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Buzz Bissinger: If Joe Paterno Died Of A Broken Heart, He Should Have Died Of Shame As Well

By Spike Eskin

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Buzz Bissinger recognizes that Joe Paterno did a lot of good for a lot of people over the last half-century, but says that can’t be the only story.

“He should have quit, he simply should have quit. Let’s not make him into a martyr or a victim,” Bissinger told Angelo Cataldi and The Morning Team on 94WIP today.

Paterno’s death came just three months after he was fired by the Penn State Board of Trustees for his part in the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal. Many Penn State supporters have said that the controversy, coverage, and the criticism that Paterno faced may have been responsible for his deteriorating health. Bissinger disagrees, saying this morning that “it’s very convenient to say he died of a broken heart. But if he died of a broken heart, he also should have died of shame.”

“Joe Paterno died of lung cancer. I don’t think he died of a broken heart,” Bissinger said.

Do you think the controversy was partially at fault for Paterno’s death? Let us know in the comment section.


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  • Ray Schott

    Buzz Lightyear,
    what an intelliigent article.
    You’re a real clown.

  • Anne

    Buzz Bissinger, sounds like something you might catch in a service station toilet.

  • Bill

    Who the hell is Buzz Bissinger? And nobody cares what he has to say.

  • Kare Noble

    JoePa did not abuse any chilldren. He reported what was reported to him and it was up the the school heads to take it from there. Joe did what he was supposed to do by the rules of the school and state. The only thing Joe might of done wrong was not question the heads of Penn State when he saw that nothing was done. It was Penn State leaders that are the guilty party not Joepa. He did more for kids then anyone. He was a 85 year old man who never in his life came across anything like this scandal. Blame the right prople not JoePa, blame Penn State Heads.

    • Dee

      Well said Kare

  • Lawrence Kwasny

    Linda: You must be from another planet; perhaps you and Buzz need to read some articles by unbiased responsible reporters and watch some well known individuals pay tribute to to the beloved coach. Hopefully, if you watch the news you may have better insight with respect to the goodness and class of this great man who passed away.

    • Dee

      Agree Lawrence .. I think that Linda and “Buzz” ought to Buzz off somewhere

  • DPC

    The only person responsible for the sexual abuse is Jerry Sandusky. Joe Paterno spent 61 years at Penn State, Head coach for 46. He is the winningest Division I coach in history. He was a great man, being attacked by much lesser men. Rest in Peace Joe.

    • Dee

      He was an inspiration to all.. a good man not perfect but a man who has made his mark.. a mentor, coach, faithful, list goes on… totally agree

  • DPC

    Joe Paterno is to Jerry Sandusky what Buzz Bissinger is to Bill Conlon.

  • Linda D Bryant

    PATERNO died to keep from having to testify at SANDUSKY’s upcoming TRIAL!!!!

  • Lawrence Kwasny

    Buzz: Your holier then thou attitude is disgusting; Joe Paterno possibly made a mistake, he did not commit a crime. In fact a mother of one of the alleged victims stated no blame should be targeted to Joe Paterno. All of us, including you Buzz have made mistakes. You always have been a PSU Joe Paterno hater and as a member of the media that is irresponsible. Why dont you become one-tenth the man Joe Paterno was and pay a respectful tribute to him and issue an apology.

  • sandra stevens

    It sickens me when I read an article like this, Joe Pa said he wished he had done more, that was a mistake, but it is much more satisfying to this type of writer to mention Patternos name after saying sex abuse then Sandusky who is the abuser. It must be wonderful to be very sure you have never made a decisiion that you could come to regret. It is very sad that 61 years of good work can be negated by one mistake. The media would rather drag someone down then tell the whole truth.

  • Margaret Motheral

    He died of lung cancer, but we have another cancer among us. That is the cancer of people of power looking the other way when crimes, especially sex crimes and crimes against women are committed. There are many guilty in this case as well as the Carl Greene case. The environmental crimes and hate crimes against the whistleblower woman in Mt Airy and Chestnut Hill, crimes that have instigated years of abuses encouraged and colluded with, by the District Attorney and his best friends and political supporters to cover up their own crimes is another example. Threats have been made very recently for exposing them. The community has allowed these crimes and extreme harm for years to protect the “leadership” . Looking the other way and allowing “leadership” to harm is the cancer with no cure in sight.

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