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LaVar Arrington ‘moved to tears’ over Sandusky allegations

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As the fallout from one of the worst — check that, the worst – scandal to ever hit college football continues, former Penn State players who were coached by Jerry Sandusky are struggling to come to grips with the child sex abuse allegations against the once-iconic assistant.

One of those players, LaVar Arrington, also happens to host his own radio show in the Washington D.C.  area.  On Monday, the former All-American linebacker took to the airwaves for what appeared to be one part discussion on the issue, one part therapy session in an attempt to make sense of a senseless crime and a reprehensible coverup.

“I always saw [Sandusky] giving back, I always saw him as being a part of the community, I always saw him working with kids and caring about them,” Arrington said by way of the Patriot-News.

“So when I heard about this information, when all of these allegations hit … it totally, and when I say totally, it totally took me off-guard. I was moved to tears. I looked at my children.”

Arrington’s final season at Penn State was 1999, which coincided with Sandusky’s last year on Joe Paterno‘s coaching staff, retiring after 31 seasons so that he could focus on running the children’s charity he had founded — and allegedly used  to come into contact with his eight victims — two decades prior.  One of Arrington’s teammates was Mike McQueary, who the Patriot-News named as the then-graduate assistant who, per the grand jury’s indictment, witnessed Sandusky engaged in anal sex with a 10-year-old in the shower of the Lasch Football Building in 2002.

While discussing the role of the football program in this mess, Arrington seemed to be struggling with the idea that McQueary, who is currently the Nittany Lions’ wide receivers coach, did nothing in the moment to stop Sandusky’s alleged sexual assault of a minor male.

“I know Mike [McQueary]. Mike was my quarterback,” Arrington said.

 “I know him. So I’m trying to understand, how do you, and again, maybe he felt as though it would be better suited if it came from Coach Paterno. … I’m going to tell you right now, I gotta stop that [assault]. 

 “Even if it’s, ‘Coach [Sandusky], I gotta stop you. …  I gotta take this to Coach Paterno right now’. This is not good, oh my gosh, this is not good.”

Arrington added: “The natural instinct that would kick in, if I saw a child being violated, and I don’t care who they are, I don’t care who the person is that would be doing that. If you’re an adult and you are violating a child, all reputations, all everything, all that goes out the door. 

“If that was Coach Paterno, like, ‘Coach, what are you doing? … You gotta come, you gotta come sit your [butt] down right here, I’m calling the cops’.”

It should be noted that McQueary took the information, after discussing what he had allegedly witnessed with his father, to Paterno, who passed what was he was told by the assistant up the administrative chain of command.

How the administrators, from athletic director Tim Curley all the way up to president Graham Spanier, handled the information is the saddest part of the whole sordid story, outside of the heinous crimes for which Sandusky has been charged.  Why Paterno, one of the most powerful and respected men in the state of Pennsylvania, did not go to the authorities with the information when it became clear his bosses had decided to keep it in house, under the rug, remains unclear.  Why McQueary, as eloquently argued by Arrington, did nothing in the moment to prevent a young boy from being further sodomized is likely only answerable by the assistant himself.

At the very least, individuals from the coaching staff on up through the upper levels of the university were aware that a naked 50-something man was seen in a shower on the university’s campus with a naked 10-year-old boy.  That wasn’t enough to bring the authorities into the loop, especially after a similar on-campus incident of which the administration was aware had taken place in 1998?

“Innocent or not, this is just … it’s just bad,” Arrington said

Paterno will conduct his weekly teleconference with reporters Tuesday, although a release sent out Monday evening by the school stated “that primary focus of the teleconference is to answer questions related to Penn State’s Senior Day game with Nebraska this Saturday.”  Yeah, good luck with that; Paterno will be peppered with questions about the scandal as he’s the face of the university.

And that’s another sad, sordid facet of this embarrassing mess: where is Graham Spanier?  Why is an 84-year-old man the only face of a situation that’s tainted an entire institution?  Where is Spanier’s leadership?  Outside of an stomach-turning statement of unconditional support for Curley and another top school official after they were charged with perjury and failure to report abuse, Spanier has been unavailable, for all intents and purposes in hiding as he allows his head football coach to take the slings and arrows of the local and national media.

