The NCAA Barely Punished Penn State – But They SEVERELY Punished Innocent Victims

Yesterday the punishment from the NCAA came down on Penn State in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky molestation case – and it was HARSH. The penalties include a $60 Million dollar fine, a four year ban on postseason play, a reduction in scholarship offers they can make (from 25-15), the vacating of all victories from 1998-2011 and a five year probationary period. But the reality is that the harshness of these penalties is not correctly measured in how it will affect the GUILTY, it should be measured on how much it greatly impacts innocent victims.

The reality of this situation is that President Graham B. Spanier, Senior Vice President‚ÄźFinance and Business Gary Schultz, Athletic Director Timothy Curley and Joe Paterno were all terrible douchebags who covered up a child being molested in order to NOT bring any shame on their football program. Paterno especially put the welfare of his program over the welfare of an innocent kid, and for that he is a sorry ass excuse for a man [whose statue SHOULD be removed]. Sandusky, the man who was actually doing the molesting, is the only DOUCHE on that campus who deserved to be punished MORE than all of those men. But here’s the interesting thing: Paterno is dead, Sandusky is behind bars, Spanier was forced to resign, Schultz left and Curley is on suspension which will probably lead to him being firedso who is REALLY getting the brunt of this punishment?

The truth is it is the INNOCENT parties of Penn State who will be crucified for this terrible tragedy of which they knew NOTHING about. Players who committed to the school will now have to scramble to find other schools to play for and HOPE they can get the same scholarships they will lose once they leave Penn State. Although many of those players will never play in the NFL, MANY could have had football-related professions and now that will be difficult as hell.

Anyone who was BLESSED to be a part of the legendary Penn State football program between 98 and 2011 must now have their hearts ripped out because of BULLSH*T that was going on behind the scenes of which they were not cognizant of. They also must walk around social stigmatized as the term Penn State will start to equate-evil like the letters O.J.

But worst of all, the football program has been CRIPPLED which does NOT punish the guilty parties – just the children who loved and respected the institution. And at the end of the day, no matter how physically imposing these guys are, they are ultimately just FRESH off of being children. The sanctions and the stigmatization around this tragedy will effectively dismantle this program for decades – which would be apropos if the major guilty players could be equally punished. But because they can’t, this will just be a knee-jerk move that will, ironically, create MORE innocent victims as a result of trying to protect innocent victims.

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When Lincoln Anthony Blades is not writing for his controversial and critically acclaimed blog ThisIsYourConscience.com, he can be found contributing articles for Uptown Magazine. Lincoln wrote the hilarious and insightful book "You're Not A Victim, You're A Volunteer: How To Stop Letting Love Kick Your Ass". He is also a public speaker who has sat on panels all over North America and the Caribbean.

42 Comments

  1. lincolnanthonyblades

    07/24/2012 at 3:23 AM

    Ladies & Gentlemen, Do You Believe That The NCAA Sanctions Against Penn State Were FAIR Or FOUL?!

    • J. A. Johnson

      07/24/2012 at 4:53 AM

      I think they were fair to an extent. When I first heard the results…I was also upset about th affects on th students and faculty that worked hard and had nothing to do with this. This is a matter of the students that won't have scholarship access and their parents are hit with a big financial question about their child's future. Not to mention the alumni that woke up early mornings and worked out all day, then performed on Saturday. Their collegiate careers will forever be tarnished. That means a lot to a D1 athlete.

      Also…I'm tired of the Paterno witch hunt. Did he try to cover it up? No. He went to officials in the school, which was his job obligation. Should he have went to the cops? Hell yeah. But to take down the statue of a man that not only helped boys turn into men, raise millions of dollars that went to school programs and academics, and even helped people within the city and state because he didn't do his moral obligation…is crazy to me.

      • lincolnanthonyblades

        07/24/2012 at 5:34 AM

        Apparently The Freeh Report Has Emails Paterno Sent Indicating The University Should Consider Covering This Up For The Football Programs Benefit. I'm Not Entirely Sure What Exactly It States, But If That's The Case, You Don't Think He Deserves The Criticism He Gets?

      • pe.riche.

        07/24/2012 at 9:14 AM

        Indeed it is unfair that the wrongdoers are usually the ones who escape the heart of the punishment. Obviously there are students, faculty, and staff that had no idea or dealings with the awful actions of Sandusky and Co.

        However, let's not mince words; what happened at Penn St, the length of time that it occurred, and the efforts into covering up and hiding such hideous actions is an atrocity. If something less vile occurred (like grade or gpa fixing, illegal recruiting practices), then it would be acceptable to just have minor fines or specifically target the wrongdoers. Yet what happened at Penn St. is far more base than any simple NCAA violation, it is a FEDERAL crime.

