Aloysius, our Executive Director of Sports Information here at Everyone’s Entitled to Joe’s Opinion, has a few words to say about the sports story that everyone has been talking about this week. If you don’t know what story that is, then what rock have you been hiding out under?
There are some pretty sick stories out there in the world of college football. Georgia players toking up before the Florida game. North Carolina players cheating in their classes. Miami taking money from a known thug to fund their athletic programs. Ohio State players selling memorabilia for tattoos and the coach pretending like he didn’t know a damn thing and the president going all Henny Youngman on us. Southern Cal players accepting obscene amounts of riches from agents. Agents throwing massively huge crunkfests for players.
But what happened this past week up at Penn State takes it all to a completely and totally different level.
Joe Paterno is out as head coach at Penn State. Good. This couldn’t have happened soon enough. Why hasn’t Joe said anything about this already? I guess he’s been too busy thinking about that hottie over in Athens he’s been seeing. So I guess it falls to me to speak out about this one.
Now some of you are running around out there talking about how we shouldn’t rush to judgment on Joe Paterno. After all, he did what he was supposed to do. Right?
Uh…no. Yeah, he told some people that some crazy stuff was happening. But those people sat on the information and didn’t do anything with it. When he saw that nobody was going to do anything with it, he should have gone to the police himself. He didn’t.
People have likened this thing to the sex abuse scandals that rocked the Catholic Church back in the early 00’s. As well they should. There are definite parallels here.
A program that made a living out of portraying itself as above all the craziness and dirtiness of big-time college football now turns out to have been harboring a sexual predator. For a very. Long. Time. And Joe Paterno was in on it. All the way up to his eyeballs.
There were signs of trouble all the way back in 1998. Penn State investigated an incident of assistant coach Jerry Sandusky showering with an underage male. Shortly after that, Paterno informed Sandusky that he would not be taking over as head coach after him and Sandusky retired, at the not-so-ripe old age of 55.
Yet Penn State continued to allow this guy access to the program. They gave him emeritus status, which entitled him to an office on campus and a whole bunch of other perks. From there, Mike McQueary, then a graduate assistant and now the recruiting coordinator, caught Sandusky doing crazy things in the shower and reported it to Joe Paterno who reported it to his superiors–in 2002!!!!!
Penn State should have known something wasn’t right here. If they didn’t know, it is because they didn’t want to know.
Jerry Sandusky belongs in my tummy. He deserves to be hunted down and eaten alive, to remain alive while experiencing the full agony of having his insides ripped out and eaten by a bear. So does Joe Paterno, and anyone else who was involved in allowing this creep to stay on at Penn State for as long as he did.