Discourse / Letters / November 16, 2011

Letters to the Editor: Response to ‘Paterno will still be a legend’

This article made me sick. Whether or not “Joe Pa” did anything worthy on the football field speaks nothing to his character as a human being. If he received any information at any point that a member of his staff was conducting inappropriate behavior with adolescent males it was his duty as a decent human being to report this matter to anyone who had the power to do something about it.

The reason this scandal is so huge is because it looks like “Joe Pa” did receive such information and refused to act on it for fear of tarnishing Penn State’s reputation on the field. I want to ask, how, in any decent society, does it make sense that we should be more concerned with a sports legacy than the well being of fellow humans who were swept under the rug to preserve it?

I don’t give a d*** what Joe did for that school; sports do not take greater precedent over the lives of human beings. The “legacy” is hollow glamour that is even more disgusting now that we see what people will do to preserve it. I cannot stress this enough, and I know my words are moot to some more die-hard folks who care about the matter, but football doesn’t really mean anything, especially in light of all this. The writer of the original article is just reinforcing the mentality that led to riots at Penn State. We as a society need to care more about how our name looks rather than what it actually means. Your points about how committed “Joe Pa” was only gives weight to the notion that he should care more about it than other human beings. This is not the same as Tiger Woods’ sex scandal. He cheated on his wife because he was a sex addict; he didn’t manipulate a charitable organization to have sex with children while the school turned a blind eye.

If Penn State wished to preserve their reputation, they would’ve looked into the matter, fired the assistant coach and taken the responsibility that this was the right thing to do. In sweeping it under the rug they have brought a bigger s***-storm upon themselves, and shown the world what is really meaningful to them that a trophy means more than a life. That it is worth ruining those lives for glory.

Jake Hawrylak

Class of 2013

Jake Hawrylak

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