|Penn State Football - Big Business|
In case you haven't been following the news in the United States, discussion of a horrific sex abuse scandal has engulfed the United States. I will lay it out here in a nutshell:
1. One of the United States most famous college football programs, Penn State, has had to fire the most famous football coach in the United States this week, Joe Paterno. Mr. Paterno is 84 years old and has been coaching Penn State since 1966; he was won more games than any other college football coach. He was about to get a huge award from President Obama -- this has been cancelled. Instead of retiring as a giant, his legacy is now tarnished forever.
College football is huge in the United States; on Saturdays in the fall over 100,000 people turn out for games in stadiums such as Penn States for games that generate millions of dollars in advertising revenue on national television This is big business.
The university, one of America's best public schools, also fired the schools President. However, it is Mr. Paterno who is far more famous. Note that the University of Pennsylvania, an Ivy League school, is a different university and has nothing to do with the scandal -- they are forced to do damage control right now.
|Joe Paterno - Americas most famous college football coach never went to the police.|
2. Why? Mr. Paterno's defensive coordinator, one of his "Vice Presidents" in command, Mr. Jerry Sandusky, has been indicted for raping pre-pubescent boys as young as 10 years old in the school's locker room. All football programs run "summer camps" for boys. Evidence of forced anal intercourse is being leveled against Mr. Sandusky. This conduct was going on for 15 years according to some reports. Mr. Paterno had heard about this, but did not notify the police or confront Mr. Sandusky. He notified school authorities instead who did not take any action. Victims of abuse are still coming out after being quiet for years.
3. Even more horrific, Mr. Sandusky is accused of selling sex with young boys to pedophiles for donations to the football program.
4. The students at Penn State rioted and did a great deal of damage to local businesses when they heard of the firing on Wednesday and rioted, generating a huge amount of bad publicity.
|Rioting Students on Wedneday Night destroyed local businesses|
The vast majority of gay man are not pedophiles, in fact, more men who fit the profile of being "straight" are usually charged in this regard. Still, it is a same-sex crime, and it cannot be doing LGBT Americans any good. I hope everyone caught in this scandal gets punishment due them including everyone who is guilty of covering up rapes of young boys.