Leadership failed those eight victims through their inaction and active coverup — allegedly — nine years ago.  Now, nearly a decade later, that same leadership is failing just as miserably.  Failing the alumni, failing current students and faculty, failing the moral compass on which the university has prided itself all these years.

May no act of ours bring shame
To one heart that loves thy name,
May our lives but swell thy fame,
Dear old State, dear old State. 

That’s the final stanza of the school’s alma mater.  Thanks to Spanier and Curley and the like, an edit is in order.

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  1. polegojim says: Nov 8, 2011 9:53 AM

    I couldn’t be more saddened, disgusted, and disappointed for the children who are damaged and may be scared for life, the community who rightly expected much much more, and the innocents at Penn State who will not wear this on their sleeves for many years to come.

    Fully expect Paterno to step down soon.

  2. polegojim says: Nov 8, 2011 9:54 AM

    sorry – they WILL wear this on their sleeves for many years to come

  3. sirmixalotalotalot says: Nov 8, 2011 10:07 AM

    The more I read about this situation, the more angry it makes me.
    The fact that other adults took a backseat to calling the cops is bad. A huge mistake.
    The fact that other adults knew of this and tried to cover it up is unforgivable.

    Players taking money, partying with strippers, etc. doesn’t even hold a candle to how severe and terrible this is and what has happened at Penn State in the past.

    The NCAA is the least of college football’s problems if something like this is known about to the highest levels of a hugely known university and nothing was done.

    I sadly think this isn’t the only time something like this has happened at a major university and other school AD’s and President’s swept things under the rug to protect their precious football traditions.

  4. dietrich43 says: Nov 8, 2011 10:09 AM

    I disagree with LaVar. I don’t think McQueary ever expected to see something like that, didn’t want to believe what he saw, didn’t know how to react, and was totally unprepared to react. For all we know, he went back 5 minutes later and they were both gone.

    That the 2002 incident was at least the second that was known about, makes this whole situation that much worse for Pedophile State.

  5. southernpatriots says: Nov 8, 2011 10:10 AM

    polegojim: You are right. This will taint Penn State for many years, as it should.

    The GA should have intervened immediately. Quickly afterward, gone to the police. The GA has alot on his conscience.

    The Athletic Department has much for which to answer. The grand jury is one thing. Public opinion is quite another. We cannot see how the good people of Pennsylvania and the surrounding areas will allow the present administration to continue. That is certainly most sad for those who had good and distinguished careers and because of proper actions have greatly tainted themselves.

    All that aside, and hoping all who knew anything and did not help the children raped and abused or did not make sure this would not happen to other children, will have to pay for their coverup and lack of proper institutional oversight.

    The children are our great concern. We hope and pray that they receive all the counsel and therapy possible to bring as much healing as possible their way. This is truly far worse than any other scandals of artificial marijuana, fights in parking lots, alchohol, tats, or lying to NCAA officials. It appears there may well have to be a complete cleaning out of all those who are tainted by this.

  6. lbijake says: Nov 8, 2011 10:12 AM

    I was a Penn State student. There needs to be a full open disclosure of who knew what when. There needs top be legal and ethical consequences. Even if the administrators can get out of the legal issues, they definitely need to be held to a higher moral standard. Forget about where is Spanier on this matter, where is the freakin’ governor???

  7. namestim says: Nov 8, 2011 10:17 AM

    Anybody remember the part in the Grand Jury document that said that one kid’s mother went in and questioned Sandusky while a detective supposedly listened in?
    That conversation was basically a confession and what’s weird about that is that the DA who heard that conversation disappeared soon after that, presumed dead. That’s why it never really got used as evidence until now.

    I think this could go a lot deeper than anyone thinks. Everybody knows that these state institutions do political funding, and politicians are known for getting more research dollars for these schools at times too…God, what if this cover-up goes beyond just the University officials and up to politicians? Knowing the history of who Joe Paterno is and what he stands for, it wouldn’t surprise me if he was ordered to do the minimum and keep this quiet by people much higher up, at the state level…What if he did go back to the AD after he realized that nothing was getting done and was told to keep his mouth shut? I am in no way trying to make excuses for Joe because he absolutely should have told authorities, I’m just throwing a theory out there…It’s just really hard to understand how so many people did so little in all of this.

