On Sunday evening, Penn State Head Coach Joe Paterno died of terminal lung cancer. Media speculation the next day has been centered around whether depression from being fired by Penn State for not disclosing to police authorities information he learned about allegations of child abuse on campus exacerbated the cancer. These ruminations come, of course, after weeks of a mostly one sided argument that Penn State should have fired Paterno for not taking the more moral route, which was to share these sordid allegations with the police.
At the heart of the matter, however, should not be a debate about whether Paterno should have been fired for not adhering to a particularly moral obligation. Nor should it be about whether Paterno’s death was caused by subsequent guilt and melancholy after his shortcomings were exposed. Continue reading Let Paterno Rest in Peace, but let’s not Forget the Real Issues in Question »