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‐Finance 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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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?!

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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…

  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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