Michele Catalano at American McCarver:
Will forcing Paterno’s resignation mess up Penn State’s season? Sure it
will. But anyone who puts the value of a winning college football season over
righting a wrong has skewed priorities.
Florida State coach Bobby Bowden said: “He’s the number one guy in college
coaching and everybody looks up to Joe,” Bowden said. “When something like
this occurs to his program all it just says is, ‘Joe, hey, you’re just like
all of us. You have problems like all of us.’ “
Yea. Not many people have the “problem” of not having reported to the police
their knowledge of the sexual abuse of ten year old boy.
There are moral victories and there are sports victories. Only one of them is
important in the long run.
In 2002, then graduate assistant Mike McQueary witnessed a young boy being
raped; innocence lost, soul destroyed. He didn’t call the police. Instead, he
called his own father. The father didn’t call the police. The following day,
the graduate assistant met with head football coach Joe Paterno to discuss
what he saw. Joe Paterno didn’t call the police, he called the athletic
director, Tim Curley, and a senior vice president, Gary Schultz. The two met
with the graduate assistant over one week after the incident. They didn’t call
the police. In fact, they merely told the alleged rapist, Jerry Sandusky, not
to bring any children from his youth organization to the football building.
In summary, a child was anally raped. This was witnessed by an adult. The
story was conveyed to no less than four other adults. Yet, instead of any one
of these adults calling the police, they called each other. Instead of
contacting the child’s parents, they remained silent. Instead of protecting
this child, they protected themselves and their institution. Now people like
Joe Paterno want us to believe it was okay for him to fail his moral
obligation to this child because he did the minimum of what the law required.
If Penn State University reciprocates this “protection”, if any one of these
people continue to represent their institution, then we should all be
UPDATED: Here is the complete grand jury presentation.