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Why Can’t We Focus On The Victims Of The Penn St Scandal?

Joe Paterno
By: Brian Bahr/Getty Images Sport

By now you have heard about the unspeakable acts that have gone on at Penn State University. If you listen to sports talk radio as much as I do, you have been hearing about it non stop for the past two days.

The sad thing is, we are not hearing about the victims.

Now I am not talking about the Grand Jury PDF that ESPN has on Which by the way, if you can make it though all 23 pages, there is something seriously wrong with you. I understand it is public knowledge, but do we really need to read that?

Let me make this clear. I am not wanting to know who the victims are and I do not want to know what has happend to each one of them. It would be nice if some attention could be paid to where it needs to be paid for once.

What I do want, is for everyone to talk about how this is going to be with these boys for the rest of their lives, that these boys may never be right mentally, that years of therapy are awaiting them.  You think I am wrong? This is real life people. These statements are facts.

Sadly though, we are not going to hear about this and this may be the last time I speak of them. Sadly in the world we live in, these boys are not the story, Joe Paterno is.

Andy and I have been talking about JoePa the last two days, throwing questions back and forth, trying to figure out what he was thinking by not going to the police in 2002? We have come up we two things.

1. JoePa in the world of working at a University, was correct in reporting what was told to him by at the graduate assistant Mike McQueary to his superiors.

2. JoePa was wrong not to go to his superiors and follow up with them and not find out why they had not reported Sandusky to the police.

What is lost in all of this is the fact that Jerry Sandusky is the bad guy. He is the one who committed these horrible acts. Even after 1998, the first time Sandusky was accused of child abuse, he was allowed to be on campus and use the University’s facilities for his nonprofit organization for kids.


This is what I can’t understand. Why was he allowed to continue to work with children and be on campus? Why wasn’t he to told to get the hell outta here!

As I write this, it has been announced that Joe Paterno will retire at the end of the season. After 46  years of being the Head Coach at PSU, it is over.

You tell me. Was this right or wrong? Is JoePa to blame or the University? Or both?

I do not have kids yet, but I have nephews and I have friends with kids and I could not imagine what I would do if something like this happend to them. I don’t even like typing it.

Do you have kids? What would you do? Who would you blame?

What I do know is that there will still be a game this Saturday, Penn St. will be playing Nebraska, and not a single person in the media will be talking about what needs to be talked about…

The victims.



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