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Anti-Paterno Banner Flies Over Penn State: ‘Take The Statue Down Or We Will’

This statue once stood, but was torn down. Now, a group of supporters wants to put up a new statue of Joe Paterno near the Penn State campus. (credit: Rob Carr/Getty Images)

This statue once stood, but was torn down. Now, a group of supporters wants to put up a new statue of Joe Paterno near the Penn State campus. (credit: Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (WFAN/AP) — A company that’s towing a banner over Penn State demanding the removal of a Joe Paterno statue has a history of controversy, according to aviation records.

A plane licensed to Air America Aerial Ads of Genoa, Ohio, flew over State College on Wednesday with a banner saying “Take the statue down or we will,” according to the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pa.

The Federal Aviation Administration grounded a plane from the same company after it towed banners taunting Tiger Woods during the 2010 Masters golf tournament.

A report last week concluded that Paterno helped cover up child sex abuse allegations against former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. Many have called for the statue’s removal, but the message didn’t sit well with some.

“It was the threatening nature of it that made me feel people were invading our home,” a Penn State employee told the Daily Times. “That’s not helpful.”

A man who answered the phone at Air America declined to give his name or identify who paid for the flight, but he said they believe in free speech.

The president of the NCAA said in an interview Monday that he hasn’t ruled out shutting down Penn State’s football program for a period of time in the aftermath of the Sandusky scandal.

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