If there is outrage to the events regarding the Penn State Nittany Lions and a desire to remove Joe Paterno’s stained legacy and monuments, then the same must be felt against the Yawkeys and the Red Sox.
Children were raped under their watch, like in Penn State. The totality of their knowledge will never be confirmed in the same manner of Louis Freeh’s report about Paterno and his co-conspirators.
But there remain remnants of reverence for the Yawkeys.
One of the streets bordering Fenway Park was formerly called Jersey Street but is now Yawkey Way. Several plaques and monuments honor the Yawkey family in the stadium,and Mr. Yawkey was inducted posthumously to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
They all need to come down. No more idolization for the Yawkeys. They were not the embodiment of class and charity in Boston any more than Joe Paterno symbolized a higher ideal at Penn State.
If you want Paterno’s statue down, then you must also want the street to be rechristened Jersey Street. The victims may never find true justice. But those who enable the predators need not be celebrated. They should not be in Penn State nor in Boston.