Penn State "fans", you're piling even more shame on your program by your blind support for this man.
Way to go Penn State students. You’ve taken what has already been an incredibly distasteful and painful scandal and have drug your university even further down into the depths. Penn State’s board of trustees last night fired university president Graham Spanier, and the crowd yawned. After all, Spanier is ONLY the university president…no big deal, right? But moments later, the board announced they were also firing football coach Joe Paterno, and then all hell breaks loose. Angry supporters start yelling in the board of trustees meeting. Penn State students take to the streets, rioting and overturning cars. The news media goes berserk.
And every once in a while during the debacle last night, a few souls would slip into the conversation something about the sexually abused kids. Oh! Yeah!! Those kids!! We FORGOT about them!!! Excuse us, we don’t have time to talk about the real victims here, our football coach has just been fired!!
Disgusting. Pathetic. embarrassing. I know not all Penn State fans and students were against Paterno’s firing. However, I hope the IDIOTS who were out rioting last night are completely ashamed of themselves this morning. I hope to god you realize that Joe Paterno, and the freakin’ football program, should be the LAST of your concerns. For the “adults” who participated in last night’s freak-fest, there are no excuses for you. For the students? I just hope to god when you GROW UP a little bit and start to have families of your own, that you realize the everlasting damage Jerry Sandusky has done. I hope to god you stop worshiping a man just because of what he’s done with a football program, and realize the heinous nature of the original crime, and the subsequent cover up that facilitated even more incidents.
What the hell is it about humanity and our need to personally identify with something like Penn State football? What is it about humanity that allows us to COMPLETELY overlook the misdeeds of our own “group”, while condemning the actions of others? As a Nebraska football fan, I’ve often asked myself the first question, wondering just why I seem to care that much. The second question is a completely different issue, however.
I can enjoy Nebraska football, while still recognizing and condemning the ugliness of a few player incidents over the years. I can love the “brand”, while not supporting the actions of the few that tarnish the brand. I can be a proud American, and still be completely ashamed when it is revealed that we waterboard suspected terror suspects. Some people simply can’t make that distinction, however. For many people, it seems that “their group” is completely immune from doubt, completely immune from wrong-doing.
A colleague and I were talking yesterday about the similarities of the Joe Paterno situation with the Herman Cain situation. Just a few days ago, I posted on the seemingly blind devotion far right conservatives have for Herman Cain, with the ridiculous, supporting quotes for Cain from a WIDE array of Republican politicians and pundits. I marveled at how Cain supporters, or far-right conservatives in general, can COMPLETELY dismiss the horrendous allegations against Cain from multiple women. For idiots like Rush Limbaugh, Anne Coulter, etc., Cain is “one of theirs”…and is thus immune from any doubt or consideration of wrong-doing.
Penn State Fans…YOU are acting like Joe Paterno’s own personal Limbaugh. YOU are making complete jackasses of yourselves, when you RIOT in support of a man who very likely ignored the monster in his midst for so many years. LOVE THE BRAND of Penn State football. Support your school. Support your team. But realize that Penn State Football is NOT JOE PATERNO. Penn State Football is NOT ABOUT ONE INDIVIDUAL MAN. When you blindly support ALL things related to Penn State football, you yourselves tarnish the brand.
Think of that 10-year old boy seen with Sandusky. Think of his family. Think of his future. Think of how you would feel if that had been YOUR son….your brother…your friend. Think of how YOUR ACTIONS were perceived by the family of that boy last night. Or the many other boys abused by Sandusky. You should be ashamed.