Paterno Resign?? Get Real.  

Monday, January 09, 2006

So NOW is calling for Joe Paterno's resignation. This is laughable.

Their basis for doing so revolves around a player on ANOTHER FOOTBALL TEAM being accused of sexual assault and being sent home instead of being allowed to play.

Look, here is Joe Paterno's job: Teach college men how to play football, and demonstrate having done so by winning as many games as possible. As far as I know, that's all his job is. There would be widespread agreement with any statement that he was the best at doing this, or at least widespread respect for anyone holding that position. Nothing in the above job description says anything at all about being "sensitive". I don't know about you, but for me, the idea of a "sensitive" football coach conjures up images of Paterno telling his players not to say anything insulting while they're slamming their opponents into the turf. Somehow, I would think the idea of sensitivity would be more appropriate to people dancing around in tutus than slamming each other around in full padding.

The situation in question didn't involve one of Paterno's players, and the kid hasn't even been charged with anything. The kid's coach took action that he felt was appropriate. Paterno's comment came during a series of comments regarding distractions during the "bowl-game" portion of the season.

"There's some tough - there's so many people gravitating to these kids. He may not have even known what he was getting into, Nicholson. They knock on the door; somebody may knock on the door; a cute girl knocks on the door. What do you do?"

"Geez. I hope - thank God they don't knock on my door because I'd refer them to a couple of other rooms," Paterno continued. "But that's too bad. You hate to see that. I really do. You like to see a kid end up his football career. He's a heck of a football player, by the way; he's a really good football player. And it's just too bad."
Sounds to me like he's trying to understand what the kid may have been thinking. Isn't that exactly what the "rehabilitation" crowd wants us to do? Isn't that what they were saying to us when we advocated the execution of Tookie Williams? And what, exactly, is wrong with anything Paterno said?

1. People graviate to these kids - Absolutely 100% correct and true.

2. He may not have known what he was getting into - Absolutely 100% correct and true.

3. A cute girl knocks on the door. What do you do? - Me? If I'm a 20-year old college guy, I know exactly what I do. I find out if she's interested in me. I try to find out how close I would like to get. If it seems to me a match, I go wherever she's willing.

4. That's too bad. You hate to see that. - Absolutely 100% correct and true.

5. He's a heck of a football player. He's a really good football player. - Let me tell you, if those words are coming from the likes of Joe Paterno, I'm inclined to believe them.

No charges have been filed against the player. He has therefore not been tried for or convicted of anything. For all we know, this girl may have initiated something with malicious intent. I'm not saying that's what happened, but given this kid's situation (young celebrity bound for riches beyond belief), it's entirely possible. For all we know, she could have been a fan of the opposing team and wanted to make sure he didn't play.

Women aren't as pure as the driven snow, you know. They do have criminals among them. They do have those among them who would do whatever they had to to hurt a guy out of hate for males. There are those who would do this for financial gain. There are those who would do this to impress their friends. There are all kinds of criminal minds among women, just like there are among men. In cases of sexual assault, it's easy for them. All they have to do is paint themselves as this little poor innocent lady who was taken advantage of by this big football player of a guy.

The real issue here should not be what Paterno said about the matter, but what ACTUALLY happened with regard to the incident. It is truly "too bad" that this happened. Don't get me wrong. If it can be conclusively proven that this fellow assaulted an innocent young lady in any way, he should face serious consequences for his actions. However, if he did not, then he should be exonerated. In a society where being non-judgmental is supposed to be the order of the day, why demand a man's resignation when he does just that?