I've been thinking about the child abuse scandal going down over at Penn State (not SEX scandal; as my friend Kahlil wrote, "sex occurs between consenting adults"). For the first time ever, I have devouring Deadspin, which is doing a fantastic job covering this story. I am watching people trying to reconcile their current way of life with this absolutely monstrous reveal. But was has resonated with me most is Matt Millen's interview on SportsCenter on Monday (starting around 04:20). You basically witness a man, attempting to keep his professional composure during the analysis, and getting crushed under the weight of the situation:
This segment of the interview almost broke my heart:
It makes you sick to see that this could happen to this level, if in fact it has happened...But this is more than just a program. This is more than a football legacy. This is about people. And if we can't protect our kids, we as a society are pathetic.Going back to the top of this post, it's not like I thought that the kid behind the bike shop was going to be kidnapped by a sexual predator. However, this whole week makes me think of the slow decline of our society into thinking about people as disposable, and something to be left behind.
If you want to read the grand jury report that details all the incidents involving Jerry Sandusky (23 pages), it's both illuminating and horrifying.