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Please, Let This Latest Rumor About Jerry Sandusky Not Be True


Penn State fired Joe Paterno last night, deciding it couldn’t proceed at all with the legendary coach in the wake of the sickening scandal surrounding former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. And while nothing can erase something like child sex abuse allegations, if there’s any positive to Paterno, plus Penn State’s athletic director, senior vice president, and president all losing their jobs, it’s that maybe the school can now start to move on, that maybe the worst of this mess is finally over.

But if something reporter Mark Madden said this morning is true (Madden’s received some recognition in recent days for writing this Sandusky column months ago), then amazingly, horrifyingly, this scandal might be about to get even worse. Madden joined WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan this morning and shared what he deemed to be a “rumor” about another potential allegation against the “charitable” organization Saundusky founded (and through which he found his victims), The Second Mile. The rumor is disgusting. Here it is (again, this is truly disturbing stuff):

“I will use the only language I can…Jerry Sandusky and Second Mile were pimping out young boys to rich donors*. That was being investigated by two prominent columnists even as I speak.”

If that makes you so sick you can’t continue, we don’t blame you. There are a couple things worth keeping in mind here: one, that Madden is, in the words of Deadspin’s Barry Petchesky, “a professional troll.” Madden even alluded to this himself in discussing why his original Sandusky column didn’t get more play: people thought he was just trying to stir up trouble. Also, as he said, it’s a rumor. This hasn’t been proven true yet. Hopefully, it never will be.

However, troll or not, Madden’s become an authority on this scandal due to his column in April. If he says something about Sandusky, people are going to pay attention. Also worth noting: last night, Brooks Melchior of Sports By Brooks tweeted that “there will soon be a new, major allegation” about Sandusky. He added that, if true, “it will horrify the public.” Well…consider the public horrified. Considering those tweets last night, and Madden’s rumor this morning…the pieces, disgustingly, fit.

Again, hopefully the rumor is just that, but it’s out there now. We thought this scandal couldn’t get uglier – we were wrong. The fact that anyone even thinks this could be true shows what a nightmare this all is already. If it turns out that Madden’s speculation is once again on the mark…then the horrors to emerge so far are just the beginning. Hard to imagine this story could actually get worse – but it was hard to imagine a story like this in the first place.

*As far as we could tell, this didn’t specify which donors – Second Mile donors, or Penn State donors. Second Mile seems more likely to us, but obviously, it’s about the worst thing imaginable either way.

Photo by Andy Colwell for the Patriot-News, via


  • Anonymous

    There was a charity set up by a pedophile for the purpose of meeting young boys who would be easy victims.  That charity continued for years, and most likely dozens of boys were assaulted.

    How can anyone think that this would stop at one perpetrator? 

  • egv19681

    Good God…please let it stop! Penn State should disband the program and regroup.

  • karma

    How can anyone think there is just one perpetrator?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NXVHOJCQFWDDT3L5CX4DIHNOV4 Cathy

    What a disgusting puke Sandusky is and Paterno looked the other way, he’s just as guilty.

  • Pelu Maad

    …clearly enabled by Penn State trustees, a fact obscured by the scapegoating of Paterno….

  • Pelu Maad

    This has NOTHING to do with the “program”….

  • Pelu Maad

    No…Paterno was caught between a witness and Sandusky’s enablers and protectors…..You’ll see….

  • Karma

    Paterno wasn’t and isn’t caught between anything. He had a choice just like McQeary and he did the minimal requirement to handle the situation and moved on. He loved his kids?? Yeah, this incident clearly shows his quality of character. If this was an isolated incident with Sandusky, then maybe I would have some compassion for Paterno. But it wasn’t.  Sandusky’s sick behavior was well known around the athletic department and people turned a blind eye. You think Paterno wasn’t one of them? Of course he knew. Do some research. Sandusky has been living as a sexual predator for at least 15 years. The abuse wasn’t just contained to the campus. He let the victims stay overnight at his home and go on trips with him and buy them expensive gifts. Sandusky got himself banned from a local school district and his own foundation. And we have only just opened the case, it’s just the tip of the iceberg. Paterno was indirectly involved and should’ve acted like the coach and man he said he was and called the authorities and made McQeary stay with him to report it. The victims have been paying the price the whole time. It’s been an open wound and now they are finally are getting the attention and justice (hopefully) they should have in the first place.   It’s them that who have suffered the most and received the most injustice and they are the ones “caught” not Paterno.

