As the Jerry Sandusky story unfolds, and many people are sharing their differing postions on the firing of Joe Paterno, I thought I would add my two cents.
This story made me think, I believe its time to take a step back and realize, hey, sports are just a game, a silly kids game. But thats not the way that most people think when it comes to sports. Joe Paterno is a legendary head coach, holding numerous records and winning Penn State many games. When I first saw the news that Paterno had been fired, my initial reaction was wow, how can you fire someone like that, with all that history and recognition that he has achieved? I know, that sounds ridiculous, but I am a sports fan, I love sports. Joe Paterno is a household name in the sporting world. So of course, me the sports worshipping fanatic(also uninformed)was in shock.
But, as I read stories on what happened in the Penn State football program regarding the Sandusky case, I became appalled. This escalated when I read the Grand Jury report on this matter. How could a man witness child rape, and not report it to the police? How could a head coach, the face of the university, not report what he had heard to the police? How could the school Administration and President do NOTHING when informed of the actions of Coach Sandusky. Its simple, because he was a coach, of the illustrious football team at Penn State. The football team at Penn State bring in millions of dollars in revenue, and the schools student body rallies around the football program all year wrong. In simpler words, football is a big deal at Penn State.
The coaches at Penn State, and all of those involved in this case, made an explicit choice, and sent a powerful message to the world. Penn State Football was more important then the lives of children, and could not be engulfed in scandal. This is disgusting to think about. That a sporting program could possibly be more important to a group of individuals then the lives of young defenseless children. But this is the current state of sports in America, and it took this event for many people to realize this reality. Its time we do something about it. Racism, Sexism, Child Abuse, or any abuse of any person should take precedence over any sporting subject. The well being of a person is far more important then any sporting event, game, or outcome. If you ever witness someone or something that is denying the well being of a human being, animal, etcetera, I have one piece of advice. Speak up!
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”