Paterno Family Lawsuit

WC Buckeye's picture
May 29, 2013 at 4:28p

Well, folks, just when you thought that the wounds might actually be starting to heal, along comes another jagged edge to rip off the scab and start the bleeding anew. The Paterno family is going to now sue the NCAA for basically its wholesale acceptance of the conclusions of the Freeh report, and then acting capriciously in imposing bowl bans, scholly reductions, and fines at unprecedented levels. The family alleges that the binding consent decree was imposed through "coercion and threats behind the scenes."

I don't know about you, but when I read this kind of tripe I think about those poor boys and what happened to them. My mind then drifts to the institutionalization of Sandusky's abuses and the team of people who knew about them, including (if you believe the Freeh report) JoePa himself. I then get immediately shaken back to who was making threats and who was using coercion and threats behind what scenes and when, and I think that the NCAA did exactly what it should've - it brought down a structure that would allow such hideous things to exist. JoePa was lucky enough to have escaped before it actually fell; the rest, including all of the innocents - the rape victims, the athletes, the faculty, the university community, and everyone between them and us - were not as lucky. We now will have to witness the ridiculous word massaging and mock outrage that the lawyers will insert into our collective consciousness.

There should be some inquest to evaluate the allegations, but I would say that the (now) adult victims and their parents should be empaneled to make that evaluation. That's not the American way, I will grant, but there has to be some finality and I think that arrangement might provide it.

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bodast67's picture

Agreed WC...the latest lawsuit shows just how toxic and brainwashed the Happy valley community is. I wish these people would just think of the children and how the culture of silence and win at any cost cannot be allowed to exist moving forward.  




     " I hope when I die, I die laughing"...                

BME_Buckeye's picture

In other news, Penn State and the Paternos are brainwashed.

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.


Crimson's picture

You missed the other Paterno lawsuit thread:
So... You've Encountered a Paterno Troll

WC Buckeye's picture

I read that one, Crimson, but I am sorry, sir - I seem to have missed something. Mark May <> Paterno/PSU

The only thing that's new in the world is the history that we have forgotten.

Crimson's picture

The joke.  You missed the joke.

WC Buckeye's picture

I had to think too hard, but I get it now! Sorry, a bit slow at my advanced age...

The only thing that's new in the world is the history that we have forgotten.

jestertcf's picture

Whatever happens the damage has already been done. The once stoic deity of college football is not only mortal, but significantly flawed. His refusal to raise a finger or a voice has ruined childhoods. What can a law suit about fines and bowl bans going to contribute to lost innocence?

~Because we couldn't go for three~

Idaho Helga's picture

Agreed.  Fighting against a bowl ban is just tacky given the situation.  As soon as I saw they were accusing them of "coercion" I was disgusted.

BrewstersMillions's picture

They don't want the truth. They want a version of the truth that fits the narrative they've bought hook, line, and sinker for the last 60 years.
I've been unabashed in my utter disgust for this lot of people....but I can't even be angry anymore. I'm just truly disappointed in humanity. There are human beings who think the way Penn State nation and Paterno supporters do.
I can't even get angry any more.

TheHumbleBuckeye's picture

Give it a rest Brewster. We get it. You love children and Penn State hates children. Hope you get the helmet stickers you're whoring for.
I'm very disappointed with the direction 11W has taken. This was once a hangout for objective and reasoned sports.
For me, this issue was too disgusting and vitriolic to allow my sports fandom to cloud objectivity in determining culpability in such a complex criminal matter. I wish I could say the same for you and others on this site.

BrewstersMillions's picture

Objectivity? You think my status as an Ohio State fan has anything to do with my disgust towards an entire fraction of college football fans that can not grasp reality and refuse to acknowledge the information that is staring them right in the face? This goes well beyond football or being a fan of a supposed Penn State rival. This is a massive, structural failure at the highest levels of a world class organization. Whether its a mega billion dollar oil company, massive car manufacturer or otherwise world class educational and athletic institution, several powers-that-were failed. My disgust towards the stubborn holdouts striving for their version of the truth to be told despite plenty of evidence to the contrary would be the same.
Be care full up there on that high horse though, the fall might be dangerous.

BukFan's picture

"Whether its a mega billion dollar oil company, massive car manufacturer or otherwise world class educational and athletic institution, several powers-that-were failed."  
or, oh...I don't know?  The ENTIRE leadership of the world-wide Catholic church!

Crimson's picture

1.  Don't be a jerk.
2.  If you're "very disappointed with the direction 11W has taken" with respect to reporting on Paterno, don't bother opening the thread.  You clicked on Paterno; you knew what you were getting.

actionstanleyjackson's picture

Paterno family is detached from reality 

Stay golden, Ponyboy.

WC Buckeye's picture

Precisely my point. There is no recovery here - for the family, for the university, or most importantly, for any of the victims. It seems to me that the best thing that the Paterno family can do is just let this thing rest, and continue doing things that are more in keeping with the legacy of a great man; flawed, but still tremendously influential and positive overall.

The only thing that's new in the world is the history that we have forgotten.

dumpus's picture

i'm gonna grab a bag of popcorn and wait to see how the Paterno family manages to explain how they are in fact a "damaged party" here and how they can quantify the "damage" that they have suffered. 
based on my limited understanding of how civil suits go, it appears that the only party that the Paterno horde can really claim damages against is Penn State, ironically enough. 
i'm gonna need a LOT more popcorn...

Dr. House's picture

every time i hear paterno family lawsuit i think of this noise

WC Buckeye's picture

Every time I hear the Paterno NAME now, I think of it. You just know that some other bizarre statement or allegation is going to follow it. It is a shit show of the highest order now.

The only thing that's new in the world is the history that we have forgotten.