LIONEL PODCAST: Alas, Poor JoePa. Abandoned And Hung Out To Dry.

Joe Paterno was fired late Wednesday night as the result of a growing child-sex scandal. The move is effective immediately meaning he will never coach for the school again. I predict two things: (1) watch the lawsuits pore in with lead counsel being those experienced in the Catholic Church abuse cases; and (2) I sadly predict that from this moment on you can count Joe Paterno’s remaining days on earth because the trauma and humiliation of this icon’s ouster will most certainly prove beyond devastating. I hope I’m wrong. But when you’re an icon like JoePa this loss will be beyond incalculable.

Joe Paterno, one of most successful coaches in college football history, was fired Wednesday night by the Penn State Board of Trustees amid an ongoing child-abuse scandal involving one of his former assistant coaches.

University president Graham Spanier was also fired.

Paterno, who announced earlier Wednesday his intention to retire at the end of his 46th season with the Nittany Lions, has been the center of criticism for failing to contact authorities in 2002 after being told a graduate assistant saw former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky assaulting a boy in a school shower.

Sandusky was arrested Saturday and has been accused of molesting eight boys over a 15-year period. He has denied the accusations.

Defensive coordinator Tom Bradley will serve as interim coach.

In a statement released before his firing on Wednesday, Paterno expressed remorse for the victims and regretted not doing more to stop the alleged incidents.

“This is a tragedy,” Paterno said. “It is one of the great sorrows of my life. With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more.” [Source]

The rape of boys by human swill Jerry Sandusky, one of Joe Paterno’s former longtime assistants, makes me puke. That’s an understatement. If you’ve the guts and the stomach, read the grand jury summary. He’s a predator and a psychopath of the first order. What people must know is that these sick people insinuate themselves into the lives of their victims. Sandusky is a pederast, a pedophile and a cold, calculating serial rapist. It’s time to get medieval. Might I suggest axle grease and a soldering iron? Cauterize his cloaca. That’ll send a message.

But JoePa’s been abandoned. Hung out to dry. And he committed no crime. There’s no misprision charge that’s available to prosecutors. And while there may have been a moral obligation to do more, he’s 84. He told his boss. The Penn State legal team should have swept in instanter and learned from the lessons of the Catholic Church and their debacle. They should have immediately thrown this sick piece of human egesta under the bus. Sandusky was of no use to anyone and, moreover, he was a lightning rod. For the life of me, why Penn State waited for a second to frog march this rapist to the nearest precinct, I’ll never know.

The New York Times notes the following.

Upon learning about a suspected 2002 assault by Sandusky of a young boy in the football building’s showers, Paterno redirected the graduate assistant who reported the assault to the athletic director, rather than notifying the police. Paterno said the graduate assistant who reported the assault, Mike McQueary, said only that something disturbing had happened that was perhaps sexual in nature.

As for Paterno’s criminal exposure, it seems he’s without the range of criminal exposure.

Under Pennsylvania’s Child Protective Services Law, certain individuals, including teachers and school administrators, have a legal obligation to immediately report suspected child abuse to child protective services or law enforcement, or to a “person in charge” (supervisor), who must then report the alleged abuse to the authorities. The reporting must be honest. When in writing, the reporting must also include known information about the nature and extent of the suspected abuse, along with other material details.

Within one day of learning from McQueary of the alleged abuse, Paterno notified [athletic director Tim] Curley, his boss. By doing so, Paterno satisfied an obligation to immediately report to a person in charge. [Source]

It all reminds me of Brando in On the Waterfront: “[Y]ou shoulda looked out for me a little bit. You shoulda taken care of me just a little … .”

They should have looked out for JoePa. They should have taken care of him a little.

And just look at this sick waste of flesh. Look at him. He’s going to meet some very nasty people in the hoosegow who don’t cotton to this child rape thing. Provided he doesn’t off himself first. Or if someone doesn’t beat him to it.

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