  • Guest

    Does anyone realize that the Attorney General of Pa., at the time of the Grand Jury Investigation was/is Pa. Governor Tom Corbett??

  • Karma

    Yes, I came across that fact when I was reading. He was a part of the investigation so he is very familiar with what is going on. I liked when he addressed the students of Penn State and told them they have a right to assemble and a right to free speech but not a right to violence.

  • Pelu Maad

    You’ll see….Paterno got rid of Sandusky as a coach in ’99. The board of trustees have a lot of explaining to do.

  • Karma

    McQeary reported Sandusky’s behavior directly to Paterno the very next day. It doesn’t matter if he wasn’t a coach or not. Paterno had a responsibility and a moral code to follow and he failed terribly at the expense of the victims. He is just the lesser of two evils.

  • Karma

    And that incident happened in 2002

  • Pelu Maad

    No…Paterno’s boss, the athletic director failed to do his job…as did the trustees. Read between the lines…the trustees were clearly aware of what Sandusky and Second Mile were about and tried to deal with it by forcing him to retire, but for some unkonown reason they gave him very generous retirement privileges including an office and campus access. The charges against Paterno’s two immediate superiors seem to point a possible conspiracy to cover up Sandusky’s activities. This really has VERY little to do with Paterno and absolutely NOTHING with the team. The talk of cancelling remaining games is ludicrous. There is NO reason to punish student athletes.

  • Pelu Maad

    Yes…AG of the whole state…..he probably read the same grand jury presentment that’s posted on line…

  • Karma

    Bottom line, those who were aware did not call the cops and that was the WRONG decision. This wasn’t a petty crime. This goes way past the chain of command and the proper protocol. And I agree, the students of Penn State should not be punished. I feel bad for them, actually. What a letdown.

  • Pelu Maad

    Connect the dots….two adminstrators who were responsible for notifying law enforcement have been charged…the athletic director and a vice president who were informed by Paterno and McQueary. The question now is what did they know and how long did they know it and were they involved in a cover-up? The question is NOT why didn’t Paterno form a lynch mob and go after Sandusky. The scapegoating of Paterno indicates his superiors are hiding something. You think this is ugly now? Just wait…

  • Karma

    The problelm is that the incident got watered down, the higher up the command it went.
    Just research a bit and you will find:
    McQueary: anal rape.
    Paterno: something of a sexual nature.
    Schultz: inappropriately grabbing of the young boy’s genitals.
    Curley: inappropriate conduct or horsing around.
    Spanier: conduct that made someone uncomfortable.
    Raykovitz: a ban on bringing kids to the locker room.(Second Mile president)

    Furthermore, Paterno testified that he stopped McQueary in the middle of his description and told him he would be speaking with Curley and Schultz.  The three of them didn’t meet until 10 days later!!! Maybe a scheduling conflict, but I am sorry, actions speak louder than words. That’s a problem. No, I don’t think Paterno should be the scapegoat. Do I think he should have been allowed to retire?  Maybe, but swift action had to be taken. He made a big mistake and I just find it hard to believe he wasn’t aware of other stories looming around Sandusky’s inappropriate behavior. I feel like he intentionally turned a blind eye, especially when he was visited by McQueary. He could have notified the authorities if he had to wait 10 days to meet with Curley and Schultz. It was an urgent matter. I definitely agree with the firings of Schultz, Curley, and Spano. McQueary should be on leave. They were all adults and none of them had the good and moral sense to call the authorities?? I agree, there is more to this story and more that they have and still are hiding.  It’s only just begun. It just makes me wonder what really happened to the District Attorney who was on the case back then. He went missing and has been declared legally dead. His laptop and hard drive were found in a river. Coincidence?

  • Pelu Maad

    It seems Sandusky’s perversion was well known for at least 12-13 years prior to McQueary’s  witnessing it. The law enforcement authorities on the campus were employees of the board of trustees and probably a black hole for any reports. The Gricar suicide wasn’t the first on the shores of a river for his family and I suspect that if it is related to this it’s about guilt at having hands tied. The question here is how and why was Sandusky able to operate for so long….who enabled and protected him? I suspect Paterno knows and I suspect Penn State will be needing a whole new board of trustees if the cover-up is ended.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QDJSWAGYNGV2UEHO4C4NNEJWPQ Money Mike

    Anyone that actually READ the grand jury testimony and thinks that Joe Pa didn’t know that Sandusky was a child predator is either very naive or very stupid! Even if McQuary didn’t go into detail about what he saw to Joe Pa, him being naked in the showers with a 10 yr old is enough to connect your own dots! Joe Pa KNEW at the very LEAST that Sandusky was showering with lil boys for over 15 years and all he and Penn State did was “take his keys to the locker room”. And that wasn’t enough because he continued to use the Penn State facilities after that!

