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The pro-Joe Paterno voices are heard

Reader response supporting the former Penn State football coach was overwhelming

Originally Published: November 23, 2011
By Jemele Hill | ESPN.com

Hypocritical protectionism is dangerous.

I'm not surprised that my column on Joe Paterno elicited such a strong reaction. I anticipated that, since the story is centered on his knowledge of and reaction to the alleged sexual abuse of children.

But I didn't anticipate that the majority of the nearly 1,400 emails I received in response to it would express strong support and sympathy for Paterno.

I see an irony here in that a lot of the people who responded in support of ...

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