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Should Penn State Football Coach Joe Paterno Have Been Fired? AMP Radio Listeners Chime In

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After coaching the Penn State Nittany Lions for nearly 5 decades, Joe Paterno was fired by the university’s board of trustees yesterday amidst allegations that he and other officials helped cover up a child molestation scandal.

But what was the most surprising development of last night’s decision? The tons of Penn State students who took to the streets to protest his dismissal!

As you can imagine, Carson was dumbfounded by this response.

In his eyes, there was no other choice BUT to fire Paterno and he asked you all to call in to see if there was some other side of the story that he was missing.

If you’re not familiar with the details of the case, here’s what happened.

Jerry Sandusky, a former defensive coordinator for the team, was recently arrested on charges of child molestation.

Paterno was informed of Sandusky’s conduct as early as 2002 and shared it with the athletic director, but he did not report it to the police.

After Paterno announced that he would retire at the end of the season, the board of trustees thought that didn’t send the right message and decided to fire him effective immediately.

In response to their decision, the students got violent, even toppling over a local news van.

And this is where Carson got confused. Sure, Joe Paterno is a legend in college football, but why are the students so angry? Shouldn’t we do everything in our power to protect our children?

Carson took to the airwaves to express his disgust of the entire situation:

There is nothing on the planet Earth…more hard to wrap your head around as a human being than abuse — emotionally, psychologically, physically — to a 10-year-old boy, nothing. Nothing should get in the way of that. No institution. No one is larger than that. Not a legacy in college football. Not a figure, not a Hall of Famer.  It’s 2011, it’s a new world.

Then he took your calls this morning and things got extremely emotional. Take a listen to what the AMP Radio audience had to say:

  • Do you agree with Carson or do you believe that was Penn State out of line? Vote in our poll and get your voice heard!

[Source: Washington Post]

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