  8. tommy57 says: Nov 8, 2011 10:18 AM

    PSU student body should send a strong message that this type of behavior (both the deed itself and the failure of others to act) is simply NOT ACCEPTABLE. PSU should play their final home game this weekend in an empty stadium. Send a message – take a stand – boycott the game!!!

  9. ronin262 says: Nov 8, 2011 10:19 AM

    This whole fiasco is outrageous, the worst scandal ever in college football. The damage is just beginning, Perv State. Blood is in the water and the sharks are arriving. Lawsuits against the university will soon begin, as children who were victimized after this incident could have been saved. If it turns out the victim or victims were African American children then it escalates further. It all could have been avoided if they had just called the police, instead of turning a blind eye, or in McQueary’s case, WALKING AWAY from a child getting raped.

  10. savocabol1 says: Nov 8, 2011 10:24 AM

    Anyone can see that Paterno won’t step down or be forced to step down mid-season. What, if anything, will happen is he will retire at the end of the season saying he is ready to hang up the coaching whistle (attempting to go out with dignity).

    This is an utter shame if he remains the coach for the rest of the year. Much less allegations have forced coaches out a lot quicker. Paterno is not above this game.

  11. dirtyharry1971 says: Nov 8, 2011 10:24 AM

    I figured LaVar was going to say something really stupid like most penn state players but i was actually impressed. He said what i have been thinking all along. How does McQueary not try to stop that attack and call the police?? How?? No what did he do? He goes and calls his daddy and the brave man his daddy is well he tells Mike to leave the building and forget the kid. Yeah very cowardly, McQueary should go to jail too for not reporting it to the police along with his father but that will never happen

  12. polegojim says: Nov 8, 2011 10:35 AM

    @southernpats – exactly, this is far beyond stupid or foolish, it’s sick.

    @namestim – that’s what blows my mind too. How do so many ‘know’, but nothing moves forward.

    Sadly, psychologically, people become comfortable and satisfied ‘not knowing’. They believe that if they don’t probe or inquire, their consciences remain clean. They deliberately become determined to know as little as possible.

    ‘Ignorance is Bliss’… so the saying goes.
    NOT. NOT. NOT.

    Ignorance is not Bliss, it’s Ignorance, pure and simple… with deep roots in ‘IGNORE’. It’s willful.

    The children ‘know’, and adult selective ignorance does not remove their pain and anguish. Wouldn’t they love to ‘ignore’ what happened and never recall it to memory again? They don’t get that luxury.

  13. bcjim says: Nov 8, 2011 10:37 AM

    Its a good thing the state of Pennsylvania is flush with cash so all these victims can be quickly compensated!

  14. teke184 says: Nov 8, 2011 10:42 AM

    “That conversation was basically a confession and what’s weird about that is that the DA who heard that conversation disappeared soon after that, presumed dead. That’s why it never really got used as evidence until now.”

    I took a quick look at the Wiki page on the DA in question.

    The guy had a family history of suicide, so him disappearing in an area where his brother had killed himself wasn’t seen as being a sign of foul play.

    The interesting part is that he never turned up but his county-issued laptop did, with the hard drive separated from it.

  15. mhalt99 says: Nov 8, 2011 10:48 AM

    Fire everyone. Hire an entirely new regime. Vacate all wins under JoePa. That is what PSU needs to do here. If the school and its alumni are half of the outstanding and respectable people we believe them to be this is the only real answer. I would call for a voluntary death penalty but that would just punish the current student athletes, students and alums.

    As for McQueary I would think anyones first reaction would be to stop the assault and then to pummel the coach to an inch of his life….but this is real life and not Hollywood….the only thing I can compare it to would be the D-Day scene from Saving Private Ryan……..the world would be spinning and I could understand if McQueary was in total and utter shock. That seems to be the type of thing that would be mentally blocked out and need years of therapy to come to terms with. I’m sure McQueary has gone over it a million times in his head what he could have or should have done. I’m sure he wishes he reacted differently. He was just a kid when he saw it too. He is a victim of Sandusky as well. At least he did report it. I would expect him to do everything he could to forget that moment in his life and understand why he was not more aggressive in seeking justice – JoePa and the rest of the admin that knew are some of the worst people to ever walk the earth.

