Jerry Sandusky: Nothing was said

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Joe Paterno

Hey kids. Been paying attention to the Jerry Sandusky trial? I hope not.

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But if you ever do learn about it, you will learn that Jerry Sandusky was a very bad man. He was also a football coach for a long time for a very famous university with a very famous football team. Even more famous than the team itself was the beloved head coach of the football team. The beloved head football coach was Jerry Sandusky’s boss.

Jerry Sandusky was a very cruel man to many little boys. Little boys, most without fathers, selected through a careful process by means of a charity Jerry Sandusky established, apparently for the primary purpose of recruiting little boys without fathers.

Here’s where you kids come in. In trial testimony against Jerry Sandusky, at least seven of his victims said they wished they had spoken up sooner.

I’ll say it again, because this is a crucial point in our little story: All of the adults who knew about the bad things Jerry Sandusky was doing should have said or done something about the bad things he was doing, but the beloved legendary head coach, the President of the University, the Athletic Director, the guy in charge of the police for the very famous University, and allegedly a local legal representative or two instead tried to do everything they possibly could to make sure no one but them, and maybe a couple of janitors and one ex-starting quarterback turned assistant coach, ever said anything.

Something like “This is Jerry Sandusky. He is a bad man who has done many bad things. Please investigate him or he may keep doing bad things. In the meantime, we’re going to keep letting him use our on-campus weight room.”

Something like “We told him he had to stop bringing the young boys without fathers into our locker rooms at our University when no one else was around, but hey, no one else was around! Except a couple of janitors, and the occasional ex-starting quarterback turned assistant coach. Really, what are the likes of them going to try to do to us?”

Something like “You can’t expect people like our beloved legendary head coach, the President of the University, the Athletic Director, the guy in charge of the police for the very famous University, and allegedly a local legal representative or two, to really come forward and expose these atrocities when the kids themselves didn’t do it!”

The kids wished they had spoken sooner, and the adults who could have spoken on the kids behalf decided they valued their very famous University, their very famous football program, their even more famous, beloved head football coach… and Jerry Sandusky and his vile, despicable, predatory and repeated acts… more than the kids.

Sorry kids. Fight on. Fight on. We weren’t ever true to you. Onward. Let them hear you roar.

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