rshetts2 wrote:Ok just to be clear, I understand the reasons for firing Paterno. I also think the trustees acted with motivated self interest. Truth be told, the smartest thing Paterno could have done on Wednesday, would have been to resign. Instead he threw the gauntlet down at the trustees. Once he did that his fate was sealed. I am not arguing that Paterno didnt make mistakes, he definitely did. I knew he wouldnt last the season regardless and Im not upset that his career is over. I just dont like the way things played out.
I'm very confused by everything you wrote above. You basically agree with what was done but then say you don't like the way it played out. So which is it? How should it have played out differently?
I, at this time, am unclear as to Paternos complicity in covering up Sandusky's activities but I dont like the blood thirsty mob mentality that has grown around Paterno because I feel its is being sensationalized for effect and thus distracts from the real crimes involved here.
What blood thirsty mob mentality? So far I've seen no one calling for his criminal prosecution, most just seem to think he used poor judgement in not doing more. So what is this "bloodthirsty" attitude you're speaking of? And how does this distract from the real crime? People are upset at his actions because of the crime. I don't think anyone would be upset at Paterno if he failed to report a jaywalking incident.
Im much more interested in hearing how when a man who is in the neighborhood of 6'4" 230# ( Im not sure on the stats ) when seeing a 60 yr old man raping a 10 yr old boy, can just walk away. If you want to direct your outrage how about asking why McQueary, who WITNESSED the incident ( unlike Paterno who had to act on hearsay ) did less than Paterno did?
I've seen a lot of people ask that same question, and ask why he was still coaching and not fired also. But just because there are questions about his action or inactions, doesn't mean that in the meantime we let Paterno off the hook.
Whatever happened regarding Paterno will come out. Mc Cleary's situation seems pretty clear though and every one seems so busy trying to bury Paterno, that the most culpable person is getting "protective custody" ( Ive also heard that McQuearys protective custody story is BS and that he just in hiding )
Protective custody has nothing to do with your guilt or innocence but rather if you as a witness have been threatened or not. Don't confuse that with Paterno's punishment.
Anyway, my point is not that I feel Paterno should get a pass, its that I feel there are better ways to clear this mess up.
Uh, you do know there is an ongoing criminal investigation, right? A grand jury investigated and issued indictments. What more would you like?
It seems the focus is misplaced and people want blood regardless.
Really? You seem to be totally ignoring the grand jury investigation and the indictments issued in the case.
Paterno, in my opinion is down the list of people who need to answer for this. He does need to answers but shouldnt we get answers from McQueary, Curly and Shultz first.
Curly and Shultz are facing criminal charges. They aren't going to say anything until trail. Surely you realize that, right?
Yet, the focus is on Paterno. I feel that focus isnt driven by a need for justice but a need for vengence. I want justice.
Sure, but once again you seem to be totally ignoring the criminal case. You want justice, then wait for the trial and let the justice system take its course. That's it purpose. But there's no reason to wait for the trial to act on Paterno. Even if Curly and Schultz didn't commit perjury, there's plenty of evidence that Paterno failed seriously. There's no reason for the university president to wait. Paterno serves at the pleasure of the university and can be fired whenever they want to do so.