Some of the wounds that the Penn State child abuse scandal caused may be ripped open again as a group of fans of the late head coach Joe Paterno are trying to erect another statue in his honor.
This time, an unidentified restaurant owner in State College, Pennsylvania announced that he’s willing to put the new statue in front of his establishment. He’s organized a group of supporters to help raise the $300,000 in funds needed for the project. He also plans to have the statue built and erected by 2015. The new statue that will be sculpted by local artist Zenos Frudakis will feature the late Penn State coach sitting on a bench and reading instead of standing and holding up the “Number One” sign like he was in the original statue that was taken down in 2012.
Of course, Penn State decided to remove the original shortly after a damning report surfaced that said Paterno was an integral part of protecting assistant coach Jerry Sandusky from being fired or even prosecuted on child abuse charges. Penn State President Rodney Erickson decided to remove the statue and place it in a safe, secured location because its presence was “a lightning rod of controversy” and “a source of division and an obstacle to healing in our university,” according to a released statement.
This, however, is a private citizen running his own business and he can do whatever he wants with it, even if it upsets some of the same people who felt a small, tiny bit of relief that Paterno’s actions may have caused them. However, if we were his business manager right now, we would be asking him if he needed us to pencil in some psychiatric evaluations in the budget for him.