AquaMan2342 wrote:A few thoughts:
The thing I seriously can't come to grips with is the idea that Paterno would risk his legacy by turning the other cheek at something that was bound to surface at some point. Sandusky is a sick pervert; these kind of people don't stop until they are busted. Maybe I have too much faith in humanity in general, but I won't make full judgment upon him specifically until he is allowed to speak. I say this only because if he really was guilty of the moral crimes people are accusing him of, he becomes an absolute moron (among other bad things). That being said, the media coverage has already painted him as a completely guilty party and when he does speak, he'll likely be labeled a liar if he even begins to defend himself. Again, the only reason I even say this is because it's really almost more evil to cover it up than it is to commit the crime. Forgive me if I believe Paterno has done too much good for too long to at least be afforded his side of the story. In the same breath, I guess I do have a hard time believing that nobody within the program was aware of this stuff, especially after it originally surfaced in 1994. I'm just torn on it.
Been reading some Posnanski? He has many of the same thoughts.
Anyway, we at least know Paterno knew about Sandusky's issues in 2002. We have every reason to suspect that he knew in 1998, during the initial investigation into Sandusky, especially after Sandusky oddly retired in the middle of his coaching prime (seemingly as a result of that investigation). Despite this, the police were never called and Sandusky was allowed to continue doing the same things he always had. Sure, we don't know what Paterno's reasons for doing what he did were (loyalty to his institution, the preservation of his career, the preservation of his friend's reputation, etc), but none of them justify his inaction. That's why I really don't have any sympathy for him.
Part of the reason I phrase it like this is because I never trust the MSM when it comes to stories like this. They are out for views and clicks only. After Wednesday, how often did you even hear Sandusky's name in the news compared to Paterno? Why do you think that was?
That's because the potential institutional cover-up of a child molester is a much bigger story than a child molester alone. You kind of said that yourself above.