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Joe Paterno is being vindicated. At least that’s what his fans are saying. Others, less eager to forgive, are calling the recent NCAA action to reinstate Penn States wins a whitewash.
The entire Penn State situation is disgusting.
On the day in 2002 when Mike McQueary walked into the showers at Penn State and saw Jerry Sandusky naked with a young boy, one of two things was happening. Either Sandusk ywas “horsing around" naked with the boy or he had him up against the shower wall raping him.
McQueary knows which it was. If it was "horsing around" McQueary should have asked Sandusky what he was doing, forced him to stop and then reported what he saw - to the police.
If it was rape, McQueary should have retrieved a stool from the locker room and beat Jerry Sandusky to death with it.
The fact is, he did neither. As a graduate assistant, the lowest rung of peon in the ranks of college athletics and a life long fan, player, and now coach at Penn State, he did what leaders of every organization demand; he protected the organization. Instilled in every employee is the notion that you report problems to your boss, not the police. So McQueary told head coach Joe Paterno, who told his boss, who told his boss, and in every telling the details became fewer and the crime became less significant.
When the revelations emerged about Sandusky, the NCAA decided they had to do something dramatic. What they did was dramatic, but it did not punish anyone involved with the case much. Sandusky was in jail. Paterno was driven out of his job, and one could say that it drove him to his grave. His statue was removed from campus, and he and his family shamed – which is fine. He deserved to be shamed.
The athletic director and president of the University were forced out – as they should have been, but that was the university’s action, not the NCAA.
The real recipients of the NCAA punishment were the then players and coaches – who had not a thing to do with what happened. But that is the NCAA’s playbook. Punish the innocent, and rarely the actual culprit. Of course, the NCAA has no jurisdiction over anyone but current players and coaches and administrators.
The NCAA has cut a deal with Penn State. Penn State will spend the $60 million fine on helping prevent child abuse in trade for getting their wins reinstated. It’s probably a fair trade. Damaged kids get money to combat their abusers, and the Penn State fans get their bragging rights back. As part of the effort, I’m sure a few $100,000 plus jobs will be created for Penn State cronies to help spend the money.
The crux of this case is that people in positions of authority often take advantage of those under their influence. That the abuse is often sexual is disgraceful. That it happens to children is despicable, and that homosexual men so often perpetrate it on young boys is worst of all.
There are those who defend child molesters as if they have a disease; as if society must accept them as simply flawed people, when in fact they are sub human. There is the potential that any adult could be a child abuser, but the fact is that they are usually men. And the ultimate insult is that a man cannot be charged with raping a little boy. It is simply considered sodomy, with far fewer penalties than raping a female. And, these perverts understand and exploit the distinction.
Adults convicted of raping children should be executed. The death should be slow and agonizing. Any protection a man has from cruel and unusual punishment ends when he sticks his penis in a child.
Unfortunately, the thought of executing child rapists, offends some people more than adults raping children. These folks probably think that I don’t understand, that I am intolerant, that I am bigoted against child rapists. They are correct!