First, to all those who e-mailed me with the wrong impression that I was somehow sticking up for Paterno.
READ THE BLOG.
I in no way stated that I thought Joe Paterno was in the right.
And yes, I am a parent. The first thing I thought was that if that had been my daughter, I would be one seriously revengeful mother.
I gave options on the blog. Wondered what you thought and I didn't want to put my opinion out there for fear that those who disagreed with me would feel as if they needed to just shut up. I wanted to read what you thought.
Still, I felt that I gave myself away.
I not only think that Joe Paterno should have been fired, I think the grad student who witnessed Sandusky violating a child should be fired. I think that every single person who knew what was going on and didn't act should be fired.
And I am repulsed by the Penn State students who threw fits when Joe was fired.
I thought about those kids. Those boys. A lot. I thought about how excited they must have been to be taken on a tour, whatever, of the Penn State sports complex. I know that most boys (and more than a few girls) in my neck of the woods would pretty much die of joy to be taken on a tour of the Husker locker rooms. See where our boys in red make their magic.
I thought of their faces as they walked through those halls being led by an actual sidelines coach. How exciting.
And then...well...how unbearably terrible.
Just thinking of it makes me ill.
But what is worse is thinking about no one, NO ONE stepping forward to be the voice for a little boy who was probably scared out of his mind.
Joe could have been that voice. He SHOULD have been that voice.
Those who have much, have much responsibility.
He OWED it to that boy, those boys, to do the right thing.
We'll never know the whole story. But, you know, we don't need to know it. We just need that one detail: a child was being hurt and no one stopped it.
There is a lot of talk in Huskerville about what sort of reception we are going to get when we go to play there this weekend. Some think we should not even go there. Forfeit.
It will be newsworthy, win or lose, of this I am sure.
It all comes down to one thing. One child's face representing many. And how brave they are to step forward. How awful that they will now be made to re-live what was most likely the worst moment of their lives.
It sickens me.
Joe sickens me.
What baffles me, though, is his face. He looks genuinely bewildered, as if he can't quite figure out what the fuss is all about. This confuses me. Does he REALLY see himself as blameless?
This is just the beginning of a world of pain for a lot of people.
But, mostly for those kids.
Mostly for those kids.
Mostly for those kids.