As a whole, the Penn State community has displayed ZERO contrition in the aftermath of damning findings included in their internal investigation (Freeh Report), as well as in response to the NCAA Sanctions. Yes, they all hate Jerry Sandusky. But more and more it seems like they really only hate him because he got caught raping boys, thus resulting in sanctions to the precious football program.
There are some saddened, embarrassed and apologetic Penn Staters. Occasionally a member of the administration candidly admits shame and wrongdoing surrounding the 13 year (at least) cover up of a child rapist. Then the rest of the mouth-breathers demand he/she apologize. Any reasonable voices are being drowned out by the bitterly angry alumni, students, townies and former players.
The poor poor Paterno Family can’t keep from yapping, reminding everyone who the real victim is:
“Tearing down the statue of Joe Paterno does not serve the victims of Jerry Sandusky’s horrible crimes or help heal the Penn State Community. We believe the only way to help the victims is to uncover the full truth. The Freeh report, though it has been accepted by the media as the definitive conclusion on the Sandusky scandal, is the equivalent of an indictment — a charging document written by a prosecutor — and an incomplete and unofficial one at that.”
And then in response to the NCAA sanctions…
“Sexual abuse is reprehensible, especially when it involves children, and no one starting with Joe Paterno condones or minimizes it. The horrific acts committed by Jerry Sandusky shock the conscience of every decent human being. How Sandusky was able to get away with his crimes for so long has yet to be fully understood, despite the claims and assertions of the Freeh report.
“The release of the Freeh report has triggered an avalanche of vitriol, condemnation and posthumous punishment on Joe Paterno. The NCAA has now become the latest party to accept the report as the final word on the Sandusky scandal. The sanctions announced by the NCAA today defame the legacy and contributions of a great coach and educator without any input from our family or those who knew him best.
Ok, we can stop it right there. It goes on, but blahblahblah shameless whatnot, whitewash, etc…
Vocal PSU members can’t seem to trivialize the heinous crimes enough. It’s all about football + their exalted leader. The curtain has been pulled and the culture does not allow the community to believe its eyes.
It’s the “culture” that is obviously central to the problem. It’s why they should have been given the Death Penalty. It’s why the following garbage gets written…
Today, Penn State grad Eileen Morgan took a full-page ad out in the Central Daily Times to write this childish defense of Joe Paterno (and bitter craziness).
Dear Penn State Board of Trustees,
It is apparent you want us, the alumni, to move on. You implore us to move on. Here is a simple fact. We can and will move on, and will join you on a united front, if one of two things occurs. We will move on if 1) Indisputable evidence surfaces that clearly shows Joe Paterno knew that Jerry Sandusky was molesting boys since 1998/2001 and did nothing to stop him, (we already know that the findings of your $6.5 million Freeh report are fiction: (http://emf.intherough.net/pennstate.htm)) or 2) You admit your hasty decisions starting back in Nov. 2011, (including firing Joe Paterno, accepting the Freeh Report, and agreeing to the NCAA sanctions) were a mistake, made under pressure and not based on truth, and that you did not act in the best interest of Penn State University.
One day you will have to look in the mirror and admit that you allowed this debacle to get out of control. Back in November, Penn State had no PR, so the media naturally turned to Joe, the face of Penn State, but he was allowed to say very little. The media applied some pressure and once you, the Board, fired Joe, that was all the world needed to conclude: He must have been guilty. You, BoT, were trying to distance yourselves from anyone who looked guilty so you could come out smelling like roses. Then you hired Freeh to validate your firing of Joe and again to make yourselves look like the good guys. Did it not once occur to you that, by making the icon of your own university take the fall, with no basis of wrongdoing, you were actually destroying the university? (NCAA sanctions, economic suicide, $$ lawsuits, accreditation fallout) You were anxious for so long to get rid of Joe that you couldn’t wait to throw the last jab. And here you are reaping what you sowed.
There will never be unity between the alumni and the Board until you start admitting your mistakes or until all of you who were active in Nov. ’11 vacate your positions, which could be years from now. You want to move on because it is too painful for you to live in this mess you made. I’m sure it is hard for some of you to look in the mirror or even get out of bed in the morning. We all know when we offend or do wrong to another, there are two choices, (wo)man up and admit it and make amends, and then MOVE ON, or sweep it under the rug and never move on. The one who was wronged can never move on until the offense is reconciled. This is why we, the alumni, cannot and will not move on. [GW note - !!!!!]
And now you find yourselves desperate to repair and rebuild the image of Penn State, an image which you single- handedly allowed to be torn apart. Maybe you should first repair and rebuild the trust within our family, and then together, we can restore our great university. It is time to fight for what is right. Please remember this, ‘a house divided against itself cannot stand.’
Sincerely, Eileen Morgan, Concerned Alumni, & Friends of PSU
Ok, Eileen. We get it. You’re the victim. You + Joe Pa and all the other navy & white-clad losers who just want to tailgate and watch some FOOTBALL (ARGH!!!) while the child raping is kept to the quiet rooms.
In true ESPN style, they will be broadcasting tonight’s PSU pep rally. Let the Healing Narratives begin. There must not be a Jets’ practice they can cover. ESPN – You’re also the worst.
Listen idiots. A bunch of kids were raped and had their lives ruined because of your chosen leadership. It’s on the record. It’s in the evidence. It’s in Joe Pa’s own sworn testimony! It’s time for the mouth-breathing shitheels to grow up. Admit it. Show some class and contrition. Focus on the victims. With the kids in your heart, clean house and try to move on. And don’t forget it’s just a fucking football game.