        And no matter how you try to explain it, children were harmed. There is never a reason to every subject a child to the sh*t Sandusky did.

        • lincolnanthonyblades

          07/24/2012 at 12:05 PM

          It Looks Like Some Of The Big Names Still Alive And NOT IN Jail Could Possibly Face Jail Time In They Are Indicted On Perjury Charges. I Think This Should Be Handled More As A Criminal Investigation Than A Matter Punishing The Student Body.

  2. Dante

    07/24/2012 at 6:20 AM

    They were absolutely fair. The players can find new schools. They have the option to leave this year, or next year without penalty, which is at the most a slight inconvenience.

    The vacation of wins really only affects Joe Paterno, as it strikes wins off the NCAA record books. That stat isn't officially assigned to players like yards, INT's, fumbles, etc. The players who played there know and still have the memories of what they did on the field. Nothing will take that away.

    Its unfortunate that some have been inconvenienced due to the actions of others, but more important than anything, the NCAA took steps to assure that the "community" of Penn State was never so engulfed in its cult-like following of football, that something so heartless and sinister would not only be less likely to happen, but more likely to be prioritized more highly than some athletic program.

    • mena

      07/24/2012 at 12:07 PM

      Agreed.

    • lincolnanthonyblades

      07/24/2012 at 12:10 PM

      The First Two Paragraphs You Wrote Are True In One Sense, But Quickly Glaze Over The Reality In Another Sense. It's Easy To Make It Seem Like These Kids Just Pack A Bag And Resume Their Football Somewhere Else But Their Are MAJOR Issues That Will Go Unaddressed From Scholarships To Injuries To Walk Ons.

      It's NOT An Easy Transition.

      And The Stripping Of Wins Only Affects Paterno? Dead Wrong There. All Of The Players Lucky Enough To Be Apart Of That Legendary Program Not Only Can Not Speak About Their Time There Publicly Anymore, But Now They Have Been Stripped Of The Recognition Of THEIR Hard Work. Most Players On The Team Are NOT Professional Athletes, So For MANY Of Them, This Was The Absolute PINNACLE Of Athletic Greatness For Them Which Was TAKEN AWAY Not Because Of What Happened On The Field, But Some Tragedy OFF The Field Which They Had No Control Over.

      • Dante

        07/25/2012 at 9:19 AM

        They can just pack a bag and resume their playing careers. They can transfer today (or at any point while the school is on probation) and play immediately wherever they transfer to. They're actually lucky, in a sense. Some of the guys there will now be granted playing time they would have never been given had all this not come out, and they may actually turn that into an opportunity to catch the eye of another school/coach that wasn't interested before.

        And yes, the only actual affect of it will be Paterno (and maybe his QB's) the win/loss record isn't recorded in NCAA record books for each individual player. All individual player statistics remain untouched. The players that played between 98 and 2011 have had no memories, efforts, or post-season accolades/titles vacated. All significant numbers to them are still in the books. They never got recognition for Joe Paterno being the winningest coach of all time, anyway…Joe did.

  3. Smilez_920

    07/24/2012 at 8:15 AM

    The punishment form the NCAA was meant to punish the school. What better way to punish a school than to hit their pockets. When yoibhave a football program like Penn State, it comes with a eound table of greedy officilas and achool board memeners. I do feel bad for the current football players, I hope the NCAA finds ways to accommodate them, so they want be left out in the cold. I also think for the sake of past and present players that Penn State should be able to keep their titles

    I hope some of the 60 million goes to the victims of Sanduskis abuse.

    • lincolnanthonyblades

      07/24/2012 at 12:14 PM

      And That's What's So Messed Up About The Punishment.

      It Doesn't Punish Those Involved, It Punishes Those Who Were Ignorant Of Joe Pa And Jerry Sandusky's Actions. Those Are The Ones Who DESERVE A Chance At Trying To Overcome This Scenario, And Now They Are Getting SCREWED By The NCAA.

      A Lot Of People Have No CLUE About How Greatly Some Of These Players Will Be Impacted By This Decision, But It's Definitely Not Gonna Be An Easy Two-Step Into A Program Of Equal Legacy With The Same Playing Time/Starting Role As They Had At Penn.

  4. pe.riche.

    07/24/2012 at 9:09 AM

    As a B!G Ten woman myself (Go BUCKS!), I am no stranger to the penalties enforced by the NCAA.

    However, no matter what school was responsible for these hideous acts (even if it was my beloved Ohio State), there is NO excuse in this entire world to ever harm a child, or, to cover up the harming of a child.

