The Wrong Villain At Penn State

You don’t have to be a fan of Football or even sports to know of the disgustingly disturbing incidents that took place, oh wait I have to say allegedly, in the locker rooms of Penn State.

In case you’ve been tucked away somewhere on another planet, here’s the skinny.

Former Penn State Assistant Coach Jerry Sandusky, aka the sick  bastard on the left in the picture above, has been arrested and on trial for sex abuse with minors….(sigh) allegedly.

At least one former Penn State student witnessed it and spoke up about it. More on that in a minute.

The lid was blown off this operation in Dec 2011. Not too long after the lid was blown off, Former Penn State Assistant Coach Joe Paterno, aka the guy on the right in the picture above, was fired from his position at the age of 85 after being head coach at Penn State since the Titanic went down (ok, it was actually 61 years….ya know….only).

For a good while I’ve remained silent on this because I didn’t have the facts. I’m weird like that. Unfortunately there are many people that vomit words as if they stood and witnessed anything first hand.

Anyway,  the plot thickened.

Remember that one former student witness I mentioned? Well he told Paterno about what he saw. Here’s where it gets tricky to me.

There was conflicting information regarding if Paterno did or did not alert anyone. That was the part I wanted to wait and find out. However the lack of reporting is the reason given as to why he was fired. Keep that in mind.

So not long after Paterno was fired, there was little outrage and a whole lot of self absorbed know-it-alls who thought justice was served. None of the outrage was as public as when actor Ashton Kutcher took to his Twitter page.

For the vast majority of you will not read that article, Kutcher tweeted the following:

“How do you fire Jo Pa? #insult #noclass as a hawkeye fan I find it in poor taste.”

This tweet led to Kutcher, who has 8 million followers on Twitter, being blasted by fellow Tweeters. He was called all kinds of names, told all kinds of things, even the 8 million followers that he had were criticized for following him due to this tweet.

Being real Hollywood I guess, Kutcher deleted the Tweet, apologized profusely, and turned over his Tweeter account to his PR guys.

But why? Because the judgmental douche’s of the world took that to mean that Ashton Kutcher was in favor of child sexual abuse.

Perhaps my brain is a bit touched, but I don’t see how.

He admitted that he didn’t know about the sex abuse scandal at the time of the tweet. Fine.

But let’s say that he did know about it. At what point was Joe Paterno the man accused of sexual abuse toward minors? He wasn’t the villain.

On 1/22/12 Paterno passed away from Lung Cancer.

Fortunately his former players showed a lot of love to him. But it didn’t seem like many other people did.

Then I saw this article today that brought this whole thing full circle to me and made me write this blog.

Headline says:Corbett (Mayor of Pennsylvania): Paterno should have done more

Excerpts of the article:

  • ”I wish he would have followed up after he made that report,” Corbett said ThursdayCorbett also said in an interview with WPVI-TV in Philadelphia that he and his fellow Penn State trustees were right to fire the legendary Paterno last fall even though the coach met his legal obligation to report the allegation against Jerry Sandusky
  • ”I wish he would have followed up after he made that report,” Corbett said Thursday
  • A graduate assistant told Paterno in March 2002 that he had witnessed Sandusky sexually assaulting a boy in the university’s athletic facilities. Paterno then relayed a version of that story to a Penn State administrator
  • Paterno, who coached at Penn State for decades, said just before his firing in November that he wished he’d done more. He later described the abuse scandal as one of the great sorrows of his life.
  • At a memorial service for Paterno, Nike founder and CEO Phil Knight defended the former coach, saying that ”if there is a villain in this tragedy, it lies in that investigation and not in Joe Paterno’s response.”

Ok I’m sorry. I don’t get this at all. I don’t follow Football and truthfully had no idea who any of these people were pre-scandal.

But to me this is insane. And so many people have jumped on the bandwagon that Ashton Kutcher was wrong and put his foot in his mouth, etc. But I am realizing that I must be crazy. Literally insane in the brain.

If Mayor Corbett believes that the villain is the man who’s charged with these crimes, why do you stand behind the fact that Paterno was fired and say you wish he had done more?

Also the argument of if he reported the actions to anyone or not were cleared up. It stated in clear words that he did report it. And this man was fired because he didn’t “follow up”?

That’s just wrong. Why is it that no one is going after the administrator(s) that he reported to? Why wouldn’t they have had to follow up? While we’re at it, the student who witnessed and reported what he saw didn’t follow up either. Is he to blame?

This makes no sense.

In all of this madness, I’ve heard more negative comments toward Paterno than I have toward Sandusky.

Leave us not forget that this man sexually abused minors, oh, allegedly.

I joke about using the word allegedly because, in case you don’t know, writers have to use that word until he’s convicted. Because if he’s not convicted the writer can be sued.

Amazing to me how no one was saying that Paterno allegedly withheld reporting a sex scandal. They all just know right?

So I guess now people will think that I support sex abuse. That’s just dumb. It was dumb when Ashton Kutcher was condemned for it.

In all of this I truly see the situation where Joe Paterno has caught more flack than Jerry Sandusky.

That’s not right. We live in a world where the man who “didn’t follow up” is just as, if not, more guilty in the public’s eye than the man who sexually abused minors.

And for that we should be ashamed.

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