The uncovering of more victims
The former attorney general now governor Tom Corbett played his coyest coy on Meet The Press yesterday when asked if he thinks there could be more victims. Rick Reilly said he believes there will be more victims on SportsCenter this morning. It’s hard not to expect the worse.
The firing settlements for Paterno/ President Spanier
I’ve been pretty goddamn vocal that this information needs to come out, if only to help keep people angry and interested in the story. Deadspin has already done some great work “following the money” - last week they determined that Sandusky cleared roughly 500K from The Second Mile since they were initially notified of the pedo allegations. Here’s hoping for more stories of this nature.
More Corruption uncovered , as it pertains to The Second Mile
WTF. We just learned today that the judge who allowed Sandusky to go free on bail that he’ll never have to pay was a former employee at the The Second Mile!
Mike McQueary will not be fired
Hopefully indicative of supremely conspicuous tactics to go after the higher-ups, maybe even the football program. I’d personally agree to stop referring to him as “that gutless fuck” for a period if this were the case.
It’s day two of the Penn State sex abuse scandal in the mainstream news cycle. It’s safe to say that dedicated coverage will continue through the PSU-Nebraska game tomorrow, and then beyond that, we’ll wait and see. If something breaks with the NBA lockout, focus is certain to shift in the sports media.
In my opinion, media coverage of the scandal has been solid so far. Three common editorial threads we’re seeing:
1. We all agree that someone should have called the cops. And everyone involved in the cover up agrees too. That’s why coach Mike McQueary won’t be out there on Saturday. That’s why Joe Paterno hired the criminal lawyer that represented George Bush during Iran Contra today. No one who reported any wrongdoing to a superior has been exonerated for doing simply that.
2. The victims are being forgotten in the coverage. Everything I’ve read or written that focuses on Paterno, PSU President Graham Spanier, Mike McQueary, or the idiot behavior of students at Penn State has been met with criticism that we’re not focusing on Jerry Sandusky’s victims. To be honest, I don’t really know what it means when someone comments What about the victims? Would people rather we just resign ourselves to the fact that Joe Paterno, Mike McQueary, Tim Curley all reported the incident to a superior, and clear them of any wrong doing? I don’t agree with anyone who thinks that it’s the proper time to shift focus on telling the story of the victims.
3. At this point, Penn State and Paterno apologists will not be tolerated. Former PSU player and current New York Giant Paul Posluszsky said it best this morning in a statement to ESPN regarding Paterno’s firing: It had to be done. If a pro athlete who owes a large percent of his career trajectory to his former coach can step back from his own personal affection and be objective, the regular fans can too.
The best way to ensure that this story does not get lost in the news cycle is for more people to read the indictment and ask questions. I posted the section on ‘Victim 2’ on Tumblr. This is the portion of the indictment that details where the cover up began by Paterno, Spanier, and the PSU football and athletic staffs. A big question for me continues to be how much Spanier and Paterno will be paid out after being fired. Both were making at least in the high six figures, and must have clauses in their contracts that entitle them to be compensated even though they were fired. They must. Beyond that, the other members of the staff that have been or will be relieved - will they be paid out, get to keep their pensions? Read the indictment and form your own questions about the players in this scandal.