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say it ain’t so, joe…


Ok, so Penn State.


I really don’t know what to say, other than this is seriously one of the most disgusting, horrific things I think I have ever heard of. Jerry Sandusky is obviously a horrible, horrible person, but can we just talk about JoePa? He’s an institution at Penn State as well as college football in general. Speaking as someone who isn’t the biggest football fan, I knew the guy even before this scandal broke. In fact, I have always regarded him as a cute old man.

Now, not so much. How he could let this happen while HE KNEW about it going on is reprehensible. He has five children himself.

Yeah, I get that he is one of the best football coaches ever. I understand that he hasn’t had any NCAA violations in the forty-odd years he has coached for PSU. But what I don’t understand is how he could let a “mistake” like this happen. Seriously? You don’t just accidentally forget about the situation. Neither should you report it to someone in the higher up and wait for them to do something about it. GO TO THE COPS OR FBI OR SOMETHING. Don’t just sit around waiting for someone else to do the right thing.

It’s really sad about Paterno. Nobody likes it when someone who is so revered, so idolized falls from grace in such a tragic way that could have been prevented. But I think the students at PSU should realize that he did the wrong thing and needs to own up to it. This case is talking about sexually abusing children. RAPING CHILDREN. Raping children who were already from a hard background; they thought they had found someone who they could trust, and instead he ends up seriously abusing them in the most horrible way. What if it was your brother? Or cousin? Seriously.

The students rioted, which kinda makes me think they either didn’t know the whole situation exactly, were drunk, or just wanted to participate in a riot because everyone else was doing it. Probably all of the three. Hopefully they can see the error of their ways because Paterno deserved to get fired. It would have been completely unjust to let him retire. He turned a blind eye and went on. I’m sorry but you can’t just do that.

As much as I’d like to chalk it up to “he’s a senile old man, though!” I can’t. What he did was not okay. Sure, he didn’t rape those boys, but he didn’t stop Sandusky -and that’s pretty much just as bad as committing the actual crime. He knew what was going on, but he didn’t do anything.

Blah. I have to get up at seven tomorrow.