Thursday, November 10, 2011
I have been a sports' fan for longer than i can remember. While i may be naive with respect to some things in life, sports and the circus around it is not one of those things. Like many of you I was disturbed by the news coming out of Penn State over the past several days. When a young person is abused in such a way, it often moves me towards anger.
While I am concerned and prayerful for the familes that have been impacted by the lack of institutional control for the Penn State football program, i am deeply disappointed by the reaction of some of the fanatics who worship coach Paterno.
It was encouraging to see the university do the right thing, by forcing the coach to retire after he allowed this reprehensible and criminal behavior to go on during his watch for over ten years. To see video and pictures of blindly loyal students at this university rioting as a result of this decision causes me to be even more convinced of the overall depravity of our culture and society.
When does our loyalty to a team or individual supercede justice and righteousness? If this had happened to a High School football coach, there would be little if any public outcry. Why then do some of us overreact when it involves a man who has spent over forty years of his life in the public eye?
My prayers go out to those who have been victimized, and also to the perpetrator and those who sought to cover up his perversion. God help us if we truly care more about sports than our children.