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Originally written on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 11/18/14

The artist who painted a mural of Joe Paterno on Heister Street in State College, Pa., decided to remove the halo that sat above the former Penn State football coach’s head, according to Onward State.

“Sadly, today is one of the hardest things that I’ve done,” artist Michael Pilato told passerbys on Saturday, Onward State reports. “I had to…I got rid of his halo.”

The halo was added after the coach’s death earlier this year because Paterno’s wife, Sue Paterno, described her husband as a “saint.” Pilato and co-worker Yuriy Karabash decided the halo no longer fit.

“The reason I put halos on people is, when they pass away, it kind of reminds us that we have a short time here on Earth,” Pilato said.

A blue ribbon, which symbolizes support for child abuse victims, remains on Paterno’s jacket in the mural.

Many people have objected to former university president Graham Spanier’s presence on the mural. The Freeh report concluded that Spanier, former athletic director Tim Curley, former vice president Gary Schultz, and Joe Paterno, all worked to conceal the child sex abuse by Jerry Sandusky. Sandusky’s image was painted over in the mural last November after the Grand Jury’s findings were publicized.

Now that the halo has been removed from the mural, finally removing this from campus would be the next logical step for Penn State.

Below is a video of Pilato explaining why he got rid of the halo:

H/T Sports by Brooks Live

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6 Comments:
  • I think this is all BS! Fire a legendary coach after you give him a lucretive retirement contract then fire him? Take his name off a big 10 trophy? Take his name off a child care center? talk about removing his statue? Now remove a Halo over his head and replace it with a blue ribbon that demonstrates his support for child abuse programs? Look people he did wht he was supposed to do, he went to his superiors with the allegations against Sandusky with nothing more than HEARSAY. If he would've notified local law enforcement of it they would've wanted to talk to the witness, not Joe. It isn't Joe's fault the University officials didn't take the problem more seriously. Further more what about the parents of the victims why didn't they come forward earlier? Why didn't they call the proper authorities? not trying to sound unsypathetic to them but aren't the partents obligated to their children more than anyone else? Come on people they are morally more responsible than anyone else to the children. If your sexually harrassed at work you goto your supervisor which in turn takes it to the management and if the management does nothing about it how is your supervisor to be held liable for nothing being done? It is my opinion that PSU is just using Joe Paterno as their scapegoat to cover thier asses and save face in the University and public world. DAMMIT don't you see by their not taking appropriate action when it was first brought to thier attention they have put a bigger martar on the university than anyone ever could, now destroy a legendaary coach and his family who loved the university and made regular contributions both in financial and educational ways by his wife tutoring students that needed help. I'll bet there isn't one football coach out there who put as much back into the unversity that they coached for than Joe Paterno and his family, now you want to destroy a Legend that did so much more than just coach football. PENN STATE wasn't Joe Paterno, Joe Paterno was and still is (no matter how much people want to try and pass the buck to him and say it's his fault)PENN STATE!!!
  • Keep drinking that blue and white kool-aid, wcperrysr! I have to wonder if it was your son who was molested by Sandusky AFTER the shower incident was reported to Paterno, if you would be singing the same tune. Paterno had a duty to investigate the situation after it was reported to him and instead he decided to look the other way in order to protect his program and his friend and colleague. Unforgivable!
  • Wcperrysr's comment is the best illustration of why the NCAA should give the death penalty to Penn State Football. I was on the fence about the matter until I read Mr. Freeh's report and the above comment. The NCAA death penalty for the PSU Football program is not only reasonable but necessary both for PSU and rabid fans such as wcperrysr.
  • ALL statues, paintings, photos, etc. should REMAIN on campus and not be removed. AND next to each one, place a sign that says, "Report sexual & other abuse immediately to the police. I did not and many were hurt."
    BECAUSE football was so important and powerful the sexual rapes were not reported is why the football program should be killed for at least as long as the abuse continued after it should have been reported. A message to others... no matter how much good you do, evil is wrong. THAT is what schools are supposed to be teaching. Here is the perfect object lesson.
  • If the photo comes through it's of a sculpture titled "Sanctuary of the Abused Child." It's a very powerful piece. On a large scale would make excellent use of the bronze, once they melt down the Paterno statue.

    (Apparently photos aren't coming through.)
  • It is sad and futile to try and " clear " this clowns name . In my book , hes as bad as the pediphiles . Im sorry , but if i had known about it , first there would have been a serious beating then a drag to the jail where id yell " here's u a child rapiest ! Have fun "
    in life there are things that should not be " kept to yourself " Sad to say but i always thought he had that " look " . Just like Sansucksdy . Its a badge you cannot hide . I feel for his family UNLESS they knew . And it may be likely they did as close as they were . Besides , he was no god , he was only a football coach . Nuff said . God bless the victims and anyone and everyone involved in this godless event . One day people will realize how much damage he did by not doing what was right and turning his " friend " in .
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