Paterno Family Fires Back at Penn State Board of Trustees Statement

Kyle Scott —  March 12, 2012 — 10 Comments
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Earlier today, we posted an email that was sent out by the Penn State Board to Blue and Whiters everwhere. Basically, the Board apologized, explained, and defended their actions on the night of November 9, when Joe Paterno was fired.

Of course the Paterno's had a response:

“The Paterno family is surprised and saddened that the Board of Trustees believes it is necessary and appropriate to explain — for the fourth or fifth time — why they fired Joe Paterno so suddenly and unjustifiably on Nov 9, 2011.

The latest statement is yet another attempt by the Board to deflect criticism of their leadership by trying to focus the blame on Joe Paterno. This is not fair to Joe’s legacy; it is not consistent with the facts; and it does not serve the best interests of the university. The board’s latest statement reaffirms that they did not conduct a thorough investigation of their own and engaged in a rush to judgment."

 

I have no idea who wrote that, but I'd like to think it was Scott Paterno, while eating a bowl of peanut butter. Anyway, the full statement is after the jump.

H/T to Onward State and (@RBecklerPSU) for the heads up

“The Paterno family is surprised and saddened that the Board of Trustees believes it is necessary and appropriate to explain — for the fourth or fifth time — why they fired Joe Paterno so suddenly and unjustifiably on Nov 9, 2011.

“The latest statement is yet another attempt by the Board to deflect criticism of their leadership by trying to focus the blame on Joe Paterno. This is not fair to Joe’s legacy; it is not consistent with the facts; and it does not serve the best interests of the university. The board’s latest statement reaffirms that they did not conduct a thorough investigation of their own and engaged in a rush to judgment.

“At various times, university officials have said that they fired Joe Paterno. At other times they have said they didn’t fire him. They have simultaneously accused him of moral and leadership failures, and praised him for the high standards he set for the university.

“The tough questions that have yet to be addressed relate not to Joe Paterno, but to the board. Two months ago, as Joe Paterno was dying, the board conducted a series of media interviews condemning him for ‘moral’ failures. Now they are trying a different tack and accusing him of ‘leadership’ failures. The question we would ask is simply this, when will the board step up and acknowledge that the ultimate responsibility for this crisis is theirs? Everyone who cares about Penn State is longing for strong, courageous, honest leadership. Today’s statement is anything but that.”

 

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10 responses to Paterno Family Fires Back at Penn State Board of Trustees Statement

  1. Cue the angry “Joe Paterno helped molest kids and should rot in hell” jokes.

  2. 3 Finger Lenny March 12, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    If it wasn’t for a bad i knee injury, big Scott would have been 1 of the best run stuffing DTs in psu history

  3. Scott looks like he’s training for the nathan’s hot dog eating contest this summer.

  4. Former High School Running Back March 12, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    I played against scott paterno in high school. You literally could not run up the middle. They’d put him in at fullback on short yardage too. Great blocker.

  5. I heard Scott Paterno was the white warren sapp back in the day. Quick as a cat & always collapsing the pocket.

  6. Scott Pa is so fat, I hope he gave up the sweets for Lent

  7. Fuck the family and the trustee board.
    Who cares.
    I wanna know how many people are going to that school for FREE because either THEY or a family member was touched.

  8. I hate to break it to the Paternos, but the firing was justified.

  9. Shannon Sharpe March 13, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Dats Tony Siragusa, brotha.

  10. Interestingly enough, if Paterno had made a phone call to the police, we wouldn’t be talking about being fired on a phone call.

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