    Penn State would have been right to handle this internally if they had done so Texas style…..ie with an UNMARKED GRAVE. I have no problem promoting violence against child molesters. Edit the comment if you like. There is no place for them in society. They should be chemically castrated or put down period.

  16. cimmy24 says: Nov 8, 2011 10:50 AM

    As a current Penn State student and die hard Nittany Lion fan….I can say this.

    The good majority of the student body wants Spanier to be fired. We are not boycotting the game. We are not going to sit down while our Alma Mater is sung.

    Everyone thinks these allegations are completely disgusting and that all involved should be brought to justice. As Lavar, I was also brought to tears by this. It is shocking and extremely disturbing. Us as a UNIVERSITY are upset with this. Tagging us with the name “Pedophile State” and “Perv State” angers me the most. Now my life, my legacy, and my education is stained because of a disgusting individual and a few men who didn’t want to stand up for what is right. Comments like that only make it worse for people like me, those affiliated with what PENN STATE truly is. Not what a few pathetic individuals are.

    Those handful of sick individuals do not define this University. Label us what you will, but understand you are doing nothing but staining the lives of thousands of innocent, unknowing people. We Are. Penn State, Forever.

  17. jakpsu1 says: Nov 8, 2011 10:51 AM

    By not showing up to the game on Saturday, you’re not hurting the coaching the staff or the administration. You’re hurting the men on the field. The players had nothing to do this, and you should still support those young men.

  18. gatorprof says: Nov 8, 2011 10:53 AM

    If Joe Pa had a shred of integrity, he would step down immediately.

    Then again, he has already proven that he doesn’t have a shred of integrity based on how he “looked the other way” on Jerry’s behalf while maintaining legal cover.

    Joe Pa…you have proverbial blood on your hands here and you personally will never be able to wash it off.

    I honestly thought that Joe Pa was the one guy that was “different” from every other coach.

  19. jimr10 says: Nov 8, 2011 10:54 AM

    Paterno will not step down.. He feels he IS Penn State..he has been running things there for years.

  20. cappa662 says: Nov 8, 2011 10:57 AM

    I listened to the radio this morning on my way to work… seemed like all lavar cared about was that the football program wasn’t put on probation. He stated it several times over and over in the interview on 670am in chicago. Lavar came off like a total jerk.

  21. delfi2 says: Nov 8, 2011 11:07 AM

    This story and alleged accusations makes me sick to my stomach.
    Being a coach for more than 10 years of my life, I personally know the sense of accountability and higher set of standards we are, and should be held to. Coaches, are the role models for many children and young men, if a man like Paterno can somehow turn an eye in the other direction for whatever reason, he must suffer the consequences for not doing what ANY HUMAN BEING should do.
    As for the other culprits, they must pay the piper and suffer just like those kids that were tormented and abused have suffered.

    THIS IS SICK and Sandusky, to me is guilty until proven innocent on this one, I am sorry, but this is despicable.

    Every time I see these guys on tv now, I just cringe and get this weird feeling that makes me uncomfortable. SICK OLD MEN, really. even JOEPA.

    Put it this way, I being a FSU fan.
    If this was B Bowden, I would feel the same way.

    Get him the hell out of there!!
    The man cannot make sound decisions and is hurting the entire landscape of college football.

    My stomach is uneasy and I feel very sorry for the victims who had no face or anyone helping them during the years of abuse by this sick old perv.

    Throw them in jail and let the natural course of peer-to-peer judgement take its course.

  22. sports_dude says: Nov 8, 2011 11:12 AM

    Let our boys in the prison system have their way with them.

  23. 11inthebox says: Nov 8, 2011 11:15 AM

    @mhalt99 :
    Well said.

  24. savocabol1 says: Nov 8, 2011 11:31 AM

    cimmy24 says:
    Nov 8, 2011 10:50 AM
    As a current Penn State student and die hard Nittany Lion fan….I can say this.

    The good majority of the student body wants Spanier to be fired. We are not boycotting the game. We are not going to sit down while our Alma Mater is sung.

