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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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61.

shewentwhoa    

How can people be cheering for this man? Especially when he died, like really?

737 days ago
62.

Regina    

GOOD. They should have NEVER put it up in the first place. He allowed a sexual predator loose in his locker room and did nothing about it. I am sorry that he died, but what he did while still alive speaks volumes about his morals. Football is a GAME. People loose sight of that fact.

737 days ago
63.

azjeff    

They should move the statue to the library to remind everyone to keep quiet.

737 days ago
64.

beboo    

Bet those students feel stupid noe for all the senseless rioting.

737 days ago
65.

bearforce1    

Shutting down the football program permanently is the most apt action.

It is the perfect response/punishment for this crime. The crime was knowingly allowing someone to rape children to keep the football program going.

If the football program is allowed to continue then it means that the plan worked, the plan of allowing the children to be anally raped to keep the football program going worked. This just cant be .

737 days ago
66.

bearforce1    

Paterno is worse. Sandusky is a sick fck. Paterno coldly and calculatingly took the decision to hide the crime and allow more children to be raped so his beloved football team wouldn't look bad.
The action Paterno was to sacrifice children to be anally raped to not slow down his football team. Gross self interest.
If paterno was alive today he would be be up on all sorts of criminal charges and civil suits.

737 days ago
67.

bearforce1    

Joe Paterno is also a liar. The least of his evil conduct but a liar he is.

737 days ago
68.

bearforce1    

I don't know why but this Mcqueary is the one that makes me the most angry. Maybe its because I can put myself in that position and know that I would have stopped it.
I just can't imagine how a grown man watching a child being raped, with the sounds that Mcqueary described could do nothing. Its just a crime against humanity. McQueary must be charged, must must must.if nothing else but to ensure that people in the future stop and report these crimes.

737 days ago
69.

SNAFU    

Is he running out saying, "Smell my finger, smell my finger!" ?

737 days ago
70.

moxie    

Penn State alums that defend Joe Paterno should ask themselves how would they feel about Joe Pa if one of the victims was there child? Would you still defend him? I guarentee this, if one of the victims was Paternos grandchildren, he would have turn Sanduski in a second but they weren't his grandchildren and he couldn't take time out of getting his team ready for the Outback Bowl to turn in a man who ruined the lives of young children. So keep cheering we are Penn State and cry about them taking down the statue of that great humanitarian cause when people around the world hear Penn State, the first thing that they'll think of is this horrible tragedy and not your foolish football team

737 days ago
71.

May    

Put the dang thing on his grave.

737 days ago
72.

ShannonMacri    

Joe Paterno coached almost 47 seasons for Penn St and won 2 National Titles. So what!!! I can think of many other college coaches that've won alot more than just 2 titles in almost 47 years. With all the best players they've gotten their hands on over the years, 2 titles is all in 47 years? NOT THAT GREAT OF A COACH. He didn't deserve a statue anyway. I'm sure he was doing the "Sandusky" to a few kids also. Maybe some coaches. LOL

737 days ago
73.

ShannonMacri    

Notice how the Paterno statue is not really about him pointing to victory. It's of Paterno motioning to Sandusky not to start any of the child rapes without him being there in the showers with Jerry and the kids.

737 days ago
74.

Willoughby    

Joe Paterno was a diddler himself-

736 days ago
75.

drewfus    

beware of false idol worship...

736 days ago
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