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Joe Paterno, Icon or Moron?

This famous money making coach of great sports success did no service to the athletes and their families.

Joe Paterno statue
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(CLEVELAND) - Some people never saw the mess at Penn State emerging, others knew all about it the whole time. The tribute to a coach who did nothing to help the victims of widespread sex abuse is emblazoned across the university wall, it calls him a humanitarian... cough.

Is there a type of deceit or underhanded behavior and modus operandi that is worse?

And what about that statue of Joe Paterno?

Some, large numbers in fact, believe it should be toppled like Saddam Hussein's image in Baghdad.

Even Nike here in Oregon, took his name down from the building named after him! The idea of leaving the Paterno statue in place is enticing but it is not real, there is no way it would last any time at all, though if it did it needs a blindfold over Papa Po's eyes to signify his lack of heart for the victims of his school and his team and perhaps it could be made of metal and welded into place.

There are things in this world that people can not escape from. This famous money making coach of great sports success did no service to the athletes and their families. - Intro by Tim King, Salem-News.com news editor

Joe Paterno, Icon or Moron?

A person who is notably stupid or lacking in good judgment, (Informal),
By no means stupid but lacking good judgment isn’t this Coach Paterno?
However, before you decide whether or not this moniker for Joe is real,
Make yourself aware of Joe’s sweetheart self negotiated retirement deal.

Very clear that Penn State & its legendary football program knew all along,
About the abuse of children regarding Jerry Sandusky and it was wrong,
From as early as 1998 factual allegations were still ignored nevertheless,
After all, athletics brought in tens of millions and Joe Pa did it the best.

National Championships, Big Ten Titles, radio, TV, endorsement deals,
What about the little boys? Ah, those physical scars will eventually heal,
Exact same for emotional trauma because time heals wounds & after all,
Were not the kids afforded first hand interaction with Penn State Football?

School President, Athletic Director, Head Coach & the Chief of Security,
Nowhere in the job descriptions was it recommended to, strive for purity,
As it is with all Division I Schools, the bottom line is the almighty dollar,
In that quest for the spotlight who cared if children screamed & hollered?

The investigation & Louis Freeh Report showed with no reasonable doubt,
Every one that could have but did not, simply whimpered instead of shout,
Jerry’s, “Second Mile Charity” was nothing more than a breeding ground,
For child abuse and rumors are surfacing that he even passed them around.

1886, “Liberty has made her home, nor shall her chosen altar be neglected,”
President Grover Cleveland on the, “Statute of Liberty” it is well respected,
On behalf of the United States, “We will not forget” he proudly proclaimed,
Wonder if any Penn State Official bothered to even know the victims names?

The statue of Joe Paterno on campus shall not be removed; it is a big mistake,
Especially as the ex-Federal Judge & FBI Head report confirms Joe is a fake,
Everyone involved who could have made a difference has proven to be a liar,
All this time I thought the purpose of a college degree was to take you higher.

By Luke Easter


Luke Easter is a poet who writes about things that are very close to the heart of Salem-News.com. Another former U.S. Marine, Luke heals the world with an approach that reaches people on a different level, one known for centuries, yet too often forgotten in the one we live in.

We live in a world of social & economic injustice. The main reason for founding America in the first place was to relieve the oppression of the King of England. Patrick Henry said it best, “give me liberty or give me death.” And yet, all too often death seems to be the only way out. Why is there such a high suicide rate especially among teens, in the land of the free & the home of the brave? What makes headlines? Good news? Ha! More depressing stories than anything else. I feel poetry takes an edge off the hurt of bad news while still delivering it but in a, “glitzy” sort of way. Giving a different perspective. Kind of like slap in the face as opposed to a knife in the back. At least with the slap you’ll live to see another day and you will know whom it’s from. I wasn’t here for the beginning of the world but at 59, I just might be here for the end.

Even though it’s still a knife, rhyme poetry helps to dull the blade. And that’s my job. You can write to Luke Easter at: lyricsfromlucas@aol.com




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Anonymous May 14, 2016 3:44 am (Pacific time)

The real truth is that Sandusky, raped Paterno. In many ways it was like prison at Penn State. Sandusky made Paterno his bitch, and that's why he got away with it for over 30 years.

Ghostrider August 28, 2012 9:06 pm (Pacific time)

Paterno knew exactly al about sandusky as did Spanier, schultz, curley,corbett, police, PS employees and many others, highly educated people who worked with all kinds of people and could defently READ people looked the other way simply because the young boys who were victims of abuse didnt mean a hill of beans to these blue blooded A-holes, if Justice is to be served the same crowd who protected sandusky will once again serve time with him behind bars,

Ralph E. Stone July 17, 2012 8:05 am (Pacific time)

Given the damning report by former FBI Director Louis Freeh concluding that Joe Paterno and other top officials at Penn State covered up child sexual abuse by Jerry Sandusky for more than a decade, the statue honoring Paterno outside Penn State's Beaver Stadium should be removed and placed in the local dump where it belongs.

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