    Are some innocent students, faculty, staff, and players caught in the cross fire? Sure. However, what about all the fairness when those children were being harmed and everyone turned their backs? If we are going to speak about unfairness and innocent people being punished, then we need to think about all of those kids. I don't care what argument anyone makes in defense of Penn St. The fact of the matter is that no child should ever be subjected to the unspeakable acts that Sandusky committed. There will never be an excuse for bringing harm to a child.

    And furthermore, the NCAA made these sanctions against Penn St. in order to deter any future wrong doing at that school, and, to set a precedent so that other NCAA schools will learn from this situation as well. There was a culture that the NCAA needed to get rid of and thusly why Penn St. received the punishment it did.

    • NurseJilly

      07/24/2012 at 12:18 PM

      I agree with you. This will set a precedent that this kind of sh#@ will not me tolerated and serve as a warning to other schools. I do feel for the players who will be displaced by this but it had to be done.

    • lincolnanthonyblades

      07/24/2012 at 12:20 PM

      Here's The Way I See It: If Sandusky Killed Someone And Joe Pa Helped Him Bury The Body, While Schultz, Spanier & Curley Forged An Alibi For Him For The Police, Would The Students Deserve To Be Punished For That Too?

      I Think It's Safe To Say That NO ONE Is For Child Abuse, But There Are MANY Sanctions The NCAA Could Have Made To Horrifically Punish The University WITHOUT Solely Targeting Innocent Student-Athletes.

      Oh, And As A BUCKEYE You Should LOVE This Commercial: http://youtu.be/VO7_CqZZX6o

  5. Abu Husain

    07/24/2012 at 11:15 AM

    The NCAA sanctions have effectively destroyed the economy of an entire town. Tons of businesses and mom and pop places are being punished for something they had no knowledge about. I obviously think that those responsible for these horrible acts should be punished to the fullest extent of the law, but don't punish the entire community. I live in LA, so of course we have USC and UCLA, but our economy doesn't rely on them…

    Last I heard, they were reconsidering only banning Penn from being in bowl games as opposed to ending the entire program for several years.

    • lincolnanthonyblades

      07/24/2012 at 12:22 PM

      Exactly.

      People Don't Realize How Much These Sanctions Have MASSACRED Their Program And Screwed Over Innocent Student-Athletes, And Others Related To The Program As Well.

  6. MistaHarsh

    07/24/2012 at 11:26 AM

    Charges should be laid on the people who covered it up. How does a resignation absolve what you've done? Ultimately its the players that get affected. That 60mil will come out of the resources that went to students. The rest of the faculty will still get a cheque. The players don't even get a check which leads to my side note: until these college athletes get a piece or some type of allowance(not referring to scholarships) of the MILLIONS of dollars the NCAA receives off of their talent they will continue to be taken advantage of.

    • lincolnanthonyblades

      07/24/2012 at 12:25 PM

      That's A Good Point Too. Did You See The Fab Five Documentary??

  7. mena

    07/24/2012 at 12:22 PM

    Ok. Let's get a few things straight. http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/college/ct-s… "The team also will lose 10 initial scholarships — given to first-year NCAA athletes — for four years beginning in 2013-14 and will drop its total number of scholarships from 85 to 65 for four years beginning in 2014-15." The players that are losing these scholarships are first year freshman. Which freshman get 1st scholarships to play football? Those that were ridiculous players in high school that were recruited by probably 15 other top 25 programs. it aint that serious. So instead of going to Penn State, they will now have to go somewhere else that is a top notch program athletically and academically.

    Second, http://money.cnn.com/2011/11/10/news/companies/pe… "And when comparing revenue to total expenses, Penn State football's profit of $53.2 million was second only to the University of Texas' total of $71.2 million." $60 million is nothing for Penn State. They'll be able to pay this off in no time. They may lose sponsors and they will lose whatever bowl money they received for the next 5 years but they will be fine.

    I have no sympathy for what is happening to Penn State and saying that it is hurting the wrong people…oh well. Here's the deal: when someone takes a position of power, all of the people that are surrounded by the power are effected whether it be good or bad. This was a horrible incident and so now the school and everyone attending will have to face the punishment of what happened. Also, to say that it is going to crush the local economy? Get out of here with that mess. You must not be from a football town or have gone to a major football school. I will tell you this, people will still go to the games, the town will still support the school, and the students will still show up to cheer on their team. Now, maybe the first year Penn State will take a hit but during the following years, they will be ok.

