wept Uncontrollably' After Penn State Scandal But Not Over Those Molested Boys

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Joe PaternoA new biography simply called Paterno is being released about the life of former Penn State coach Joe Paterno, and already there seems to be some sort of cry for people to feel sorry for him because of how he reacted after being fired from the university. According to the book's author, Joe Posnanski, "Joe Paterno sobbed uncontrollably" after the phone call came that he'd lost his beloved job.

He apparently said, "I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself." He then told his son, Jay, "I have spent my whole life trying to make that name mean something. And now it’s gone."

(Oh, please. Cry me a river.)

He didn't know what he was going to do with himself? How in the hell did he think those innocent boys felt when Jerry Sandusky was sexually abusing them? Did he ever for one second consider how their lives were changed forever because Sandusky was a man of pure evil who preyed upon their trust?

But as sickening as it is to think about Paterno crying over his smeared reputation, I know that there will be plenty of people who will read those words and take pity on Joe Paterno instead of thinking about those poor, helpless boys who had their dignity stolen by Jerry Sandusky -- a man Paterno chose to protect.

The key word here is "chose," because he could've easily gone to the authorities when he got wind of what was taking place in the Penn State locker rooms, but he opted to protect his precious reputation instead of ending those victims' repeated torture sessions. And if he'd only done what was right instead of worrying about his ego, he probably would've been hailed as one of the most heroic men in the history of college sports. (How's that for irony?)

Interestingly enough, Joe Posnanski started writing the biography before the scandal was unveiled. And now he admits:

No, I don't feel the same way about Joe Paterno as I did when I started writing the book. But I don't feel about him the way his most blistering critics feel. He was a human being, filled with ideals and flaws, honesty and hypocrisy, charity and selfishness, modesty and the refusal to abdicate his throne. There was little simple about him. I chased the complicated story of a man and his long life.

Yes, Joe Paterno was a human being. But so are Sandusky's victims, and they deserved to be treated as such, not like people who simply weren't worth caring about.

How do you feel about Joe Paterno? Do you feel sorry for him at all?


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Momma... Mommagreenspin

Those poor boys :(

 I am from the Penn State area and am disgusted by those who are sad about what happened to the Penn State team. about being sad about those poor VICTIMS!


He looks more and more like a rodent every time I see his face.

Do I feel sorry? Not for him that's for sure! May he rot!

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nonmember avatar kaerae

Complete and total lack of integrity.

Net1957 Net1957

Not in the least!

nonmember avatar KathyT.

Feel sorry for him??! For the love of God, why would anyone feel sorry for Paterno?? By allowing it to happen, he is just as guilty as Sandusky.

nonmember avatar remembervictims

I, too, cried uncontrollably, but in the Sandusky courtroom while listening to the heart-wrenching testimony of the victims. JoePed gets zero sympathy from me!

Bridget Sampson Hudeck

You can feel sorry for Joe Paterno and feel sorry for his victims.  They are not mutually exclusive.  I feel terribly for his victims, but in this whole scenario Joe Paterno is NOT who ANYONE should focus on.  He did something, he repored what he knew to who he was required to report it to.  Could he have done more?  Of course.  But what about EVERYONE else who literally did nothing?  What about the school system employees who knew this happened and didnt go to authorities?  What about the prosecutor who chose not to prosecute?  What about the parents who knew their kids had been abused and did little or nothing?  What about the Penn State officials who actually covered this up?  Those of you focusing your anger on Joe Paterno are worse than those who "feel sorry" for Joe Paterno.  You arent focusing on Jerry Sandusky, or the MANY others who failed.  You are focusing on the big name in the game.  Its pathetic that in a story about abuse you hear more about the one famous person than you do the molester or his victims.  Where are the cries for justice for all of the people who are still alive and actually guilty?  Shame on all of you.

nonmember avatar KathyT.

One simple answer, Bridget. Because Paterno was the most powerful man on campus, maybe the only one who could have stopped this situation without fear of losing his job. There are lots of other guilty parties, too, but Paterno was the biggest coward, in my opinion.

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