He should have just gone and avoided all of this, but the media is really blowing it out of proportion. Lots of players have missed these things and there's never any mention of it.
Can you name one player that has skipped a White House visit purely on political grounds? The bigger issue was his ridiculous posturing/statement that he made which was entirely political, which he ended with "Its not political".
And the media has made a big deal about this before. James Harrison didnt go to the first Steelers visit with Bush, his reasoning was that he didnt want to. He didnt go again when Obama was President either and used the same excuse.
As we all know, our goal song is the infamous "Rock and Roll Part 2". While the song is rather ubiquitous in sport, I think that this is a terrible song for us to use because of its creator (Gary Glitter) and his involvement in sex with underage kids and child porn.
With the news this week involving Penn State and their subsequent banning of this song at this weekend's game as well as future sporting events, I think it may be time to get rid of this tune here as well.
I'm not trying to be overly PC, as I consider myself fairly "un" PC, and while Ive known who Gary Glitter is for a while, it really is not a song/artist that Id want the Devils to be associated with.
No. Sandusky is not in jail. He's been out since the day he was charged on unsecured bail. He didnt have to put up a dime to get out and bail is only paid if he skips out on court.
I don't understand anyone sticking up for Paterno in this situation. Yes, he was a legend and has done more than probably any one person in regards to PSU, but he dropped the ball here. BIG TIME. I can't imagine the next 3 or 4 weeks and Joe Paterno still allowed to coach and this going on all around them. The media would maul him and considering that he will be the target of civil cases, would put the university in further peril. As of right now, we dont have all the facts, but it was Joe's responsibility, as head of the football program to ask questions and find out more when this went down as it happened in his building, by a man he worked with/knew for 30-40 yrs, and had likely heard about prior allegations. He passed the buck, which legally clears him, but its far from right. His statement on Wed about retirement was pure arrogance and the BOT had no choice after that. The school is not the football team. Spanier, Curley, and Schulz were also justifiably removed/resigned. Nothing can be said to save Joe. He needed to be removed to begin the healing. Even if his mistake was smaller than it was etc, no one in the hierarchy deserves a pass. Thats the other side of the coin of power, mistakes are amplified because of the power you hold. McQueary, I have absolutely no respect for as Im walking into that shower and killing Sandusky if I see that. He called Daddy at 28 years old (!) because his first thought was "The Program". None of these men deserve to lead young people again. You cant lead if you cant protect. And in Joe's case, you can't lead if you can't talk. He would not be asked another football question this year.
As for the rioters, anyone who's attended a large university has seen something like that. There are also 40000 students at PSU and there was an extremely small fraction of those types out causing trouble. Its college. A couple of idiots get an idea and people end up following. It hasnt happened again and is not representative of the whole student body. Firing Joe was worth a news van getting tipped over. The "riots" were a bunch of kids getting rowdy and then getting tired; remembering they have class the next day.