I’ve been following #PSUcharges

…and every time I look at it I get more confused. You my faithful readers may not have been following so closely, but here is how I have seen it going down…

In summary, it breaks into the media, last Monday I think, that retired linebackers coach Jerry Sandusky was allegedly raping and/or fondling young boys in the showers at Penn State while he was employed with Penn State and then more so after he retired in 1999, while he was dedicated directly to the charity that he started called The Second Mile.

In the same breath, the Pennsylvania Statewide Grand Jury finds that the Athletic Director and the Vice President for Finance (who also oversaw the University Police, oddly enough) at Penn State were not credible witnesses when they testified before the grand jury, but assistant coach Mike McQueary and head football coach Joe Paterno were, and had fulfilled their legal obligations so far as reporting suspected abuse. It also comes out that the report of abuse or rape were not investigated by the university, or at least by those that represented the university.

As a result, the VP and the AD step down and resign on Tuesday after being charged with perjury and failure to report, and the focus turns to Paterno’s role. He later announces on Wednesday that he will retire at the end of the season, but the Board of Trustees announces Paterno’s termination as well as that of PSU president Spanier effective immediately. Penn State students erupt, flipping over a news van and causing property damage in downtown State College. On a side note, Ashton Kutcher said something really stupid on Twitter, which caused him to stop using his account directly. Out of all this, that is the only win I can think of.

More speculation on Friday. Tweets about Paterno and the Nebraska game continue throughout the game on Saturday, and tweets about Jay Paterno (Joe Paterno’s son, who is the quarterbacks coach and moved into McQueary’s place after he sequesters himself) afterwards.

Then, Jerry Sandusky speaks with Bob Costas over the phone with his lawyer in the studio yesterday. He declares his innocence (duh).

Today, it breaks that Mike McQueary, the lone eyewitness that actually saw a possible crime in commission, says that he DID stop what was happening in the shower and he DID go to the police. Here’s a similar story on ESPN.

For me, I go from confusion to anguish, back to confusion.

Is he recanting? Can he do that? And what happens to the case now? This confuses me entirely. I have yet to see the interview that CBS aired tonight but from following the Twitter feed it looks like it was a bust.

I’ve resisted posting anything related to Penn State considering how my dad is from Lewistown, which isn’t far from State College and how I was basically raised on Penn State football and through extension, Joe Paterno. The guy has coached at Penn State longer than my dad has been alive, and a Paterno coached football team was what he was raised on just through proximity. It was heartbreaking for me to read and watch everything that had happened and was happening in and around Penn State and State College. I couldn’t believe that it happened on campus. I remembered when I was at Oklahoma State around the time this occurred and the exhaustive security measures that were in place all over campus after hours. How could this have happened and someone NOT known or detected unusual activity? Surely had there been a keycard swipe or cameras in place they would have been able to make a quick identification IF what has been said today is true.

As far as people go, the only things that have been shown is how judgmental we are these days, it seems we care less about the issues and more about the drama.

We react emotionally instead of thoughtfully.

Real life is turning into Facebook…

  • We don’t know exactly what all McQueary said to GJ. We don’t have transcripts only a final report that shows why the GJ said charges should be brought.

    • True, we don’t know *exactly* what was said in his testimony and we won’t know until the trial.

      However, I’m sure if he had said “I stopped the act in progress and then I told police” that would be in the Grand Jury report. That’s what confuses me, first he says he told only Paterno and his dad, then it becomes Paterno, his dad, and police, then he repeated it to the VP and the AD.

      Everybody remembers events differently so who is the most credible? No one can say now. It becomes a matter for a jury to decide.

  • We don’t know exactly what all McQueary said to GJ. We don’t have transcripts only a final report that shows why the GJ said charges should be brought.

    • True, we don’t know *exactly* what was said in his testimony and we won’t know until the trial.

      However, I’m sure if he had said “I stopped the act in progress and then I told police” that would be in the Grand Jury report. That’s what confuses me, first he says he told only Paterno and his dad, then it becomes Paterno, his dad, and police, then he repeated it to the VP and the AD.

      Everybody remembers events differently so who is the most credible? No one can say now. It becomes a matter for a jury to decide.