In 2012, the removal of Joe Paterno statue on Penn State’s campus outside Beaver Stadium was ordered by school President Rodney Erickson. There’s a specific faction of Paterno truthers who view the former coach as a deity rather than a human being capable of morally-flawed decisions, and a movement’s emerged to undo the perceived wrong by erecting a new statue outside of Tavern Restaurant in State College.
“There’s been some level of frustration among Penn Staters with what happened with the statue at the stadium,” Ted Sebastianelli, one of the project’s organizers, said, via Onward State. “We wanted to come up with a way to honor Joe for all that he did for the State College community. It wasn’t just the university he impacted — it was the whole town.”
The group is reportedly planning a Kickstarter to raise the $300,000 to fund the statue, a process that bypasses the University as a pesky middleman in approving the project.
Innocent children were affected by Paterno’s failure to do more to stop Jerry Sandusky sooner, an action that would have hurt the reputation of Penn State’s football program at the time. I personally cannot comprehend his defenders’ seemingly willful blind spots for that.
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