… But secretly, we all LOVE to say “I Told You So” – and I’m no exception. Several months ago I took a LOT of heat for being outspoken about the heinous clusterfuckery that was the Pennsylvania State University. Turns out I nailed it.
Not only did I nail it, I actually understated how extensive the scandal turned out to be. The biggest criticisms came around my assessment of legendary football coach Joe “JoePa” Paterno. I made the claim the day that he was fired that he would be dead within months (and he was) but more importantly I took the stance that he wasn’t the great man that everyone swore he was. In an investigation that was just conducted by former FBI Director Louis Freeh it turns out that not only was Paterno aware and involved in the child molestation occuring at Penn State: He was the instrumental voice who orchestrated the subsequent 14-year cover up. Oh PS – The report also makes it clear that Paterno lied to the Grand Jury investigating Sandusky.
That isn’t just me saying it anymore – Now it’s a fact
Since I know most of you aren’t going to read the report, I’ll throw you some highlights:
”Our most saddening and sobering finding is the total disregard for the safety and welfare of Sandusky’s child victims by the most senior leaders at Penn State. The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized. Messrs. Spanier, Schultz, Paterno and Curley never demonstrated, through actions or words, any concern for the safety and well-being of Sandusky’s victims until after Sandusky’s arrest.”
E-mails surfaced that Joe Paterno was aware as early as 1998 that there was inappropriate conduct in his program and failed to report it. Actually, that sounds way too tame – Like a football player got a free tattoo or some other massive NCAA violation. In this case, Joe Paterno knew that little boys were being raped and not only didn’t report it, but actively moved to cover up the crime. For those of you who believe in hell, I believe you get a special VIP section in the hottest section for allowing your friends to fuck innocent boys.
“Based on the evidence, the only known, intervening factor between the decision made on February 25, 2001 by Messrs. Spanier, Curley and Schulz to report the incident to the Department of Public Welfare, and then agreeing not to do so on February 27th, was Mr. Paterno’s February 26th conversation with Mr. Curley.”
See that? The ONLY factor that the extensive investigation could determine stopped the police and DPW from being called was… JoePa. JoePa and Penn State put their legacy, football program, and money above the safety and well being of children. Anyone want to defend them now?
I’m shocked that ANYONE has the pure gall to discuss Joe Paterno’s “Legacy” – Implying that winning 409 football games or being a good coach somehow cancels out condoning raping children. (And by knowing and covering up child rape make no mistake – Joe Paterno condoned Sandusky’s behavior) I never understood the people who point to the “good” stuff that Paterno did. I’m sure he did some good things, but that’s like saying it’s ok to rob a bank as long as you give some of the money that you stole to starving children.
Penn State Football needs the “Death Penalty”. What that means is that the Penn State football program needs to be shut down completely for at least a few years. Is it the fault of the current students or players? No. However, a complete reboot/purge needs to happen. Players are more than welcome to transfer to other schools – Ditto for students. Here’s a point for my conservative friends: Penn State is a state-run institution, funded by your (and my) tax dollars. Are you ok with giving your money to an organization that was just found to be involved from the very top levels of administration all the way to janitors who feared losing their jobs of covering up the molestation of innocent children? Catholic jokes aside – THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENED, and we as taxpayers pay their salaries.
Many of you know of my love/passion for professional wrestling. 5 years ago a wrestler named Chris Benoit brutally killed his wife and son before committing suicide. Benoit was regarded as one of the top wrestlers in the world, and an almost certain Hall of Famer when he retired. After the murder/suicide, World Wrestling Entertainment worked to remove almost all mention of Benoit from the annals of wrestling history. It didn’t matter than he was a former world champion, it didn’t matter than he was one of the greatest professional wrestlers that ever lived. The fact is, his “legacy” was not nearly as important as how he went out.
It’s a pretty sad state of affairs when the people in pro wrestling understand what the right thing to do regarding Benoit was. Penn State supporters can’t come to the same conclusion for JoePa which again leads me to believe that the residents of Happy Valley are isolated redneck carnies who got lucky enough to have the State of PA build a massive college there so they had something besides empty fields to look at.
“The Freeh report is absolutely devastating to Penn State,” said Andrew Shubin and Justine Andronici, part of a legal team that represents several victims in the case, including three who testified against Sandusky. “It confirms that at the highest level, Penn State officials, including the university president and head football coach, knew that Sandusky was a child predator, but made the deliberate and reprehensible decision to conceal his abuse. They chose to protect themselves, Penn State’s brand and image, and their football program instead of children.” (From WPXI)
His status needs to come down at Penn State. Leaving it up serves as a constant reminder that both JoePa and Penn State knew that children were being fucked inside their hallowed halls and did nothing about it. Perhaps even more tragic is that many of Sandusky’s victims were targeted AFTER both Penn State and Joe Paterno were aware that such behavior was occurring.
So if you go to Penn State, I’m sorry. If you still think that Joe Paterno was a “great man” because he was pretty good at teaching people how to play football, I’m even more sorry.
Great men do great things. Paterno, Spanier, Curley and Schultz “failed to protect against a child sexual predator,” burying the allegations against Sandusky out of a desire to “avoid the consequences of bad publicity.” Those are not great men: Those are men who made a conscious choice to ignore what the right thing to do was in favor of money and legacy.
I’ll keep that in mind before I send my children to a school like Penn State. If your blind loyalty to a man, football program, and university found to be corrupt can’t be shaken, I hope your children never run into a man like Jerry Sandusky… although maybe that’s what it would take for you to wake up.