    Everyone thinks these allegations are completely disgusting and that all involved should be brought to justice. As Lavar, I was also brought to tears by this. It is shocking and extremely disturbing. Us as a UNIVERSITY are upset with this. Tagging us with the name “Pedophile State” and “Perv State” angers me the most. Now my life, my legacy, and my education is stained because of a disgusting individual and a few men who didn’t want to stand up for what is right. Comments like that only make it worse for people like me, those affiliated with what PENN STATE truly is. Not what a few pathetic individuals are.

    Those handful of sick individuals do not define this University. Label us what you will, but understand you are doing nothing but staining the lives of thousands of innocent, unknowing people. We Are. Penn State, Forever.

    _________________________________

    This is the time we live in. These kinds of things are what give colleges a reputation. I went to a school that has one of the best business colleges in the nation. This school was also typically near the top of Playboy’s top party school list. So now when I tell people where I went to school they always talk about the partying.

    This is the reality that you, and every other Penn Stater, must come to grips with.

    Other schools like FSU and the U typically get a bad rap for having a lot of people get arrested there. Not everyone going to school is a criminal.

  25. auburntigers34 says: Nov 8, 2011 11:45 AM

    the thing that bothers me the most about McQueary(other than the fact that he didn’t do anything at the time to stop Sandusky) is that he’s an unpaid GA at the time of witnessing this. the next year, he’s promoted to “administrative assistant” before becoming a position coach the following year.

    not to be cynical, but given the timeline, it’s hard not to believe that these promotions came to him as a reward for keeping his mouth shut and not going to the police.

  26. ogre2010 says: Nov 8, 2011 11:53 AM

    I agree with tommy57, the WHOLE Community SHOULD NOT attend the last game of the season. Imagine the press you will get?

  27. mldean71 says: Nov 8, 2011 11:54 AM

    Head will roll and the only person that may end up unscaved is be Paterno. I do see Paterno stepping down at the end of the season because of what has happen. McQueary will be charge because he witnessed a Federal crime and did not report the crime. Everyone that knew and played and active part in covering this up will be charged with something but Paterno will be asked to step down for his punishment and the rest will do jail time.

  28. southernpatriots says: Nov 8, 2011 11:54 AM

    auburntigers34: That may just be a coincidence, but you have certainly brought up a possibility that needs to be thoroughly investigated.

    This stuff is sick and apparently the coverup of it by some (grand jury indictments) needs another investigation maybe by a special prosecutor from the Attorney General’s Office in Pennsylvania or the state legislature. There needs to be even more investigations to reveal who knew what when, and who did nothing, and who tried to cover up this horror, etc.

  29. onlinedoc says: Nov 8, 2011 12:02 PM

    Having been molested as a child I can only imagine what the ten year old boy has gone through. There is no way to take it back. Punishing ALL who knew about the rape but chose not to do anything about it is the beginning of justice for him.

  30. bunkmcnulty says: Nov 8, 2011 12:09 PM

    @cimmy24

    I find it interesting that you say you and your fellow students want Spanier removed. What about about Joe Pa? No one, wields more authoirty over football matters on that campus than him. May be over all all matters there. Not the AD. Not the President. No one!

    To take your comments seriously, you have to start with the top of the football program.

    My sister-in-law graduated from there. I have been to PSU and enjoyed my visits there. But you are being naive to not insist Joe Pa step down to preserve what reputation is left of your school.

    If he doesn’t step down, you and everyone (players included) should not attend any remaining games. While your worried about yours and your school’s reputation and supporting each other, maybe someone should finally stop being selfish and stand up for those boys who were the true victims.

    You disgust me when you say if we don’t show up we are not supporting those innocent players. This is bigger than them and they are secondary to the concern to the boys affected. Take a stand for once that does not involve self preservation (your schools rep or the feelings of the current players). That seems to PSU motto….WE ARE….SELF PRESERVATION.

