Former Florida State University head coach Bobby Bowden has weighed in on the the Freeh report released on Thursday regarding the child abuse scandal at Penn State University and he believes the university should remove the statue of head coach Joe Paterno. The statue sits in front of Beaver Stadium and Bowden has joined the chorus of cries to remove it.
The Freeh report was very damning to Penn State University and revealed that Paterno knew more about the reprehensible activities Jerry Sandusky was engaging in than he let on. On Thursday as the results of the report were revealed to the public, sparking outrage. Late last night the Penn State Board of Trustees issued a public apology for the handling of the situation.
Longtime Paterno friend and fellow iconic football coach, Bobby Bowden believes that the university has no other choice than to remove the Paterno statue which pays tribute to Paterno’s legacy at Penn State. “Every time somebody walks by and sees that statue, they’re not going to remember the 80 good years. They’re going to remember this thing with Sandusky.” Bowden continued, “And I say for Joe’s sake, for the family’s sake, I would remove that statue…I mean, just think, every time you go to a ballgame at Penn State and they shine the camera on that statue, that’s going to be brought up again. So if I were Penn State and I was Joe’s family, I’d say remove all that stuff,” said Bowden.
I tend to agree with Mr. Bowden. Mr. Paterno will forever now be remembered for his inaction in this scandal. Penn State is going to have to try to put these events behind them and move on. The university is going to have to be proactive from this moment forward and removing the statue should be the first thing to happen. On Thursday, Nike removed Paterno’s name from their Oregon Joe Paterno Child Development Center.
Currently, in a poll conducted on ESPN’s Mike and Mike website, over 70% of respondents to a poll agree that the statue should be removed.
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