And just like that, the man who was once known as the legendary football coach of Penn State will now foremost be remembered as an accomplice to a horrific and predatory child abuser.
After quite a bit of debate regarding whether or not the statue of Joe Paterno should be removed from the front of Beaver Stadium, in light of the news that former head coach covered up incidents of child sexual abuse by his former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky since 1998, it was finally taken down via forklift as a group of over 100 students chanted "We are Penn State."
Penn State president Rodney Erickson said:
"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."
We're relieved to hear that the obvious right choice was made in this situation.
Such a horrible shame that a man who did so much good for so many would allow such unspeakable travesties to occur on his watch.
And ultimately, the legacy that he has left behind will always be tarnished by what we can only describe as an inexcusable failure of the conscience.
[Image via AP Images.]