  31. abninf says: Nov 8, 2011 12:16 PM

    dietrich43 says: Nov 8, 2011 10:09 AM

    I disagree with LaVar. I don’t think McQueary ever expected to see something like that, didn’t want to believe what he saw, didn’t know how to react, and was totally unprepared to react. For all we know, he went back 5 minutes later and they were both gone.
    ————————————————

    I agree with LaVar. When you see a 10 year old boy being sexually assaulted anyone with a heart would stop it right there. If you saw that and “didn’t know how to react” then I’ll just have to pray for you because you have issues. And McQueary was a grad student, a full blown adult, and his reaction is to run to his daddy? He should be ashamed and Paterno should be fired.

  32. rexachss says: Nov 8, 2011 12:26 PM

    Look I’m not well educated …not well versed but when somethng like this happens I realize their will be punishments handed out but I also believe part of the punishment should be all of the avdvantages/assests of the individuals involved should be sought out and given to the victims….The people in power ( money) although they worked hard had their chance so instead of the Paterno’s enjoying future sucesses under a cloud give the opportunity for success under another name of future generations.

  33. nashvilletrojan says: Nov 8, 2011 12:26 PM

    If you read the Grand Jury indictment, you will see on page 7 that Paterno was told what McQueary saw. Did Paterno downplay and sugar-coat to his bosses? This day and age, Paterno’s claims ring very shallow and ignorant to me. If he didn’t understand or was confused about what his GA told him, perhaps he’s not capable of teaching/coaching youngsters anymore.

  34. grilledjesus says: Nov 8, 2011 12:32 PM

    If Penn State students, alumni and faculty truely would like it to be thought of as a place for higher learning, and not just a football school, then boycotting the games would be the easy answer.

    When you show up and yell “We are Penn State!” you’re just showing support for the cowards who were too scared of losing their reputations to stand up for kids being molested.

    You would all have a much more powerful impact if you stood outside the stadium and chanted, then maybe you save some of the moral values that have been preached by that school.

  35. 187onsandusky says: Nov 8, 2011 12:34 PM

    As someone who went to high school with McQueary I am not shocked he went to his father rather than stop this.

    Last night I emailed President Spanier demanding he resign immediately. I suggest anyone and everyone affiliated with the university do so as well. This morning I threw my tickets for this weekends game in the trash.

    Burn it down. Start again.

  36. Michael Steinberger says: Nov 8, 2011 12:53 PM

    auburntigers34 aptly lays out the possible “coincidence” of McQuery’s promotion. Consider this other coincidence as well:

    Sandusky’s first alleged incident is in ’98. He, the heir-apparent, then “retires” in ’99 (although apparently retaining many university perks and privileges).

    Do we now know the truth of why Sandusky stopped being the heir-apparent? And, if so, isn’t that proof the administration knew full well what happened in ’98, only to ease Sandusky into the background and circle the wagons to attempt to avoid the public fall-out we’re now witnessing?

    I fear this onion will reveal itself to be far more rotten the more layers are peeled away.

  37. cimmy24 says: Nov 8, 2011 1:02 PM

    @bunkmcnulty – Where in the hell did I say “If we don’t show up we are not supporting those innocent players”? You are making this more about football than I did…this is not about football. You believe you know how I feel…you don’t. Nowhere did I say JoePa should be ignored or should remain as the HC. This is about outrage of the image WE are being tarnished with AND how these officials will not speak up. WE are calling for the President to step down. WE wanted to hear from Joe. WE want to hear from someone. You sit here and try to put words in my mouth and think you have an ounce of a clue of how I and other Penn State students and others associated with PSU feel. You disgust me sir.

  38. bunkmcnulty says: Nov 8, 2011 1:31 PM

    @Crimmy

    I apologize. You’re right. I think I did mix an earlier post up of someone else’s with yours. For that I am sorry. I should have been more careful.

    But I still read self preservation!

    While I do feel bad that your’s, and the university’s reputation is damaged by this, I feel like your post was asking us to feel sorry for all these innocents, who were not involved in this mess. A few deranged people who come up with stupid new acronyms for PSU are not important. I am sure you agree that’s not the issue here.

    I guess at this early stage what the responsible thing (imho) is to show outrage over what happened to these boys over what people will think about your school, its students, and your degree coming from PSU.

    I am not sure what you want to hear from Joe Pa? What could he possibly say. He just needs to step down immediately. The President also needs to go to. But Joe has more responsibility for this (morally) than does the President.