    Also, Penn State is using some of that money to give to organizations that deal with child abuse victims. People care more about a school and the leaders of said school instead of the children (mind you they still cant identify the victim that the grad student caught in the shower) that were harmed. Penn State should be glad that the NCAA didnt do to them what they did to SMU. Save me with that it's hurting the wrong people.

    Nope, this is setting precedent. You want to hide and cover up something for years just b/c of money and reputations? This is what we will do to your entire program and school.

    • NurseJilly

      07/24/2012 at 2:45 PM

      Love all of this!! Well said Mena.

    • cynicaloptmst81

      07/24/2012 at 3:36 PM

      "Nope, this is setting precedent. You want to hide and cover up something for years just b/c of money and reputations? This is what we will do to your entire program and school."

      Exactly!

    • lincolnanthonyblades

      07/24/2012 at 4:18 PM

      Sorry But That First Point Was Ridiculous By Whoever Stated It. Here's The REALITY Of The Situation: http://www.registerguard.com/web/sports/28435438-

      The NCAA limited Penn State’s scholarship total to 65 for the 2014-17 seasons, 20 fewer than other Football Bowl Subdivision (Division I-A) schools. That number puts Penn State on nearly the same level, regarding pure numbers, as Football Championship Subdivision (Division I-AA) programs such as Lehigh and Lafayette.

      Penn State will be allowed just two more scholarship players than Division I-AA programs such as Delaware and James Madison are permitted and five more than Patriot League schools.

      The NCAA’s four-year bowl ban also removed a significant recruiting tool for head coach Bill O’Brien to promise postseason exposure, warm-weather destinations and NCAA-sanctioned gifts worth $350.

      Talk Precedent All You Want, But I Will Ask You This: Explain How SMU Receiving The Death Penalty Resulted In Universities Engaging In Less Illegal Recruiting And Pay For Play Practices?

      • mena

        07/24/2012 at 4:54 PM

        And i will say again, those students that would have received those scholarships will be able to go to other schools. You act as if a school like Penn State is Moose College in Bummuck, Alaska. If Penn State is looking at you other schools are looking at you as well.

        So who gives 2 damns if Penn State won't be able to recruit the top athletes b/c of bowl games. So be it. Those kids will be able to go to schools that CAN go to bowl games.

        For your second point, what i was getting at is the SMU's program was shut down and has NEVER recovered to its full potential. Penn State needs to be glad that that didn't happen to them.

        Bottom line, they should be glad they didn't get shut down. I am pretty sure that the heads at Penn State knew this was going to happen and prepared everyone for the worse. They were probably happy that nothing too extreme happened to them.

        I don't feel sorry for Penn State, the players, the students, or anyone else at the school.

        • lincolnanthonyblades

          07/24/2012 at 4:58 PM

          I Think The Point Here Is That YOU Don't Give A Damn About Anyone At Penn State And That's Definitely Your Right, But In The Interest Of Fairness There ARE Innocent Parties Are Penn State And They Didn't Molest Any Children Or Support Molestation So I Think You're Abhorrence Of The ENTIRE School Is Doing Way Too Much.

          • mena

            07/24/2012 at 5:19 PM

            No. It sucks for the students. But like i said before, power has good and bad effects. No one said a word when they were reaping the benefits of going to Penn State. The reputation was awesome, the money was flowing, their were football games to cheer at and the coach was an icon. Now, things have changed. Those students have the chose to decide where they want to go. No one has handcuffed them to Penn State and I promise you that other schools have probably already sent out recruits to pick up Penn States left overs. I think that you are simply overthinking this entire thing. Something bad happened, a punishment was given, Penn State will come back and hopefully stronger than before, BUT they and every school will remember this until the end of time. When something this extreme happens, the ripple effect is tremendous. That was the NCAA's message and it was heard loud and clear.

  8. cynicaloptmst81

    07/24/2012 at 3:36 PM

    The are allowing transfers/transfer assistance for students/student athletes that want "out".

    Also, if you think that students enrolled during those times didn't know about the "rumors" surrounding Sandusky, think again. They (NCAA/Govn't/etc.) MUST destroy the culture that put the Football program over the lives of innocent children. Will students/faculty be inconvenienced? Yup…but I don't think it measures up to what happened to the boys who were violated on that campus. This trial has been ongoing for a while now. They've had all this time to work on transfers/new job placements…if that's what they wanted. Penn State's reputation was tarnished and found guitly in the court of public opinion long before the report/verdict came out.

    • mena

      07/24/2012 at 3:51 PM

      "Penn State's reputation was tarnished and found guitly in the court of public opinion long before the report/verdict came out." Yep. The NCAA just pretty much said, "oh yeah…here is our punishment as well."

