Society just doesn’t get it. The headlines … NCAA Hammers Penn State • The ridiculous questions • Is it fair? The clothes rending, hand wringing grief because the NCAA wiped out the team’s wins and they’ve been banned from bowl games for 4 years.
Boys’ childhoods were wiped away by a monster that everyone saw fit to protect to save their precious football program. 4 years? 4 lifetimes won’t wipe away the harm done to those boys. And yet here we are rending our clothes and weeping tears of sorrow over an effing football program. I just don’t fucking get it. Those games that those players won. They can never be taken away from them. In reality it’s semantics, a statistic at best. Those victims’ childhoods can never be restored.
There is no self awareness here. There is no remorse. There is no acknowledgement that no game no matter how prestigious or important is worth the physical and emotional well being of another human being. Until the media and society in general stop focusing on the punishment of Penn State and instead the catastrophic harm done to those children there can be no change.
Take down as many statues as you want, void as many wins as you like, and miss as many bowl games as you want. Until the media and society and the Paterno family in particular take a good long look at themselves and realize what was lost, not for love of the game but for love of success and worldly riches you may as well let ’em keep their statue and their wins and their bowl games because right now no one’s learned a damn thing. Shameful.