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Penn State burned for picking their noses


I don’t know about you, but I’m sick of hearing about how Penn State stood around picking their noses while a child predator was running loose. OK, not literally digging for a big one, that’s a joke, but I do mean it in the proverbial sense and I’m sick of hearing it.

Not in the way that I’m tired of hearing about Kim Kardashian’s “marriage” to Kris Humphries ending in divorce. Sick meaning it literally makes me ill, and on multiple levels: as a parent of two young children, as a human being who was taught to do the right thing, and as a writer who prides himself on railing against things that are blatantly wrong in sports.

If you haven’t heard what went on at Penn State then, please stop reading this column immediately and go back under the rock you crawled out from under. Even my friend in London (who doesn’t follow college football) has heard the brutal details of the child sexual abuse allegations against former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky and the ensuing fallout that rightfully cost Head Coach Joe Paterno his job.

The fact that Penn State wide receivers coach Mike McQueary (then a graduate assistant) allegedly witnessed one of Sandusky’s assaults on a 10-year-old boy in 2002 − and yet nothing was done − is infuriating.

The prevailing reaction among people with half a brain has been, “How could this happen?” I’ll tell you how: because those involved at Penn State spent the next nine years going about their business instead of reporting a vile predator to the authorities and “following up”. Standing around idly and worried more about their jobs or the wrath of a coach or a university to DO THE RIGHT THING.

Is this what we’ve come to as a society?

And then we have to endure Sandusky’s creepy interview with Bob Costas on NBC’s ‘Rock Center’ this past Monday. And then we have to hear that McQueary sent an e-mail to a friend, claiming that he did stop Sandusky and even spoke to police after the 2002 incident. Borough police chief Tom King later said that McQueary did not report anything to the police.

The whole thing is eerily reminiscent of a Martin Scorsese movie. “The Departed” comes to mind, and if you cross it with “Cop Land,” set it in a college town and replace police with football, you’ve got yourself a movie. Only this isn’t a movie, and life has truly imitated art.

Enjoy your inevitable destination, Jerry Sandusky. I hear it’s a dry heat. But at least you’ll have a few of your Penn State buddies to hang out with there. Your (alleged) actions are despicable, and those of your former colleagues aren’t too far behind it. You’ll all face your inevitable karmic retribution.

Forget sports, this story should be a life lesson. As my wife and I tell our kids “Don’t do bad things − they always catch up to people.”

It’s ironic that kids can comprehend this, yet grown adults at a major academic and collegiate football institution can’t grasp the concept or even consider the well-being of innocent children.

DO THE RIGHT THING.

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Chris Lardieri runs the “West Coast View” column for Sports Climax. A veteran to the keyboard, Chris also covers the Los Angeles Dodgers for Examiner.com and has written about Major League Baseball for Inside Edge, a scouting company that provides content to ESPN Insider and Yahoo Sports. Follow Chris on Twitter for more sports observations.

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Penn State sex scandal surfaces


A former defensive coordinator for Penn State faces disturbing accusations of sexually abusing eight boys and these charges also led to charges of perjury to the school’s athletic director and an administrator. Prosecutors say these administrator’s actions protected their sexual predator coach.

The former coach is Jerry Sandusky, 67, and he was cuffed, and booked then released on $100,000 bail after being arraigned on 40 criminal counts. The others involved are AD Tim Curley and a Penn State V.P. Gary Schultz, 62 and both are expected to voluntarily turn themselves in on Monday.

Penn State coach Joe Paterno was not charged but being the head coach, many will wonder if he ever suspected Sandusky of wrong-doing or was ever aware of these incidents prior to the time he reported the abuse to Curley.

After directing his teenage to early twenties squad of defensive players, Sandusky retired in 1999 but continued to work with; you guessed it, children. Sandusky was charged with a laundry list of counts including corruption of minors, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, endangering the welfare of a child and unlawful contact with a minor.

The allegations include oral and anal sex and several of the victims testified they were in their early teens when Sandusky allegedly assaulted them.

While this news contaminates what was perceived as a well-respected program, Sandusky is scheduled for a hearing on Wednesday but his lawyer told reporters it would likely be delayed.

Sandusky has suggested he is innocent but Attorney General Linda Kelly called the former coach “a sexual predator who used his position within the university and community to repeatedly prey on young boys.”

If that is proven to be the case; what is expected to be Joe Pa’s final year after decades at Penn State may more be remembered as the year of the sex scandal.

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Jay Donetelli is a Tampa-based freelance sportswriter and contributor to Sports Climax. With an opinion sharper than an Ovechkin skate blade with the sting of an Ali jab, Donetelli has a loyal cult of readers who have found a way to love him.

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