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The Legendary Joe Paterno Will Leave Penn State Amidst Sex Scandal

8 Nov

Joe Paterno – a name synonymous with Penn State pride – is likely be asked to leave by PSU officials, reports the New York Times.

Admist the shocking sex scandal involving allegations and charges against former coach Jerry Sandusky and a potential cover-up by the Penn State football organization, the board of trustees at Penn State is quietly planning Joe-Pa’s exit.

Other high-ranking officials at Penn State have already stepped down.

Penn State University is suffering a heartbreaking reputation shift in the wake of this decade-old sex abuse scandal that has implicated more than one Penn State employee.

According to the Times press release, “the board of trustees is yet to determine the precise timing of Paterno’s exit, but it is clear that the man who has more victories than any other  coach at college football’s top level and who made Penn State a brand will not survive to coach another season.”

Paterno testified in front of the grand jury that he was informed of an incident involving Sandusky and a young boy, and that he reported it to school officials. However, his description was “vague” and seemingly downplayed the incident which was purportedly stated to him in graphic detail, and his intentions were questioned when he chose to go to the higher-ups at Penn State instead of reporting the incident (in detail) to police.

Though he is not being indicted and is not a target of the investigation according to authorities, his once-golden image may be tarnished in the court of public opinion.

There really are no winners in this situation.

As for today’s cancelled press conference, a report by Fox News stated the following: “Penn State’s president abruptly canceled Joe Paterno’s weekly news conference Tuesday amid increasing calls for both men to resign in the wake of a former assistant coach’s sex-abuse scandal and as another potential victim came forward. The news conference was to be the first chance for reporters to ask Paterno about what he knew about Jerry Sandusky, his former defensive coordinator and one-time heir apparent, who was indicted on charges of sexually abusing eight boys over 15 years.

‘Due to the ongoing legal circumstances centered around the recent allegations and charges, we have determined that today’s press conference cannot be held and will not be rescheduled,’ assistant Athletic Director Jeff Nelson said in a statement.”

Paterno may not have broken any laws, but his inaction and the inaction of others allowed for further abuse that should have stopped years ago.

Nonetheless, it is sad that such a legend will have to leave his career on such a sour note when he did so much for the school and the football program. Again — no one wins in this situation.

 

The Year of the Cheating Heart (Talking to you, Tiger, Jesse, Reggie…the list goes on…)

26 Mar

South Park did a spoof on it. It is a “Hot Topic” on The View almost daily. What, you ask?

Famous leading cheating men. (See their ‘sex addiction’ spoof here. Mature content. But funny.)

There’s been political scandal after political scandal – John Edwards, Mark Sanford, and Elliot Spitzer to name a few.

There’s been celebrity breakups all over the news, fueled by men cheating on their significant others — most recently, David Letterman, Tiger Woods, Jesse James, and, now, possibly Reggie Bush.

Sure, it’s also the year of the IDIOT man, too (Chris Brown, anyone? Kanye West? I’m sure I’m forgetting others, lol!) and the “alleged” idiot men (Ben Roethlisberger, anyone? Sorry. I’m a diehard Steelers fan, but guilty or innocent, he puts himself in one precarious and irresponsible situation after another. but the whole “wandering eye” thing in particular has been taken to a whole new level of disrespect, and, if you ask me, a whole new level of pathetic.

Is sex addiction real? Sure. Is it an excuse for every time a wealthy or famous person cheats? No.

Are some of these mistresses’ tales just paid-for tabloid fodder without a grain of truth? Sure. Are most of their claims true, though? My guess is that it’s very likely.

Unfortunately, in my humble opinion, many men are prone to stray, anyway. Add money, power, and fame into the mix and the whole situation just becomes the proverbial recipe for disaster. The always-growing egos and endless sense of entitlement that these people in the limelight face can’t make it easy to resist temptation. However, I do not think that fame and celebrity gives anyone a right to balk on their moral code of conduct. It is so disrespectful!

And these people aren’t having one slip-up. For many of them, it’s woman after woman. Sometimes, there’s even some babymaking involved. Always, there is a scandal involved. What happened to commitment, loyalty, trust, respect, and common courtesy? Can Cheetah Woods redeem himself? Can Jesse James really claim that he TRULY LOVES Sandra Bullock?

As much as I envy the lifestyles of the rich and famous, I do feel bad for some of these women. No one deserves the heart- wrenching shock that an affair can bring. It is like these guys have blinders on; blithely ignoring the feelings and emotions of their partner. To me, it is heartless, and, above all, inconsiderate. Humiliating. A disgrace to their loved ones, a tarnish to their image, and I believe that this type of behavior makes a mockery of solid and loving, committed, and healthy relationships.

After all, in this country we idolize celebrities. But just because the stars are screwing up doesn’t mean all men are so-called sex addicts with 10 mistresses and BlackBerries filled with naughty text messages. Additionally, I’m sure there are women out there, too, who are involved in these types of scandals. (There’s either not as many … or they simply are a little more crafty about not getting caught.)

Either way, to me, it boils down to this. For one, these men are jerks. I mean, cheating on America’s Sweetheart? With a risqué tattoo model? Really? (I mean, I have 3 tattoos, but to me, Sandra is just the epitome of sweetness, class, and grace.)  Sandra Bullock seemed SO genuinely in love with Jesse James….and in turn, everybody loves HER. And cheating on a Swedish Supermodel? Umm….golf club wielding or not, what hope does that give the rest of us normal girls? Now, I hear (as-of-now) unconfirmed reports that Reggie Bush may have been having an affair while dating Kim Kardashian, who, despite being famous for nothing, I adore. Are these rumors? Regardless, they HAVE indeed, split, or are at least taking a break. John Edwards has a baby to his mistress while cheating on his cancer-stricken wife. That’s classy. Sanford calls his “other woman” his “soulmate”….that had to make the woman he vowed his life to feel just fabulous! It’s all such a shame.

These women need to focus on loving themselves first, picking up the pieces and moving forward. I just hope that this type of behavior doesn’t become a trend. While infidelity exists in all walks of life, its one celebrity fad I don’t want to totally infiltrate the mainstream. If people are unhappy, why cheat? End the relationship, part and go your separate ways, and THEN – and only then – go do your own thing. It’s a lot less painful than “having your cake and eating it, too” … with 5, 6, 7, or 12 different women. (Tiger.)

What do you think – something in the water these past few years?

** Have you heard the Reggie Bush / Kim K. rumors? Do you think that it is true? What about Jesse James’ alleged 3 more mistresses coming forward? Happy that Tiger is returning to golf?  Which breakup/affair is the worst and/or most shocking to you? I’d love to hear your comments! **