At Penn State, the late coach Joe Paterno ran one of the most respected college football programs ever. But for many years people within that community kept a secret about assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, a man who promoted himself as a person who loved kids and wanted only to help them.
It may be that no one in that community wanted to open the can of worms that led to Paterno’s demise as coach and Sandusky’s conviction on several charges of sexual abuse of young boys.
I tried to withhold my own judgment of Sandusky. I wasn’t able to see all the evidence in court. But when multiple accusers come forward, including, belatedly, the man’s own step son … well … if it ‘walks like a duck’….
From the beginning of this sordid story, it seemed there was something perfectly normal and acceptable about grown men showering with young boys. I was involved in athletics for most of my childhood and never once showered with a coach or any other grown man.
It simply wasn’t done. It simply is not appropriate.
Our thought for today is from George Bernard Shaw:
“There are no secrets better kept than the secrets that everybody guesses.”