    You did not mention Paterno at all in your initial post. I definitely do have an issue with that omission. Why would you not mention him or assign some responsibilty to him, yet you do to President?

    As you mature you will learn what is really important and what is not. If your reputation is scarred because of these people as I said,I am truly sorry for you. But that is secondary at this point in time. It’s time to worry about these kids and the damage done to them.

    I promise to save time to feel sorry for the rest you later.

    Oh…don’t be so hasty to refer to me as Sir. Do you know this?

  39. southernpatriots says: Nov 8, 2011 1:47 PM

    We haven’t yet monitored sports talk radio stations and programs all around the U.S. as we usually do each week, but we have monitored New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

    In New Orleans the conversation was about this horror at Penn State. Many call-in participants sounded much like us all posting on CFT. The sentiments we have are shared by those in New Orleans and the Gulf South.

    In Baton Rouge the topic was LSU possibly winning another BCS NC and after a few minutes of this the remainder of the hour was about this Penn State horror and the hosts and guests all expressed what is being expressed here by the majority of the bloggers on this thread.

    We will monitor Birmingham, Atlanta, Nashville, Memphis, St. Louis, etc. later today but it appears that the sentiment out there in America is very similar, practically identical to most of the posts on this blog.

    Some of this discussion on sports talk radio brought us and kept us in tears. They spoke with world renowned child psychiatrists and therapists from Johns Hopkins, Emory, Oschner’s etc. and all were relating how this incredible horror impacts children so extremely. They carry the scars with them the rest of their lives.

    Several clinical psychiatrists admitted they had never experienced any child molester or child rapist who was ever “cured.”

    We are still in tears and it is so hard to type thinking about this.

    Why didn’t anyone at Penn State care about these precious children?

  40. dkhhuey says: Nov 8, 2011 2:42 PM

    I think it is amazingly important to know where the white-washing of this horrid event took place.

    For the life of me, I do NOT understand why McQueary saw a 10 year old getting anally raped by a 50+ year old in the PSU showers and not stop it! For whatever reason he did not but that does NOT erase what he saw. I’m sorry, he has had 10 f@#$ing years to come clean and has done nothing but stand by Joe Pa and reap the rewards of being a coach at PSU – he has to be made accountable for that!

    McQueary’s dad – was he responsible for settling his kid down and did he start to float the ‘my kid’s silence for a position’ scenario

    Joe Pa – McQueary’s Grand Jury testimony is pretty freakin straight forward. No matter any other facts in this case there are only these scenarios that apply:

    1 – McQueary told Joe Pa exactly what he saw (as he is on record as saying) and Joe Pa ignored it and relayed a much different story to his superiors.

    2 – McQueary lied to Joe Pa and came up with different story than what he testified to seeing – which is what Joe Pa has been saying – that he never heard about a 10 year old boy being anally raped by Sandusky.

    3 – McQueary and Joe Pa worked out a different version of what he saw and there suddenly was a paying assistant’s job with future promotions in line and the new story was moved up the ladder.

    4 – McQueary told the real story which Joe Pa relayed to his superiors and they white washed it.

    Pick your initial starting square and start moving out from there. Each of these has its own set of branches that indict and touch different people and with different outcomes.

    It is all going to come down to who throws who under the bus and how much damage control PSU’s attorneys can perform.

  41. southernpatriots says: Nov 8, 2011 3:04 PM

    dkhhuey: You have analyzed it very well. I and my sisters and sister-in-laws have cried throughout the day today and I am right now just thinking about the horror that happened to these children.

    Child psychiatrists on WWL Radio-New Orleans and some we know tell us that these children will bear these very horrific memories all their lives. They are scarred. The child predator/rapist cannot be cured, according to many clinical psychiatrists. Dear God, the only great horror can be is that more children were raped than we know!

  42. maralago says: Nov 8, 2011 3:28 PM

    I cannot believe some of the posts excusing McQueary saying insane things like “he was just a kid” – HE WAS 28. But even if he was 18, what kind of human walks away & calls his dad when he sees a child being raped???? I know for a fact what I’d do because I was 20 when I saw a young woman being raped behind a truck in a supermarket parking lot & I went psycho on him. AND I’M A 5’5″ GIRL.

