So is this what "tradition" means? Protecting a brand over protecting children?
I have just finished reading about what's been going on at Penn State, and words - other than rage-filled invective fail me.
Here's a quote from the Washington Post -
And this from the Detroit News -They would all be party to a worse crime than any crooked, pay-for-play booster at Miami, Ohio State or even SMU ever committed: guilty of protecting a program before a child.You know, if Paterno wasn't a beloved football coach... say he was an arena manager who knew that his head janitor was sexually assaulting children in the locker room... than he'd be in handcuffs already, and would probably be thanking the police for keeping him in protective custody, lest his enraged neighbors gave him what he deserved.“The fictional Joe Paterno would have said, "Hey, this is awful, but we have to clean it up. We have to do the right thing. It's going to look bad for us, but you can't let something like this go. We have to get Jerry some help, and we have to make sure he doesn't hurt any kids."
The real Paterno, as nearly as can be determined from the indictments, passed the information to Curley and then washed his hands. He apparently didn't follow up when there was no further investigation. He apparently didn't ask questions when Sandusky continued to enjoy his emeritus status on campus, complete with an office and access to the same building in which the alleged assault took place.
let's just watch the commentators and apologists circle the wagons to protect the program and its iconic face. Sickening.