In 1971, a 15-year-old boy stood at a urinal in a Penn State bathroom when Jerry Sandusky, the then-Nittany Lions’ assistant linebacker coach, appeared behind him.
After cocking his head backwards, Sandusky began bleeding, followed up by the males dropping to the ground and tussling. Once the teenager failed to escape, he was raped.
The next day, his foster mother inhaled the horrifying news and immediately called the university, placing the boy in an unbearable situation. Two men, named Joe and Jim, answered the phone. Succeeding his plea for help, they responded in way that would even cause a clown to frown.
“‘Stop this right now! We’ll call the authorities,'” he recalled them saying.
The men couldn’t believe the boy uttered such terrible remarks towards such a prestigious individual.
Two months ago, the victim liberated his buried past to the public, sharing Joe’s identity: the late Joe Paterno, head coach of the program, residing in State College, Pennsylvania, for 46 seasons. Now, fast-forward to Tuesday, as 200-plus former Penn State football players delivered a petition to the university, with aspirations of seeing the Paterno statue resurrected outside of Beaver Stadium. Additionally, the signees desire a formal apology to Sue Paterno, Joe’s wife, and the rest of the family.
Thankfully, players, like Robbie Gould, the current Chicago Bears’ placekicker, neglected the discourteous request.
Yet, in the letter, Brian Masella, an ex-tight end and punter for the Nittany Lions, displayed his unwarranted indignation.
“We have been told during the last four-plus years that the board and administration are waiting for the appropriate time to repair the damage they created,” he stated in the release. “Now is the appropriate time. Enough is enough!”
In July 2012, the Freeh Report revealed the first bits of evidence against Paterno and fellow figures, who allowed Sandusky’s reign of terror to go by the wayside. Subsequently, ten days later, the statue of the head coach was removed from its location.
Unfortunately, Masella ignored the real “damage,” which Sandusky’s prey can’t expunge from their haunted memories. In June 2012, five months after Paterno’s death via lung cancer, the child-rapist was found guilty of 45 counts of child sex abuse, leading to a sentence of 30 to 60 years in jail. Previously, Paterno overlooked his coworker’s wretched crimes in favor of winning. How could anyone disregard his atrocious ethics?