We respectfully urge those who love Joe Paterno to think long and hard before publicly praising and honoring him. He clearly could and should have done more to stop his long time assistant coach Jerry Sandusky from sexually violating kids.
Ignoring this egregious wrongdoing, even now, is insensitive. Publicly praising him will only cause further harm to the teenagers and young men who are already hurting because of inaction and deceit by Penn State officials. And publicly honoring Paterno sends precisely the wrong message to others who have or may hide child sex crimes - if you achieve enough professionally, we'll overlook your role in enabling, ignoring or concealing heinous crimes against kids.