      • lincolnanthonyblades

        07/24/2012 at 4:21 PM

        Maybe For THIS Years Crop Of Freshmen But You Can't Say That About ALL The Players There.

    • lincolnanthonyblades

      07/24/2012 at 4:21 PM

      I Think Its A Little Ridiculous That The NCAA Feels That "Destroying The Culture" Of Penn State Somehow Affects The Rest Of The Nation. It's Absolutely Untrue. The Problem Is With The UNITED STATES OF AMERICA And How Sports Is Massively Propagated And Supported Within The ENTIRE Culture.

      if You Want To Limit A Program Putting SPORTS Before Anything It Requires A LOT MORE Than Punishing One School.

      • cynicaloptmst81

        07/24/2012 at 4:40 PM

        As a resident here, I respectfully disagree with that. Sports is popular and profitable here but to this degree…to the Catholic Priest degree? Naw. And this is the first instance of it being this destructive within the school system…actually, any other organization outside of religious institutions (which is just really sad).

        Its already affected the nation. Trust and believe…bammas will get ratted out way mo'quicker after this, lol. Bet that. Better to villainize a person than a whole school…the offender would get the ax immediately.

        • lincolnanthonyblades

          07/24/2012 at 5:01 PM

          See This Is My Problem With The Issue: We Are Centralizing A NATIONAL Problem To Penn State. Child Molestation Is TERRIBLE, But There Are MANY Atrocities That Have Been Covered Up By Programs All Over The Nation To Maintain The Good Reputation Of The School And Avoid Sanctions.

          My Honest Opinion Is That Penn State Is NOT The Only School That Would've Attempted To Cover This Story Up. I Really Believe There Are MANY Other Schools Who Would Have Done The EXACT Same.

          • cynicaloptmst81

            07/24/2012 at 5:06 PM

            Most schools don't have the record of Penn State though that would warrant such a cover-up…so I def disagree. Religious instutions are trying to protect the faith of believers (if you can't trust the leaders, why should you trust what they're trying to teach you)…so cover-ups like this are unfortunately common. But this is NOT the case is school systems…until now. It may have happened before but the world never knew about it.

          • Dante

            07/25/2012 at 9:32 AM

            Atrocities? Really? Which ones? What atrocities can you speak of that are even close to being in the same boat as what Penn State was covering up?

          • lincolnanthonyblades

            07/25/2012 at 12:06 PM

            I Think You Are Missing My Point, Because I'm NOT Comparing ANYTHING To Child Molestation – The Point Here Is Covering Things Up. And Serious Matters From Illegal Payments, To Drug Selling/Use, To Even Sexual Assault On Female Co-Eds Have Been Covered Up By Football And Basketball programs.

  9. mena

    07/24/2012 at 4:59 PM

    "I Think Its A Little Ridiculous That The NCAA Feels That "Destroying The Culture" Of Penn State Somehow Affects The Rest Of The Nation. It's Absolutely Untrue. The Problem Is With The UNITED STATES OF AMERICA And How Sports Is Massively Propagated And Supported Within The ENTIRE Culture.

    if You Want To Limit A Program Putting SPORTS Before Anything It Requires A LOT MORE Than Punishing One School."

    We like our sports. Sue us. This isn't about putting sports ahead of anything else. This is about putting money and a reputation ahead of molesting children. I am glad that the town has been rocked by this. It sends a shock wave to the rest of the US. Also " Its already affected the nation. Trust and believe…bammas will get ratted out way mo'quicker after this, lol. Bet that. Better to villainize a person than a whole school…the offender would get the ax immediately." Agreed!

  10. mena

    07/25/2012 at 11:13 AM

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/and

    Great article that brought in everyone's points.

    • lincolnanthonyblades

      07/25/2012 at 12:20 PM

      That Was A Good Read. Thanks.

  11. cynicaloptmst81

    07/25/2012 at 11:59 AM

    http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2012/07/24/ncaa-clarifi

    Transfers are sure to be on and poppin now…

    • lincolnanthonyblades

      07/25/2012 at 12:20 PM

      Did Someone In The Comments Section Blame OBAMA For This?! SMH!

      • cynicaloptmst81

        07/25/2012 at 12:32 PM

        I sure hope that doesn't surprise you, LMBO!

        • lincolnanthonyblades

          07/25/2012 at 1:49 PM

          Sadly, Yes It Does..

  12. Guest

    07/25/2012 at 8:53 PM

    No matter what, people can never justify what occurred to these victims. While eventually the students, faculty etc will move on and be ok, the victims will never be the same or have a sense of normalcy..EVER.

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