The $60 million fine Penn State will pay is supposed to go to “an endowment for external programs preventing child sexual abuse or assisting victims.” That sounds unassailable—except why is the NCAA setting up such an endowment? Shouldn’t this be part of the settlement the university will surely have to reach with Sandusky’s victims? I’m not sure what the NCAA is doing in preempting that process. It makes more sense for a judge overseeing all this litigation to approve one global resolution, after the parties have hammered it out. I’m all for setting aside money for prevention along with compensation. But I don’t see why the governing body of college sports should butt in to the judicial system here.
Don’t get me wrong – I am completely against sexual predators, but Joe Paterno is dead. His statue has been removed.
Sandusky is going to go to jail for a very short time – he’ll die there, and soon I would guess.
But the fine is not against those who committed the crimes, but against an institution that is predominantly innocent. Further, the wins invalidated today not only remove the record of JoePa but the team players who did nothing wrong. There are a lot of programs that could use that money instead.
Frankly, I find a lot of college football appalling… but this is nuts. This is the same mentality that allowed Sandusky to commit his crimes – “Don’t worry, we’ll handle this internally.”
We tend to think justice comes down to money and retribution. It is not. This is not justice, but people trying to make themselves feel good.
- NCAA President Not Ruling Out ‘Death Penalty’ For Penn State Football (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- Analysis: Because of Jerry Sandusky case, NCAA is likely to ban Penn State football (pennlive.com)