I did not grow up in a house that was concerned about sports. My husband however, grew up living and breathing sports. His dream was to be an NBA basketball player. He was good enough had he grown at least another 6 inches. When I married him, I became exposed to the sports world for the first time. I STILL don’t understand it…
Every morning we wake up to a local sports news channel. I have heard non-stop about the Penn State scandal. I find the idea that a football team’s perceived reputation was more important than the soul of a child…well, repulsive. Vile. Evil. Devoid of humanity.
This morning I again heard the cries. Woe is Penn State. The sanctions are too tough. PSU will not be able to recover from this. It’s BRUTAL. The fans on ESPN’s website echoes the sentiments of the talking heads on ESPN radio:
A lot of high horses being ridden these days. These sanctions are ridiculous. Except for, the fine to assist abused victims. NCAA should not be involved at all. This is a criminal/civil concern only. JoePa has become the scapegoat for this mess. That is just not reasonable. There was no way he was running PSU in his 70’s and 80’s. He was not even taking recruiting trips. He is deceased. Thus, cannot defend himself. There are likely hundred, perhaps thousands involved in the cover up. Administrators, law enforcement and maybe even the current Governor of PA. Those should be the ones being punished. Not current/future student-athletes. Penn State haters got their pound of flesh, plus the heart. Lessons to be learned for certain. We will return even stronger one day. We should leave the Big Ten. Conference showed no suport. Actually, inflicted more damage. Go independent we should have stayed. PSU versus the world now. We ARE and shall remain PENN STATE.less 2 fans like this.
PSU Versus the World? REALLY? This is a result of “Penn State Haters”. If it wasn’t all so sickening I would laugh my fool head off.
And then this gem from Bob Kravitz: http://www.usatoday.com/sports/columnist/kravitz/story/2012-07-23/NCAA-piling-on-in-Penn-State-case/56441878/1
Tell me, what is to be gained from deleting 111 of Joe Paterno’s wins from the Penn State record books? It would be one thing if it was discovered that Penn State had been running a pay-for-play scheme for all those years, or something similarly wretched. But what competitive advantage did Penn State gain from failing to act proactively on an assistant coach who was suspected of being a serial child abuser?
What is more wretched than paying a player to play football? There is NO way it could possibly be turning a blind eye to a child being raped on YOUR campus in YOUR LOCKER ROOM. That’s not BRUTAL. That’s not wretched. Wow. I think I just vomited in my mouth. A lot.
Bob, you ask, “What competitive advantage?” Let me ASK YOU a question. WHAT POSSIBLE REASON DID PENN STATE HAVE TO COVER-UP THE CRIMINAL ACTION OF THEIR ASSISTANT COACH? Why not call the police, identify the child and let the chips land where they may? WHAT motivated that decision? Could it have possibly been BECAUSE of the football program and the desire to be #1? Could the worship of the PSU football coach as a hero cause those from the JANITORS to the BOARD of TRUSTEES to turn away? To top it, when the crime was revealed, take actions to HIDE the truth?
Let me share with you from the Freeh Report:
From an email February 27 between Spanier and Curley.
Tim: This approach is acceptable to me. It requires you to go a step further and means that your conversation will be the more difficult, but I admire your willingness to do that and I am supportive. The only downside for us is if the message isn’t “heard” and acted upon, then we become vulnerable for not having reported it. But that can be assessed down the road. The approach you outline is humane and a reasonable way to respond. (bolded emphasis mine)
This is contained within Chapter 4 and covers the entire Sandusky incidents involving the shower in 2001. Exhibit 5G is the attached evidence. This quote is from that email.
They made a conscious decision to NOT REPORT the incident to the Department of Welfare but to talk to Sandusky about their being “uncomfortable” with his behavior (showering with boys in the locker room).
At no point is there any evidence that a discussion was made with Sandusky involving the sexual nature of the accusations. There is NO evidence that ANYONE discussed calling the police. That is entirely unconscionable.
The entire report shows a complete lack of judgment on all the adults around these children. It is the saddest thing I have seen.
YES, this sanction sends a message; the culture at PENN STATE as a whole needs to change. It doesn’t go far enough…our society as a whole needs to change.
I’m sorry that “innocent” students (past, present and future) are being harmed. I must admit I have a very hard time finding sympathy for an adult not able to attend a college with a Big 10 Powerhouse football team…but like I said, I don’t *GET* the sports world.
When I hear these figure heads whining and crying about the loss of scholarships and the title stripped away from Paterno, I have to ask myself. What about the TRULY innocent one in all of this?
WHAT about the BOY that was RAPED by a PENN STATE Assistant Coach in PENN STATE’S LOCKER ROOM? What about the fact that Sandusky had access to that little boy BECAUSE of his ties with Penn State and the football team?
I cannot pretend to understand whether the NCAA has acted outside its bounds. I will not render an opinion on those things I do not understand.
I will say, that I feel now is the time for Penn State and the sports world at large to rise above the filth of this scandal.
- The pain you feel is NOTHING compared to the pain that little boy will feel for the rest of his life.
- The shame you feel, is NOTHING compared to the shame the now-adult male feels every second of every day.
- The betrayal you feel by the NCAA is MINOR compared to the betrayal of the victims.
I get it. Child sexual abuse is so hard to understand, that people turn away because they just don’t know what to do. THAT is not an excuse to do nothing.
This could have been different. The entire PENN STATE community COULD have been spared from these sanctions had those in charge done SOMETHING.
If you are going to blame anyone for the state of your community today, blame the people who did nothing when they had the power to do something.