Penn State football players are already taking the role of the victim.
The victims of the Jerry Sandusky scandal were the children he was convicted of molesting. But now after Penn State was slammed with a $60 million fine, the symbolic losses of all of their victories since 1998, and being barred from post-season play for the next four years, new victims are coming forward: Penn State’s football players.
Nate Cadogan took to Twitter to proclaim, “PSU vs the world!!!,” and Jake Kiley echoed him, saying “Penn St. vs. the world,” and adding, “#WeArePennState.”
That’s not something to be proud of right about now, and saying “We are [who we are],” is something that you say after a terrible unjust tragedy strikes that requires uniting all just citizens to avenge (like when children get sexually assaulted and raped and the university administration covers it up). It’s not Penn State vs the world. It was innocent children vs. Penn State.
I understand, Penn State’s players had and have no direct role in the scandal. They are getting hit with this penalty for what other people did. But they could at least have the class and decency to not publicly express self-focused viewpoints as their first reactions right off the bat.
The football program is being punished because if the players didn’t have a direct role in the scandal, the cover up was done to serve them and their program.