  • AntRia

    After reading the grand jury findings and many comments about whether Coach Paterno should have been dismissed or allowed to retire, I am even more perplexed by human nature.  Saying Coach Paterno was caught in a difficult situation and was only a “victim” of a bad case of it is out of my hand is malarkey.  How about having more empathy and compassion for the victims that suffered the physical and mental abuse from the administration and coaching level at Penn State for over 30 years.  How about instead of focusing on the coach’s wins or Penn State’s reputation or my least favorite, the football program and imagining yourself as a victim of Jerry Sandusky’s sick behavior.  Imagine yourself as a child being victimized and because you are “underprivileged”, you feel powerless against this predator and want this sick behavior to stop.  Personally, would you want the graduate assistant as your advocate?  Granted he told his dad and he advised him to tell the coach.  What if this was your child or nephew, or friend’s child, is that all you would want the Coach to do – make a phone call to his boss.  Really!
     
    As a decent human being, Coach Paterno had other options:
     
    ·         Coach Paterno should have at least contacted that child’s parents or supervisor and made them aware.  Had that been one of his star players, I am sure the situation would have been handled differently?
    ·         Coach Paterno should have gone with the graduate assistant while he called the proper authorities to report this is incident.  Again, I am 99.9% sure, had that been one of his players, he would have walked the green mile with them, holding their hand as he leads the way. 
    ·         Coach Paterno could have recommended to his boss that the Defense Coordinator be removed from duties 10 or 20 years earlier instead constantly exposing him to the drug he was obviously addicted – vulnerable young children. 
     
    For a man who could inspire others to win, despite obstacles, he surely made the wrong decision for many years and unfortunately, the repressions and damages will hurt the football program and school’s reputation for many years to come but is that the real tragedy? 
     

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  • Rita12ghunney

     I am rita by name i am 29 female with no kids …never  been married…5’7 feet tall and athletic and I was born in colorado   and raised in Ghana  and my race is colorado My heritage is English,may be u may ask what i mean by my heritage is English is all cuss our Colonial masters was the British and my dad is a British man, my religion is a Christian,never mind about me been a Christian so  let us see what the future would hold for me and u..       Am student  i study accounting and i just completed my education and had master degree in accounting. Talking about who i am;am that easy going type, adventurous, romantic, ambitious and have a very good sense of humor..         My hobbies are too many but to mentioned a few; sports,watching movies, going for walks, listening to music (almost all types of music), love on the beach, dancing in the dark etc…………. add me rita12ghunney@yahoo.com bye bey tack care ?

  • Karma

    What are u doing? This isn’t a dating website. You are really being disrespectful. For someone with a master’s degree, your writing abilities are not what they should be. People are discussing the Penn State case and you are trying to hook up with guys?? Stop!

  • Karma

    My sentiments exactly.  I also read the testimony. It is not a grey area. It’s black and white, a matter of right or wrong.  The victims themselves showed more courage than the pasty old athletic staff of Penn State. And that is a damn shame.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jnagengast Jeff Nagengast

    I already think that Penn State Football should get the Death Penalty, but if this is true, they definitely need to. SMU paid their players. Penn State allowed a pervert to rape young boys for years and ignored it and covered it up. Which is worse???!!!

  • Anonymous

    The Penn State FOOTBALL STAFF should be examined with a magnifying glass and charged with whatever charge they deserve!!! And fire more if need be. But not the students especially not the football players. They are not responsible for any of this. I feel great empathy for them because they haven’t done anything wrong and now there is a huge black cloud of scandals, abuse, and lies hovering over the college they chose to attend. How can they feel proud of their school anymore? How can they trust Penn State to ensure their safety and protection from crimes against them?  They’ve seen the way sexual abuse crimes are handled. Why in the world would they want to report a future crime now?  Spanier, Schultz, Paterno, McQeary, and Sandusky all did a fine job in shaming Penn State and its innocent student body. 


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