Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach, has been found guilty of 45 out of 48 charges of sexually abusing nine young boys. My only surprise is that they didn’t find him guilty on all 48 counts.
This guy is sick.
Even his own son, Matt, now claims that Sandusky sexually abused him. And his allegations weren’t even a part of this case.
Even now, as I write this, I’m hearing Sandusky’s attorney, Joe Amendola, portraying Matt as the troubled one. Enough. Stop blaming the victims. Those who stepped forward to testify against this one-time coaching icon should be heralded for their courage.
On the other had, I wish they would now put on trial all of those who knew what he was doing, or had real concerns about Sandusky’s conduct, but said nothing. This creep was constantly in the company of one or more of those boys, taking them to workouts and football games, giving them gifts – as well tickling, showering and having them over for sleepovers. Alarms should have been going off all over. But this was allowed to go on for years.
As I wrote in November, I love sports as much as anyone. But our blind reverence to those who play and manage this game is pathological. This is exhibit A.
Sounds as if Sandusky faces a sentence of more than 400 years in prison. It’s not enough.
- Paul Gullixson