A Former Penn State Basketball Player Weighs In Powerfully On The Jerry Sandusky Scandal

  • Glenn Davis

Former NBA player John Amaechi, who played college basketball at Penn State, appeared on Dan Le Batard is Highly Questionable today to give his thoughts on the child rape scandal surrounding former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, and his was one of the best takes we’ve yet heard. Amaechi hit all the right notes – he talked about his personal pain, and the point he made about having helped serve as the public face of Sandusky’s “charitable” organization, The Second Mile (Sandusky used it to find his victims), was chilling.

At the same time, Amaechi acknowledged that his own suffering isn’t where the focus of this scandal ought to be, and in discussing the insufficient actions of Joe Paterno, delivered a line that hits home as clearly as any we’ve heard from anyone who’s weighed in: “You can’t be a part-time man of principle.” The full segment, which comes in at just under seven minutes, is well worth checking out below. Penn State alums looking for ways to take pride in your school in the middle of this mess: you could do worse than remembering that John Amaechi, too, is Penn State.

[h/t Kelly Dwyer]