I have watched the whole Penn State scandal and then listened to the Freeh report this morning and I have to say that I am disappointed and a bit angry. First of all let me put a disclaimer here so as to not be accused of making light of a serious situation. As for what has gone on it's appalling to me that people would want to blame the dead man. Joe Paterno is being painted as the bad guy in this whole sick twisted situation because he is not alive to defend himself and I find it pitiful that the Freeh Report came out as it did and the media is now eating it up that Paterno is a horrible human because he allegedly did nothing. Why are we not blaming who actually committed the crime and the young man who witnessed behavior that was not in the least appropriate? JoePa was allegedly told that Sandusky was dealing with young boys in a manner that no one would approve of, he did his due diligence, he told the administrators and they chose to do nothing. McCreary witnessed the acts and went to his father and then to JoePa.......why not to the police? Social Services? The parents of the child? Yet JoePa is now the scapegoat and is conveniently not here to defend himself. This opens the gate for survivors to sue the Paterno estate. How is that going to wind up being fair? Paterno's widow had nothing to do with this whole issue and she and her children have every right to live out the rest of their lives quietly and with dignity.
We as a society are constantly looking for someone to point a finger at when something goes horribly wrong instead of taking responsibility for ourselves or placing it where it should go, on the individual who committed the act. Joe Paterno gave decades of his life to that school and money to boot. His players were expected to be upstanding young men and for years and years Penn State football was a respected program, now because one coach chose to sabotage his career, reputation and life we are all ready to sully a good man's story. How are we much better than the hate mongers that we propose to despise? Not much.