Rot in h-e-double l? (sorry I just don't like to type that word out). And perhaps this is pretty harsh so....
Let me just preface this post by saying it isn't going to be the happy go lucky fun posts that I tend to post and I might ruffle some feathers. And although I am not one to judge nor do I like to judge there are certain things that I do have very strong opinions about and therefore might be considered as judging. This subject happens to be one of those things.
My husband and I have been having somewhat of a debate going since the firing of Joe Paterno and many on his team at Penn State. Since he passed just recently it has come to the forefront again in our house. We debated at length about it on Sunday before church.
Joe Paterno, although he is the most winning coach at Penn State unfortunately that is not the legacy he is going to leave. Now if you remember he was part of the huge scandal that rocked the school this past year regarding one of his *former* staff members Jerry Sandusky. Jerry Sandusky is awaiting trial on 52 criminal counts for what prosecutors say was sexual abuse of 10 children over 15 years!
Jerry Sandusky allegedly sexually abused several boys while part of the Penn State staff, in the Penn State locker rooms as well as many boys who were part of The Second Mile, the charity he founded. Although many people were involved in this in some form or another, I look at Joe Paterno quite differently now. He is no longer the great coach of Penn State. He is no longer the long upstanding citizen he once was. He might still be a legend but for the wrong reasons.
He knew of these acts. And it is said that he reported them but yet he continued to allow Sandusky around boys even after the initial allegations. He thought those that he told were more qualified to handle it and that they would. He admits that he should have done more. Really! You think?
The boys involved who are now grown men, will live with this forever. Will be scared forever. This will follow them into all aspects of their lives. Relationships with their friends, family, wife, children. It will never go away. It will always be there in the back of their mind. Sure, they might suppress it as much as possible but it will rear its ugly head at the most inopportune times.
While you, the most winning coach, go about your day like nothing, for years. But not anymore.
There is something to be said about those you associate with. I say, Joe Paterno, you associated with the wrong person for to long and therefore although you did not commit the crime that Jerry Sandusky did, you are guilty by association for standing by and not following through.
You could have changed the outcome. You could have stopped Sandusky from hurting more boys. But you didn't because you thought you didn't have the expertise in this area. Expertise? To tell someone what you were told? To follow up? Whatever!
It's a shame that these coaches that so many children look up to have such low morals.
It is a shame that so many people just turn a blind eye to these heinous acts against children.
You must ACT if you see or know of abuse of ANY kind. It is not an OPTION not to.
No amount of soap or lye can make you clean. I still see the stain of your guilt. I, the Sovereign LORD, have spoken! Jeremiah 2:22
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