Published January 29, 2012
What becomes so obvious while reading Sally Jenkins' extraordinary interview piece with Joe Paterno is that Paterno still doesn't fully comprehend his role in a scandal that still divides a university, that still creates more questions than answers.
Paterno provided his version of the truth to the veteran Washington Post columnist, one of the very best in our business. Jenkins doesn't suffer fools, liars or hypocrites gladly.
When asked by Jenkins why, when told in 2002 that former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky had been seen in a shower at the PSU football facility fondling a young boy, he reported it to school officials and then became inert on the issue, Paterno said:
"I didn't know exactly how to handle it and I was afraid to do something that might jeopardize what the university procedure was. So I backed away and turned it over to some other people, people I thought would have a little more expertise than I did. It didn't work out that way."
I don't know EXACTLY what to do if I see my neighbor's house on fire , but I do know ONE thing- if I tell someone to call the ambulance and 911 and no one shows, I need to do more...maybe call the police,911, the fire department and ambulance MYSELF !
Not JoePa. After all, he didn't want to damage his legacy, and then there's +THE PENN STATE PROGRAMME. So what if we sacrifice a bunch of kids to the perverted sexual appetite of Jerry Sandusky...what's more important???? Obviously to Joe Paterno, it was his legacy and THE PROGRAMME !
...and Bob(Judge)Douglas???? The obvious probation violation of Steve Croley was unimportant to him. The FACT that Concentration Camp Croley's probation violation was of NO interest to Bob Douglas, as was the Mahoning County Criminal Justice Working Group. After all, why should Bob Douglas care about justice? Does Bob Douglas care that a Youngstown probation officer NEVER followed up on the MANY calls and letters regarding Croley's probation violations?? Why should he when retirement is OH,SO CLOSE? Maybe because justice isn't on the menu in Bob's court. Bob never seemed to care much for the 'goings on' of the former Mahoning County Criminal Justice Working Group. Why should he care now?
Well, Bob, you're in a leadership position...you probably should have left a long time ago, seeing that justice doesn't interest you. Seeing that that failure of a probation officer is of no interest to you.
Folks, would Bob Douglas or (when alive)Joe Paterno have called 911 if YOUR house was next door to them and on fire???? I doubt it. They prefer the 'pass the buck' so it's 'someone else's problem' philosophy. A philosophy that does NOT serve the public, but serves their self interest
On the menu for Joe Paterno was HIS legacy, one that's now tainted by JoePa's INaction, as is Bob Douglas' legacy. Joe's time to fix his has ran out. Bob Douglas still has time...in the mean while, the 'houses' burn down. If Bob Douglas had any decency left, he'd speak out about the gaping hole in the Youngstown Probation Department, and the LACK of effective tools to prosecute horrific violations of OBVIOUS cruelty.
My guess is that Bob will look down at his shoes....and remain silent , as the houses burn down.