Before you write off this article as just a big piece of nonsense, hear me out.
Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State football coach from 1969-1999, is accused of very heinous crimes against children. The Grand Jury Report is sickening. If found guilty, Sandusky deserves to spend the rest of his life confined in a tiny cell, with no chance at parole.
With that being said, there is no excuse in the world that could justify the type of humiliation and vilification the media has thrust on the entire Penn State community. For three straight days, all anyone saw on TV or read in the paper is how bad Penn State is and how its entire reputation is tarnished. This lasted for three straight days, 24 hours a day. That’s 72 straight hours of negative Penn State comments and reporting that blew this terrible situation way out of proportion.
This Jerry Sandusky scandal has been labeled by the media as “the worst scandal in the history of college sports.” Fair enough, I just
have a few arguments against this. A situation very similar to this is unfolding at Syracuse University, yet compared to Penn State, there has been very little coverage of this story. On the contrary, I have seen many stories about how the basketball team at Syracuse is playing very well and that the players have handled the situation very well. There’s a reason that the players at Syracuse have handled this news well. Syracuse was offered support by the media, saying that the players are not to blame and that Syracuse is more than just one person. The complete opposite was reported about Penn State. All of the stories stated that Penn State football should forgo a bowl game, and that it will take years to rebuild a broken program.
As a result of constant media pressure, longtime football coach Joe Paterno was fired without as much as a single press conference to tell his side of the story and to answer questions from the media. How many times has Jim Boeheim been able to tell his story and answer questions from the media? Many times.
Has anyone heard of the murder that occurred at Florida A&M? Has anyone heard of the allegations of child abuse against Bill Conlin, who was a very respected baseball analyst for the Philadelphia Daily News? I’m hearing the crickets chirping.
Child abuse is a huge problem in our world today. It is our job to protect the children so that they can live a safe and happy childhood. That is why Penn State has raised over $600,000 and has pledged another $1.5 million to the fight against child abuse. A support clinic will be built at the University’s medical campus, which will provide help to all children suffering from abuse. I don’t hear this being reported by the media.
The media has publicly condemned Penn State University even though 99.99% of the people associated with the school has absolutely nothing to do with the allegations against Jerry Sandusky. 96.000 students and over 500,000 living alumni have been publicly humiliated and have been dragged through the mud over the past seven weeks. Can this compare to the pain the victims are feeling? Absolutely not. However, dragging students and alumni through the mud will not make this terrible situation any better.