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Artist Removes Halo from Joe Paterno Mural

Jul 16, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

Artist Michael Pilato painted over a halo above Joe Paterno's head on a mural at State College over the weekend after details of Paterno's inaction with Jerry Sandusky became evident in the Freeh Report. The halo was originally added above JoePa's head after his death in January.
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(AP Photo/Centre Daily Times, Abby Drey)

Artist Michael Pilato painted over a halo above Joe Paterno’s head on a mural at State College over the weekend after details of Paterno’s inaction with Jerry Sandusky became evident in the Freeh Report. The halo was originally added above JoePa’s head after his death in January.

After removing the halo, Pilato added a blue ribbon on his jacket in support of child abuse victims.

The fact that Paterno ever even had a halo painted above him is a testament to the grandiosity of Penn State football and the man that made it all possible — perhaps made too much possible.

>>Artist removes halo over Paterno’s head [AP]

Here’s what the mural looked like back in January after Paterno’s death:

A Penn State student walks past a mural on the side of a student bookstore with a likeness of legendary Penn State coach Joe Paterno on it wearing a halo that was added Monday, Jan 23, 2012 in State College, Pa.. Paterno died Sunday. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

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