Poll: Should Penn State Fire Joe Paterno?
The legendary football coach is facing stiff criticism for his knowledge of alleged child sex abuse and his failure to report it to police.
Legendary football coach Joe Paterno, who has led Penn State University's team for 46 years, is embroiled in a child sex abuse scandal involving a former long-time coach and friend.
The coach's former assistant and defensive coordinator, Jerry Sandusky, has been charged with sexually abusing eight boys over 15 years. A ninth alleged victim came forward Tuesday. While Sandusky, who retired about a decade ago, is no longer part of the official football staff, high-ranking officials in the athletics department are facing stiff criticism for failing to act on what they knew about Sandusky's actions.
Paterno himself has admitted having some knowledge of Sandusky's alleged abuse as long ago as 2002. A graduate assistant had seen Sandusky attacking a young boy in the team's locker room shower in 2002, according to a Grand Jury report, and the assistant told Paterno what he saw the next day. But Paterno failed to contact authorities, instead reporting the allegations to the school's athletic diretor, who also failed to contact police, according to reports. Authorities have said several victims were abused after that time.
While Paterno is not facing charges — and authorities have said he fulfilled his legal obligation by reporting the alleged abuse to his superior — he is facing stiff criticism for not reporting the allegations to police and continuing to work closely with Sandusky — who maintained an office on campus — until as recently as two weeks ago.
The Penn State Board of Trustees is reportedly considering cutting ties with the 84-year-old Paterno. So what do you think? Should Penn State fire Joe Paterno?