Monday, November 14, 2011
A tarnished Penn State
I still can't get over the fact that in 28 year old graduate student, who is well over 6 foot and weighs over 200 pounds, would not have jumped in that shower to stop the raping of a young child. Mike McQuary allowed former Penn state coach Jerry Sandusky to continue abusing the boy. All McQuary could think of was calling his father and then coach Paterno. What a pathetic individual.
You will ever get me to believe that the other coaches did not know anything about this incident. Locker room gossip spreads just as rapid as work place gossip. Questions should have been asked and answered when Jerry Sandusky retired at age 55, for personal reasons. Successful assistant coaches don't retire; they go on to be head coaches. I wonder if Joe Paterno would have given his fellow coaches a heads up, when they inquired about Sandusky. After all, when Coach Paterno reported the incident to his boss, all he did was take away Sandusky's keys to the athletic room. No one picked up the phone to call the police or at least the Second Mile charity to make them aware of the incident. Coach Sandusky received a $150,000 lump-sum payment at retirement and still gets almost $60,000 a year. Jerry Sandusky is free on a $100,000 unsecured bail by a judge who was a volunteer at the Second Mile charity.
I guess it would've done any good to call the Second Mile charity because when its president, Jack Raykovitz, was told about the incident, he never contacted the police either. Penn State athletic Director Tim Curley told Mr. Raykovitz that an employee of Penn State was uncomfortable about seeing Sandusky in the locker room shower with a boy but an internal investigation revealed no wrongdoing.
This long overdue investigation should at minimum provide the names of all the people in positions of authority that had knowledge of Sandusky's wrongdoing. Every one of those people should be fired immediately for covering up a hideous crime. Until then, the university shouldn't even talk of a bowl game, even though it might hurt the players who had nothing to do with this scandal.
I can see the similarity between the catholic church priest scandal and Penn State because it was all about protecting the institution at all cost. The hierarchy put their stamp of approval on decisions made by their subordinates. I don't buy the " could've have known" excuse because a leader that comes through the ranks, knows what happens at the ground level. They could start by calling in all the people in positions of authority and tell them that cover-ups will not be tolerated. They can follow through by publishing their memorandum.
I remember when the local firefighters had their little scandal and many posters said" Boys will be boys." That's where it all starts, as our parents used to tell us " give them little rope and they'll hang themselves." A spouse wrote that we should appreciate the work and sacrifice our public servants put in. We do, but horseplay of a sexual nature, muddies the water on what will be tolerated and what action calls for discipline. If we tolerate it, we get people like Herman Cain, who will laugh and threaten their accusers.