Unbelievable

When the news first hit, it was hard to swallow: college football defensive coaching legend Jerry Sandusky, one of Penn State’s best, had been caught with more than just his pants down. The report was that a graduate assistant went to the locker room and heard “slapping noises” that he recognized as being sexual and, to his horror and revulsion, found Sandusky having full-on sexual intercourse with a 10-year-old boy. Disgusting, isn’t it? It would be if that were where the story ended. Disgusting doesn’t come close to covering what happened.

That was back in 2002. The assistant, who isn’t named in the grand jury’s finding of fact, didn’t go to the police. He called his father. His father didn’t tell him to go to the police, either – he told the assistant to tell Joe Paterno, Penn State’s legendary head coach. He waited until the next morning to call Paterno. Then, Paterno failed to call the police – HE called Tim Curley, who was Penn State’s athletic director, who then called Gary Schultz, the university head of business and finance. Even campus police were never informed. Apparently, Sandusky’s keys were taken away and he was told not to bring young boys to the Penn State locker rooms again. Oh, and they informed Second Mile, Sandusky’s charity for underprivileged youth.

Never, in any of this, did anyone stop to think that the police needed to be notified of what had happened. Not once did any of the people involved in that particular incident ever consider whether they needed to make sure that Sandusky would never be able to commit such a horrible crime again. As a result, other boys were sexually assaulted for years afterward. What’s more, by the time the 2002 incident happened, Curley testified that he knew of a similar incident in 1998 that Sandusky had been investigated for. You’ll love this part: Curley and Schultz both testified before the grand jury that they didn’t recall being told of all-out sodomy between Sandusky and this young boy. And when the university president, Graham Spanier, testified, he says that Curley and Schultz described the incident to him as “horsing around in the shower”. He also said they had no intention of ever reporting anything to the police. Then, the grand jury found that Curley and Schultz lied in their testimony that they had never been told that the “inappropriate contact” was “sexual in nature”.

Unbelievable.

Now that the feces has hit the oscillating rotator, Penn State has been forced to fire Joe Paterno and his name will be stricken from the school’s championship awards. The school had to cancel a football game due to the lack of coaching staff. Incredibly, students and alumni actually rioted in protest of the actions being taken. Pundits Tammy Bruce, Michelle Malkin and fiction author Brad Thor were all attacked by Penn State alumnui on Twitter for their stance on the meltdown. The common response? “Joe Paterno was 74 years old! He had a lapse in judgment! You can’t punish him and the football team for that!”

That’s even more unbelievable.

This is what happens when morality is no longer allowed in universities. You have liberals indoctrinating kids in our colleges to believe ideas about secular humanism, socialism and anti-religious ideals and we wonder why Jerry Sandusky gets away with child molestation for years after being caught in the literal act. You can see why in the reactions of Curley and Schultz – they were more concerned about the reputation of Penn State in the heat of the moment than they were with the well-being of a child. They were willing to sweep the whole thing under the rug to temporarily save their reputations. This was not a lapse in judgment; it was a deliberate, concerted effort to hide the truth, that a man who had unfettered access to young boys and to secluded areas on the campus of Penn State was committing unspeakable acts on young boys. We have, as a society, essentially said that God and morality have no place whatsoever in society (despite the fact that we have laws, which come from…um, morality), and we balk when something like this happens.

While the graduate assistant might be able to plead ignorance – which I disagree with, but conceivably he could – nobody else can. His father, at the very least, should have told him to immediately call the police. When he didn’t, Paterno should have. And when HE didn’t, the people above him – Curley and Schultz – should have. I’ll tell you right now, if I ever caught one of my friends doing anything like that, I don’t care how long we’ve been friends. First I will beat you soundly, then I will hold you for police. It should have insulted Paterno, Curley and Schultz when they discovered what he was using them and their facilities for. Instead, they tried to cover it up and protect him. Now we have entire groups of Penn State students angrily protesting the fallout, complaining that they shouldn’t have to pay. Wait right there while I check on whether I care…

Nope. My give-a-damn is busted.

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15 thoughts on “Unbelievable

  1. I listened to the Sandusky interivew with Bob Costas. That man is super creepy. When asked if he i attracted to boys, Sandusky hesitated. How can you hesitate when someone asks you as question that is equivalent to: Are you right handed or left handed?

    BTW, I am right handed.

    I have a questions. Teachers have to report all forms of child abuse they notice in their classrooms. They have to go up a chain of command? They can’t call the police on their own?

  2. They shouldn’t have to pay? Them? That’s what they are complaining about. What I want to know is why this coaching assistant in 2002 didn’t stop what he saw, the kind of cruel heartlessness that it would take to walk away from that and not IMMEDIATELY call the police, or not walk in there and do physical damage to Sandusky.

    What is wrong with our society when we can forget that this has nothing to do with sports, nothing to do with whether or not Paterno or Sandusky are good coaches. This is about the children who were raped and abused by Sandusky. Nothing matters outside of them and seeing that Sandusky is punished.

  3. Every time I hear or read of Penn State and Sandusky, I want to vomit. How any person in their right mind doesn’t feel that way is something I can’t fathom. Those men sanctioned the rape of little boys, deliberately chosen little boys with no family to fall back on.

    And the students and alumni that protested… Can you even reason with someone who excuses that? Excuses THAT? For whom winning is more important that protecting children?

    But unfortunately, these excuses for the famous and for talented athletes are nothing new. OJ… Michael Vick… The list goes on and on.

    It’s disgusting.

