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Joe Paterno

Statue Removed

7/22/2012 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0722_paterno_statue_gettyThe statue honoring Penn State football coach Joe Paterno has been removed from in front of Beaver Stadium. 

The statue was removed via forklift as 100-150 students watched, chanting, "We are Penn State."

Penn State president Rodney Erickson announced the statue will be stored in a "secured location."

Erickson released a statement saying, "I now believe that, contrary to is original intention, Coach Paterno's statue has become a source of division and an obstacle to hearing in our university and beyond. For that reason, I have decided that it is in the best interest of our university and public safety to remove the statue and store it in a secure location."

The decision came 10 days after a report conducted by former FBI director Louis J. Freeh conclude that Paterno, as well as other top Penn State administrators, had concealed the allegations of child sexual abuse made against former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.

A new report by CBS Sports says the NCAA will hand down "unprecedented" penalties against the school on Monday morning.

Paterno passed away six months ago.

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Gigidag    

He is not a good person.

793 days ago
17.

alex    

respectful of all victims and survivors of child abuse, this was the right thing to do. i look forward to seeing NCAA announce 14 years of pain/sanctions for PSU

793 days ago
18.

sidithers    

Next should be the whole disguting school

793 days ago
19.

stu    

i hope it was dragged through the streets like Hassan Insane was in Iraq.

793 days ago
20.

the_truth_hurts    

first thing they did that was right

793 days ago
21.

Rich     

So if I understand, many want the football program to be shut down. That means the players and future players are guilty as well??? That means those on scholarship should be dropped? This is mob mentality. Blame those responsible...don't make more "victims".

Simple solution... deny Penn State any championship or bowl games. This will financially paddle them but still permit those above to meet their goal.

793 days ago
22.

Zarley    

Now they don't have to look at that stink finger in the air anymore.

793 days ago
23.

timid    

Good! Sell it to some rich Penn alum who wants a garden statue then donate the money to a sexually abused children's program or distribute it to the victims.

793 days ago
24.

bearforce1    

Too little too late. All reference to this enabler of child rape must be removed from pedo state U.

The program must be killed and all victories won by pedo state while the raping of children was occurring must be stricken from the records.

793 days ago
25.

rebroxanna    

Jerry Sandusky is sick and made evil choices in the thrall of his mental illness. Joe Paterno just made evil choices. Period.

793 days ago
26.

bearforce1    

The statue must be destroyed.

793 days ago
27.

Jordan    

Joe Paterno Allowed his best friend to use Penn State Faciliaties to RAPE young Boys. After seeing some of his past players such as Franco Harris how many past player also witness Sandusky RAPE and did nothing about it and that is why they are standing up and backing the Now CRIMINAL actions of Joe "Turn the cheek Sandusky child Rapist" Paterno.

793 days ago
28.

South Beach    

I want to see the former President of the school brought up on criminal charges, say, aiding and abetting. That would make a lot more sense than penalizing students who had nothing to do with the situation then OR now.

If you parents were dealing drugs and you were 6 years old, would you expect to be locked up based on your parents activities? Small comfort is getting into Penn State and playing on the team is no easy thing, and other schools will be happy to have them I'm sure. I hope. They are the "collateral damage".

793 days ago
29.

Firefly    

Is there a statue of Sandusky also? If there is maybe they should put these statues together. Where the Sandusky statue has the Paterno statue bent over and rammed from behind so it will forever remind people that everyone involved will get it in the end.

793 days ago
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Jordan    

For all the people out there saying nothing should happen to the football program because everyone envolved is dead or quit. So you are telling us that the football program is so big that no matter how bad the crime is the football program should not go on trial and suffer Joe Paterno Allowed his friend to RAPE young boys for the precious football program.

793 days ago
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