    The people who said McQueary should resign are RIGHT. No one with judgment that horrible should be in a position of leadership or teaching or coaching and CERTAINLY not with young people.

    Have you McQueary defenders any idea what his inactions said to that 10 year old? That even when someone comes along & finds out the nightmare happening to you, even then, they won’t help you. NO WONDER HE HAS NEVER COME FORWARD!!!!! Even sadder, because of his trauma, there’s a better than 50/50 chance that boy became an abuser himself. It is the sickest side effect of sexual child abuse. Rip out the entire Penn State athletic system & start over. In case you haven’t heard, it’s a REALLY bad economy & there are LOTS of normal, good people looking for work.

  43. dkhhuey says: Nov 8, 2011 3:41 PM

    @southern – I am torn by all of this, given the scandal we just went through (albeit now it appears just a small little incident). There were so many stories flying out of and about OSU on an hourly basis that it was really hard to know what to take as real and what to dis-guard as fiction. I tried to remain neutral during the feeding frenzy until all of the facts came out, then face up to the results, and begin to move on.

    I have so tried to remain neutral with this mess but quite frankly, it has been almost impossible not to grab the pitch fork and torch, given the Grand Jury testimony about the grossly heinous and deviant acts of child abuse by this POS, the people that supposedly knew and did nothing, and the obvious attempts to white wash it to something as innocent as random ‘horse play’. This is just going to be one of the worst episodes in college football’s history at this point in time!

  44. corvusrex96 says: Nov 8, 2011 3:45 PM

    McQueary should be also be charged. Child abuse report laws are written so that if you see a bruise on a kid and think it is abuse you are reuired to report it.

    McQueary saw a sexual assault in progress and called a “football coach” oh but not until the next day

    I would like to know what was going on in his head when he had to walk by several blue light emergency police telephones that are all over the campus as he left the building on his way home.

    All he had to do is pick up the receiver and officers are dispatched to that location.

    At best a coward, at worst someone who parlayed that into a paid assistant coaching gig.

  45. dietrich43 says: Nov 8, 2011 5:30 PM

    Someone needs to start a donations drive for a child abuse charity. And everyone should have their donation be from “We are Penn State”. Anyone know a good charity, where most of the most goes to helping kids instead of administrative costs?

  46. stevenfbrackett says: Nov 8, 2011 10:08 PM

    No one could even make an anonymous call to the police crimestoppers/tip line?

    Not one person – in more than a decade.

    There is no penance that can absolve that.

  47. 1nittanyjimbo says: Nov 8, 2011 11:30 PM

    People! This is not about football. Just because it is reported on the sports pages ( I can’t come to grips with that idea). These are law breakers of one kind or another. Deal with them. They may be able to lessen the impact on the university by resigning and not forcing the university to take that step. The people that broke laws should be punished. Investigate, prosecute and punish.

    Take away victories of the football program? Why? Do you think the players (past and present), who have dedicated their lives to get ahead by playing this sport, selected that school and spent their hours at study and practice, did all that to cover up a sexual preditor? There are thousands of graduates from that school each year who never see a football game. They go out and do their jobs and have a positive impact on society and the world. To punish players makes about as much sense as having all the graduates of the school register as sex offenders. Get a grip, there are bad guys everywhere. We’ve discovered about 5 or 6 here so lets deal with them according to their degree of guilt and punish them.

  48. irenesteh says: Nov 13, 2011 12:32 PM

    I’m a Canadian, newly moved to the States. Hockey is our phenom. But issues like this are the lowest point common denominators.
    And why it affects all of us, is that the sanctity of a school is relevant, college is that last rite of passage into adulthood. And when these people take a job, and sign a contract.. they agree to mentor, inspire, guide and GUARD. This commitment and responsibility supersedes all titles, wins and losses. This whole administration lost sight of that and in the moment(s) acted with short-sight and with personal motives.
    What is saddest, personally, is that it speaks to all of us as a society. Who is willing to do the right thing? Because, call me a cynic, but too many of us are scared to speak up thinking someone else will.
    I am glad those boys played the game of football on Saturday, and with heart. It is their right to play and enjoy; all kids have that right.

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