  4. The protestors in favor of Paterno disturbed me more than anything else about this case. The complete lack of outrage against this cover-up and abuse has horrified me the most. Those protestors in favor of Paterno will become the next leading generation, and generations after them will follow and adhere to their example and their views. The rioters would rather have a pedophile or a supporter of pedophilia as a coach instead of no coach at all just so that they can play sports. This shows the standards the next generation will build upon. I think that in the next 40 or 50 years, our society will have the full acceptance and approval of pedophilia. This is not the only example for my conclusion. Girls ages 6 – 9 have been given sexualized chants and dances because somehow sex is all about empowerment and the key to self-expression. With role models such as Lady Gaga for teens and preteens, we really should not be surprised – disgusted, yes, but not surprised.

  5. And don’t even get me started on McQueary. He saw a man raping a child, made eye contact with the child, closed the door and walked away.

    Hell is too good for him.

  6. Stories seem to change as the days go by. Did he specifically say he saw him assaulting the child? Did he phrase it in a more vague way? Did he in fact speak to police (they now say no report but what is up with the missing investigator who investigated this a few years ago?). If he saw possible misconduct I can understand sending it up the chain of command. I think that is normal policy in many businesses. But seeing an actual assault? I would be pulling this guy off the kid after calling 9-1-1! Add to all of this the intimidation factor of a guy who spent so much time with the organization and clearly had connections with the higher ups. He could probably get people to believe anything or at least pressure people lower on the totem than he.
    Watching these stories just makes me sick so I haven’t watched the interview he gave where he hesitated answering the question “Are you sexually attracted to young boys?” Gee, let me ponder that….. If the first thing out of his mouth isn’t “No!” then it’s not hard to wonder.
    Saw that a similar scandal went on for years in the Red Sox organization. People knew but the family owners wouldn’t fire the guy (loyalty? Denial? Who knows).
    I have to wonder if the school rioters were stupid, uninformed, misinformed, foolishly loyal or just wanted to break some stuff? This just makes me angry and sick and more kids are coming forward.
    AndyB, NH.

  7. Andy, according to the finding of fact he actually saw Sandusky in the lewd act. He knew that both Sandusky and the victim saw him, too. BTW, you’re better than I am…I would have beaten Sandusky senseless and THEN called 911 to request both police and a rescue.

  8. “Andy, according to the finding of fact he actually saw Sandusky in the lewd act. He knew that both Sandusky and the victim saw him, too. ”

    This scandal has opened up a dirty secret in college sports, you don’t make waves. About 5 years ago a Baylor mens basketball player was murdered by a teammate and the head coach attempted a dirty up the victim to hide the corruption that plagued his program. An assistant coach blew the whistle and the program imploded. What happened to that assistance coach? He hasn’t coached college basketball since. He’s being blacklisted.

    McQueery was in the same situation. If he blew the whistle he probably would not become the coach he is now. I don’t done his actions and I understand why he did what he did repulsive as it is. Sports on some college campuses is a dirty business.

  9. “I haven’t watched the interview he gave where he hesitated answering the question “Are you sexually attracted to young boys?” Gee, let me ponder that….. If the first thing out of his mouth isn’t “No!” then it’s not hard to wonder.”

    AndyB

    I did watch the interview. If I were a benefit of the doubt kind of guy 24/7, then I would speculate Sandusky was thinking about the answer to the next question that followed are you sexually attracted to boys.

    If Sandusky has said right on the spot, “No. I am not attracted to young boys.” Then I bet the next question is: Then why do you shower with them? That sure seems odd to me.”

    I am not a benefit of the doubt kind of guy in this case. I found his hesitation rather vulgar.

  10. McQueary’s coaching career is now not only over, but he will forever be rightfully blacklisted from society. So, he had a choice to make.

    Yes, if he stopped what was going on, he was going to be done with football. Was it worth it? He gave up his soul and still lost his football career.

    Do I tangentially understand the point you are making? Yes. But I also understand the thought process of Palestinian suicide bombers. That does not make them – McQueary or the bombers – right. Or forgivable.

  11. I don’t disagree. No one wanted to be the one to say or do anything. Here is a link to a similar but older story involving the Red Sox.
    http://tinyurl.com/85unn52
    I’ve heard some other college basketball stories too lately. People abusing their positions and power and other afraid to cross them.
    I wish people had stood up sooner but CYA runs rampant.
    Andy.

  12. I suppose when that perspective is mentioned, I can understand it to some degree…but I’m sure there’s not a soul here that agrees with it at all. I personally would not be able to live with myself knowing that I had such an illustrious career that I kept by shutting up when I saw something that horrific. There’s no way I’d be able to enjoy it. I would feel too much guilt. Then again, maybe that is why McQueary was so brutally honest with the grand jury.

  13. Andy – that is horrifying. There comes a point where there just aren’t words that adequately capture how terrible something is.

    I have no doubt that allegations will continue to surface as this goes on (and I’m fairly sure the Penn State issue will grow before this is over. I doubt we’ve heard it all) from other schools with dominant sports programs. It’s already shown up at Syracuse, as well.

    I don’t think, necessarily, that child sex abuse is rampant in these programs, but I do think that there are many abuses. And it’s certainly not limited to sports programs – the sex problems in the Kennedy family were ignored for YEARS. Nor was it just the hierarchy of the Catholic Church who were sweeping the problems under the rug – large swathes of parishioners were aware of what happened… and refused to speak about it (disclaimer: I am a practicing Catholic).

    Nor is this a new phenomenon. Much as I’d love to blame this on the decline of morality in our society, it’s been going on since before Sodom and Gomorrah.

    It just makes me despair.

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