Media Members Should Leave Former Head Coach Joe Paterno Alone
As you all know by now Joe Paterno who has been coaching at Penn State since 1950 has been fired. Paterno was fired due to the arrest of defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky who was arrested for molestation charges that occurred on Penn State University grounds.
Paterno was planning on retiring at the end of the season due to the allegations surrounding the University; however the board felt that the right time was now as he was removed of his coaching duties or as the board said “relived of his coaching duties.”
Paterno was very disappointed about the board’s decision but he respected it. Though he wasn’t the only one disappointed, as riots broke out around campus where law enforcement officials were forced to use pepper spray and tear gas in efforts to attempt to calm the riots.
Though, it didn’t stop there as players, former players, and close friends paid visits to Paterno’s home to show their support.
As anyone would be if they were in Paterno’s shoes, he has been very quiet about the whole incident surrounding Penn State as he has remained in his Pennsylvania home. But if you think about it, what does he really have to talk about? The firing? We know he’s disappointed. The case? He most likely can’t say anything, due to legal reasons? The school? He loves it; it’s his life.
Maybe something else could be asked, but it’s not really necessary; at least it’s not necessary enough to the point where media members are outside staking out his house. Legally, he didn’t do anything wrong, Sandusky did, could he have done more? Maybe, but you don’t need to stake out his house.
The accusation was made; the man accused (Sandusky) was arrested; the University responded; Paterno was fired; and the school, students, coaching staff, and Paterno have all moved on, so the media should too. Pack up of your stuff, put your notebooks away, pens in your pocket, get in your cars, and leave. Just give the man and his family time to heal and take in these past few days, he’ll talk when he wants to talk; in the meantime just respect him as a citizen and give him peace.