Sunday Morning Coming Down: Paterno Statue Removed

Paterno State RemovedThis morning a space outside Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania is absent a long-standing statue of Joe Paterno. The statue was removed and placed in storage. With a significant police presence, reports indicate the event was peaceful, although at one point chants of “We Are… Penn State,” “JoePa forever” and “We love you JoePa” erupted. According to a statement from the University, the statue  has become a lightning rod of controversy and national debate, including the role of big time sports in university life. “Contrary to its original intention, Coach Paterno’s statue has become a source of division and an obstacle to healing 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. I believe that, were it to remain, the statue will be a recurring wound to the multitude of individuals across the nation and beyond who have been the victims of child abuse.” The Paterno library will remain.

Listen to Sunday Morning Coming Down by Johnny Cash

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