Sandusky Who?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Last week, dozens of Facebook status' clogged up my newsfeed spouting opinions on the Penn State scandal. "JoePa" was flowing off the tongues of people who had never watched a college football game before in their life.

As the indictment news of multiple Penn State employees was revealed, media outlets went wild and the stories poured out- Joe Paterno involved in sex scandal. Joe Paterno to retire at the end of the season. Joe Paterno fired.

Wait, legendary coach Paterno sexually abused multiple boys in the showers at Penn State? Not the case, but if you would have been watching ESPN or any other station covering the scandal last week, it would be easy to think just that.

In the seemingly nonstop coverage of the scandal, Paterno was at the helm. The actual villian here, Jerry Sandusky, was given an almost-free pass from the media.

Sandusky, former coach for the Nittany Lions, was the one who abused those eight boys over multiple years. Mike McQueary, assistant coach, was the one who witnessed Sandusky molesting a young boy in the Penn State showers. Paterno is the one who is getting all the blame.

Now, understand this, I am in absolutely NO way trivializing what happened here or saying that Paterno was in the right by not making sure that Sandusky was punished for his inexcusable actions. In my opinion, all three of these men should be fired and held accountable for their actions, but I don't believe that the media coverage is providing fair coverage.

I would be willing to bet that a significant amount of people thought that Paterno was the alleged assaulter.

If Paterno was not the legendary coach that he is, and was let's say someone like Iowa State's Gene Chizik, would we be getting this same sort of coverage? Would we be hearing more about the president of the college also being fired along with the coach? I'd like to think so.

We, and the media, need to remember that this is bigger than football and bigger than Paterno, no matter how prolific he may be.


Keith McCarthy November 16, 2011 at 6:24 AM  

I agree completely on this subject. The media is attempting to crucify Joe Paterno when it comes to this sex scandal. Yes, he was in the wrong for not telling anyone about the actions of his coach but, the media is making it appear that this is a worse crime than those committed by Sandusky. People are so focused on Paterno that they are letting Sandusky fade into the backdrop. He is a sick, twisted individual who preyed on the weak. Sandusky's crimes seem to be taking a backseat in the Penn State sex scandal simply because Paterno is more interesting to write about. Paterno was certainly in the wrong for not ousting his coah for sexually abusing little boys. However, the media has hung the blame for everything on Paterno's shoulders and lessened the impact on Sandusky.

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