Is this as big of a deal everywhere as it is here in the Midatlantic? Or is it just because every fourth person I know (and approximately 99.4% of the people on my facebook) are Penn Staters?
I hate to get controversial, and I’m sure I’m not saying anything groundbreaking, but whatever. I feel like chatting about it. It’s my blog and I’ll-repeat-what-plenty-of-people-are-already-saying-but-in-different-words if I want to.
First can I just say most days I kick myself for not having gone to Penn State. My mom worked for the PSU University Hospital for upwards of 10 years, and as such I was entitled to some sweet, sweet tuition discounts. On top of in-state rates. Why I chose to instead borrow Eleventy McBillion dollars and go to GW, I will never know. Actually, wait, I know… because at 17 I wasn’t capable of making adult decisions (isn’t it crazy that we expect 17 year olds to?!), and I made a second un-adult decision by ignoring the warnings of actual adults. But this week I’m all Don’t Blame Me I Went Out of State!
I’m totally conflicted over all of this. I have serious issues with misplaced sympathy, devil’s advocacy, excuse making, etc. It’s a problem. I just can’t help that my heart breaks a tiny bit thinking of this person- with a wife and children- likely going to jail for the rest of his life. And seeing Joe Paterno’s fifty year career end on such a terrible, devastating note.
But then I say to myself GET A FRIGGIN HOLD OF YO SELF WOMAN… Look at what was going on here! I mean… the extent to which crimes of this magnitude were pushed under the rug and not taken seriously is astounding and un-freaking-acceptable. And the fact that they KNEW and had eyewitnesses to the worst offense (that we know of) and tried to self-police it with THE silliest fake “punishment” in the history of mankind?!?! In case you don’t know what I’m referencing, they caught this guy sodomizing/raping a 10 year old and decided that, well, they would just make a rule that he couldn’t be alone in the locker room with boys anymore. I mean, I’d say it’s a “slap on the wrist” but no, it’s not anything to anything, a wrist or otherwise. To me it’s the equivalent of pulling the Uni-bomber aside and being like “Now TED….. What did we talk about? I’m going to need you to back off those letter bombs, mmkay buddy? Last warning this time, alright?”
So, it is a shame, and unfortunate, but there needs to be a clear precedent set that more is expected of leaders. I love that saying about the right thing to do and the hardest thing to do being the same. Leaders choose the hard thing. Always.
And obviously the MOST important precedent is that children’s welfare trumps SPORTS.
Don’t get me started on sports. I was an athlete and I know they are awesome on many levels which I could blab on for hours about, but they are not the be-all-end-all of life and human existence. And I want to SLAP some of these idiot college kids who at 20 have not faced .04% of the adversity that these victims had experienced at 10 (don’t forget this sickwad found his targets from a football camp for disadvantaged kids). This is not directed at all Penn Staters, just the immature entitled ones who are all OMG BOO HOO MAH FOOTBALL PROGRAM and are writing statements like “My prayers go out to the victims BUT…”. No. Shut your pie hole. Back away from the keyboard. There is no but. Priorities. GET SOME.
Uhh… The end. Don’t hate me.