People have asked me why I haven’t chimed in on the Penn State Sex Scandal. “Sex Scandal?” That couldn’t be further from the truth. This scandal isn’t about sex in any sense of the word most of us are familiar with. It’s about sexual assaults on boys that went unpunished in the name of football. The attitude that prevailed: there’d be no tarnishing Penn State’s shining star. Football brings a ton of money to the university, and if anyone knew that one of their coaches was a sexual predator, financial support for the team would suffer.
That said, it’s hard to find criticism with the apparent kneejerk reaction from university officials who fired Coach Paterno. He never assaulted anyone. Yet I have disdain for him, not because he didn’t call the police on Sandusky, not because he relayed McQueary’s observations to his bosses, Schultz and Curly, but because, after nothing came of the accusations, he continued to associate with Sandusky, even allowed him access to the university facilities, after knowing full well what the predator had done to a boy in the locker room back in 2002. That’s nearly ten years of silence from the head coach. It’s despicable. How could he even look Sandusky in the eye without vomiting? Paterno deserves to lose his job, deserves to be shamed, deserves his fall from grace because he put his job and the reputation of his football team above the welfare of a child.
And so heads roll all the way to the top. What this boils down to is the old saying: “When you fly with crows, expect to get shot at.” Though they hadn’t participated in the crimes, Paterno, Curly, Shultz, and McQueary all conspired to protect the black raven of their flock, and now they are paying the price for their loyalty (and their cast-iron stomachs). Did president Spanier deserve to get the axe, as well? It’s not hard to believe he knew what Sandusky had done, what he continued to do with immunity, and that the university had to keep a lid on it (cover up) or lose a ton of money. Spanier had to have known, and if he didn’t, he should have. These crimes against kids happened on his watch.
That’s American Pork, my fellow football fans. It doesn’t get any sicker than this. Or does it?