Women's rights advocates who say Joe Paterno made outrageous remarks about an alleged sexual assault in Florida are asking the Penn State football coach to resign.
Joanne Tosti-Vasey, president of the National Organization for Women in Pennsylvania, said Paterno's comments on Monday represent an institutional insensitivity that endangers women.
The coach's remarks came a day before the Orange Bowl, when a reporter asked a question related to Florida State linebacker A.J. Nicholson. Nicholson was accused of sexual assault and was sent home before Tuesday's game.
According to an official transcript from the Orange Bowl, Paterno replied by talking about past suspensions of Penn State players. He then added this:
"There's some tough -- there's so many people gravitating to these kids. He may not have even known what he was getting into, Nicholson. They knock on the door; somebody may knock on the door; a cute girl knocks on the door.
"What do you do?" Paterno went on. "Geez. I hope -- thank God they don't knock on my door because I'd refer them to a couple of other rooms.
"But that's too bad," he said. "You hate to see that. I really do. You like to see a kid end up his football career. He's a heck of a football player, by the way; he's a really good football player. And it's just too bad."
Tosti-Vasey issued a news release late Friday night calling for Paterno's resignation. A Bellefonte resident, she said she sent e-mails Saturday to Paterno, university President Graham Spanier and athletic director Tim Curley.
Whenever NOW gets involved with anything I know that something shady is up. Mind you, while I do feel that there are organizations that need to address issues surrounding women like matters of health, discrimination based on gender, domestic abuse and sexual crimes, NOW is not that group.
The fact is that NOW is nothing more than a propaganda machine, that cares little about the plight of women. These bullies in skirts ignore truth and fabricate libelous fiction in their sexist and twisted obsession with so-called "radical" issues. And going after Joe Paterno (who also happens to be a conservative & close friend of former President Bush) is just another example of NOW's lunacy.
A male student-athlete is accused of sexual assault and of course, NOW is ready to play judge, jury and executioner. Put aside the fact that Paterno's words were clearly taken out of context as evidenced by the fact that NOW is only using a part of the coach's entire statement to reporters in their little campaign to have Paterno resign. And besides Paterno being a successful football coach, he's also helped to graduate hundreds of kids, takes great pride in the value of education, has done plenty for his community and has no record of ever displaying any kind of salacious behavior towards women. Plus, the man is 79-years-old for chrissakes!
So in fact, this whole brouhaha just comes off as NOW being typical with their self-serving tactics and twisting words for their own agenda.
With their venomous dogma of treating all women like they're nothing but victims incapable of surviving in a world "dominated" by men, NOW and their liberal self-interests help no one but themselves. So recent cases of "honor killings" in the Muslim world, abuse against young schoolgirls in Afghanistan and a Vermont judge just the other day letting a serial rapist go because the sick judge "doesn't believe in punishment" get ignored by NOW, because they're too busy picking on irreverent things like Joe Paterno supposedly making a sexist comment.
Paterno shouldn't resign, instead he would be right to just ignore the demagogues, revel in his recent Bowl win and continue to make fools out of all the "experts" in the media who all called for his head in 2004 because of his old age.