Some things boggle my mind. I’m listening to sports talk radio this week- the Jim Rome show- when he reads throught the Penn State Nittany Lions’ list of promotions that are happening this season. And there, on September 17, it reads “commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of coach Joe Paterno”. SERIOUSLY???? Where do they have their heads stuck? Do they read the news? Do they pay any attention at all to what society thinks of Joe’s reputation?
If you don’t know what I’m writing about, google “Paterno” or “Sandusky”. In a nutshell, Joe’s employee, Sandusky, abused children in his role with the program for many years. There are allegations in court documents that suggest Joe Paterno knew of, and HID, these crimes starting way back in 1976. Ten years after he started at Penn State. So maybe there celebrating the Fortieth anniversary of him starting his cover up for a pedophile?
What does this tell the victims? Or other victime of similar crimes who haven’t dared to speak of their horrors yet? A couple years ago, they took down Paterno’s statue from in front of their stadium, now they’re going to commemorate him. What they should be doing is building a monument to all the victims of the crimes he covered up, or having a moment of silence before the game for victims of sexual crimes everywhere. But don’t expect that to happen. Paterno is their hero, and they will ignore his crimes and those who were hurt by his crimes.
“His crimes?” you ask? Yes, his crimes. If anyone knows about crimes against innocent children, and doesn’t stop those crimes, then covering up and allowing the abuse to continue is just as evil as actually doing the abuse.
I don’t seriously expect this little post to make any difference in the grand scheme of things, but I needed to vent, so thanks for the space to do that.
Just my opinion.