Good Riddance Jerry Sandusky

Posted: October 10, 2012 in Penn State

Jerry Sandusky was sentenced to 30-60 years in prison on Tuesday morning. (Photo courtesy of ABC News)

 

Jerry Sandusky, go to jail! Do not pass Go, do not collect $200, go directly to jail!

As expected, Jerry Sandusky, the man whose heinous acts of child abuse led to one of college football’s worst scandals and the downfall of the greatest coaches in college football history, will spend the rest of his life behind bars. The former Penn State Defensive Coordinator was sentenced to 30-60 years in prison after being convicted of 45 counts of sexual abuse, essentially a life sentence for the 68-year-old.

Sandusky plans to appeal the sentence and denied the allegations during his sentencing.

While people have been angry at Penn State University and longtime football coach Joe Paterno (JoePa), the only person to be angry at, for me anyway, was Jerry Sandusky. Had it not been for his heinous actions, there would have been no scandal. (Yeah, it sounds obvious, but sometimes I wonder how many people are too busy hating on the university and JoePa to realize that). I am disappointed in former Athletic Director Tim Curley,  Former University President Graham Spanier, and the other “higher-ups” within the school who did not act sooner. I am also disappointed in how Joe Paterno is now perceived (though many argue that he should have done more).

However, the one person that I was truly and genuinely angry at was (and still is) Jerry Sandusky. I hope he realizes the magnitude of what he did.

Not only did he scar a number of young boys for the rest of their lives, his actions also caused the downfall of the greatest coach in college football (Joe Paterno), and punished every member of the Penn State Football team. The NCAA’s sanctions on the football program have decimated the team. No bowl games for four years, a reduction of scholarships, a $60 million fine, and what I feel is the most unnecessary of the sanctions, the loss of all wins dating back to 1998 (the year Sandusky’s actions were first brought up).

While no suffering is like what his victims endured, the members of the football team and the students and fans are also being punished. I wonder if Sandusky took that into consideration when he did these horrible things? I am not sure if he truly knows how many people have been affected (some more directly than others). Not just his victims, but Penn State University, the students (to a lesser extent), the football team, the Paterno family, and Penn State fans everywhere.

Now, Jerry Sandusky will spend the rest of his life in a jail cell.

And you know what Jerry? Good Riddance.

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