11.09.2011

Not So Fast

The stories coming out of Penn State concerning former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky’s sexual assault of multiple boys and the subsequent cover-up by the university have been shocking and sickening.

I came across the following picture and caption today:

“State College artist Michael Pilato paints over the portion of his mural that shows former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky in downtown State College, Pennsylvania, November 9, 2011. REUTERS/Pat Little”
I thought the picture was more than a little ironic—it’s only natural that Penn St. fans would like to paint over Sandusky and pretend the whole thing never happened, but isn’t that the same feeling that led to the cover-up?

Here’s the deal: Sandusky’s sick actions, and especially the ensuing cover-up, tainted the entire football program. Either leave the mural the way it was and try to convince yourself that the on-field success isn’t tainted by Sandusky and Co., or whitewash the entire wall.

2 comments:

Will 11/10/11, 9:07 PM  

It is an awful thing that is alleged to happen. However, I wonder what is going on with Joe Paterno. Either he is getting awful advice, is under gag orders by the Attorney General, or both. I think there is a lot of evil that went on, but clearly someone stepped up and reported this to the police. The fact that JoePa is a witness for the state is interesting.

Luke 11/11/11, 11:11 AM  

Will,

It would be interesting to know if someone “new” became aware of what was going on and blew the whistle, or if someone who had known for a while finally stepped up and did the right thing.

Regarding JoePa, what I have read indicated that on a professional/legal level, he did the right thing by reporting the incidents to his superiors when he became aware of them. The problem is, when he realized his superiors weren’t reacting appropriately, did he have a moral obligation to do more (i.e. go to the police)? I would say yes, but it’s easier to judge someone else’s actions from the outside, in hindsight.

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