MONEY'S DOWN SIDE-PENN STATE IGNORED ABUSE ALLEGATIONS FOR FINANCIAL GAIN
Jerry Sandusky (former Penn State Defensive Coordinator) Abuse Allegations
ESPN is filled with coverage of the suspicions that Sandusky sexually molested defenseless boys over many years. An abuse of a 10 year old boy, was viewed by an assistant coach in the Penn State Locker room and reported to Joe Paterno, the illustrious coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions. Paterno reported this charge to the athletic director.
There was no follow through.
That’s right, abuse was viewed, and no one followed up nor reported the incident to the police.
WHY THE ABUSE WAS IGNORED
There are few that value the capitalistic system more than I do. I certainly do not fault anyone or any organization for trying to make a buck. But superceding this profit motive must be integrity and character. Furthermore, when it comes to abused children, there is no excuse to ignore any charges of harm to children.
How could this go unaddressed for so many years?
- Penn State is a Top 10 College Football Program.
- The football team brings in millions of dollars per year.
- Recruiting the top players is key to maintaining the status and profitability of the football program.
- If sexual abuse by a key coach is uncovered, recruiting dries up, the program is shamed, and the money goes away!
What does this say about our society that the revenues of a football program supersedes the heinous abuse of children?
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