The Penn State story is a sad one. I was blown away by the recent Freeh report, an independent review on the handling of the Jerry Sandusky matter at State College.
We all know what kind of monster Sandusky is after he was convicted on so many counts. There were so many youngsters hurt during Sandusky’s time at Penn State. Some of them would have been spared the nightmare of dealing with Sandusky had somebody spoken up and done the right thing over a decade ago. Joe Paterno, a man I looked at with such respect and admiration during his six decades at Penn State, could have made a difference. At first, I, along with many others, took the approach that the coach could not have not turned a blind eye.
I have to admit, I was wrong.
This report proves that Paterno and all the leaders of Penn State covered this up big time. Protecting the image of the school and its football program, at the expense of so many youngsters, is disgusting. The coach wanted to be remembered for honor and integrity. That will not happen now.
I have heard some call for the suspension of Penn State football as a penalty. I have to ask, is it right to punish the young men currently associated with the program today for wrongdoing by Sandusky years ago? Those players and new coach Bill O’Brien’s staff had nothing to do with this.
I am sure there will be plenty of lawsuits, and Penn State will pay a big price financially. Most of all, I feel for those innocent victims that were hurt as they will never get their youth back.
Paterno could have been a real hero if he stepped forward and reported this to the proper authorities. That did not happen.