There is no joy in Happy Valley this morning, as the bros and brosefs of Penn State University remove their New Era caps and take in the news that recently fired PSU football coach Joe Paterno will probably not be receiving the nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom…
Pennsylvania's senators on Thursday announced that they are rescinding their support for the nomination of Joe Paterno for a Presidential Medal of Freedom, one day after the longtime Penn State football coach was fired by the school’s board of trustees in the wake of a child sex-abuse scandal that has shocked the country.
"In light of the recent events in State College, we are rescinding our support for the nomination of Joe Paterno for the Presidential Medal of Freedom," Sens. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) said in a statement.
I know I should be excited about a strong bipartisan stand against alleged rape enablers receiving medals. Still, while teaching young men to carry a ball down the field is one of our nation's highest callings, it's a little weird to have nominated a football coach for this honor, even before Paterno failed to alert police authorities about the activities of his longtime assistant, who allegedly raped a 10-year-old boy in the Penn State football showers. It's almost as disconcerting as that assistant being called a "Congressional Angel…"
Then Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum thought enough of Jerry Sandusky nine years ago to sponsor the former Penn State defense coordinator for a "Congressional Angels in Adoption" award, citing his work with a non-profit group he founded to provide care for foster children.
Santorum, of course, had no way of knowing that Sandusky was a serial child abuser. All because I've butt-dialed 9-1-1 more times than Joe Paterno has dialed that number in order to report a case of sexual assault.
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Tags: Bob Casey, Football, Pat Toomey, Pennsylvania, Rick Santorum