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Penn State Board of Trustees Appeal Exposes Paterno Family Hypocrisy

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Four members of Penn State’s Board of Trustees are a part of an appeal to declare the consent agreement for the sanctions levied against Penn State between the NCAA and the University “null and void” on the grounds that Penn State President Rodney Erickson did not have the legal authority to agree without the board’s approval.

First of all, this is a ridiculous idea on the end of the Board of Trustees. One of two things are going to come of this: either your appeal is going to be denied (the likely option), or you will win, the sanctions will be lifted, then the NCAA will say “you know what, we’ve changed our minds, we’re just going to nuke the entire football program like we were going to if Erickson didn’t agree to the sanctions.” Talk about a battle worth fighting.

But let’s forget all of that for a minute. I want to talk about a very important group of people in all of this, who have made sure to deliver a statement at every turn during this entire ordeal; the Paterno family.

When Paterno was exposed in the Freeh Report, they said that Joe was just manipulated by “a great deceiver.”

When his statue was taken down outside of Beaver Stadium, they said, and I quote, “Tearing down the statue of Joe Paterno does not serve the victims of Jerry Sandusky’s horrible crimes or help heal the Penn State community. We believe the only way to help the victims is to uncover the full truth.”

When Penn State had the sanctions levied against them, they said, “Punishing past, present and future students of the University because of Sandusky‚Äôs crimes does not serve justice.”

So far, we have yet to hear a statement from the Paterno family about the choice of members of the Board of Trustees to appeal the sanctions. But, let me ask you a question: how does appealing these sanctions serve to fix any of the things that the Paternos lamented about in the above quotes?

Does this appeal serve the victims of Jerry Sandusky’s horrible crimes or help heal the Penn State community? Does it help the victims by uncovering the full truth? Does it serve justice for Sandusky’s crimes? No, it doesn’t.

So why aren’t the Paternos nearly as concerned or statement happy about this appeal by four Board of Trustees members? The answer is, as it usually is in cases like this, a raging case of hypocrisy.

Of course the Paternos aren’t upset about something that doesn’t help the victims when there is even the slightest chance of it benefiting their beloved Penn State and of restoring Joe’s wins. And I don’t blame them for that part of the equation. What I am upset about is the fact that they have been throwing around the “How does this help the victims?” card throughout this saga, but don’t even bother to put up that facade in this case.

As our own Brian Noe would say, the Paternos need to “pick a lane” in this scenario. Either you care about the victims 100% of the time, or you don’t. But don’t rush to their defense when you are being served a well deserved plate of justice and ignore them when your side tries to frivolously fight back. That is just weak. Almost as weak as your defense of Joe Paterno’s involvement in the Penn State cover up.

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