Forget about any alleged victims in the Penn State sex scandal for just a moment and consider a far larger problem. We don't even really know that there were any victims. But, it's pretty clear that there's a problem. Unfortunately, nobody seems to see it. Probably because it involves looking in a mirror.
Former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky is NOT the problem. Joe Paterno is NOT the problem. The now former president of Penn State Graham Spanier is not the problem. Assistant coach Mike McQueary is not the problem, either.
The problem is us. (To include both Alabama and Auburn fans.)
Sure, it sounds like Mr. Sandusky broke some laws. But, focusing on his alleged misdeeds is really just a very convenient excuse for us to overlook the real problem.
Sure, it sounds like at least a handful of people were aware of or were made aware of Sandusky's activities and took no action or, worse, took action to cover for Sandusky. If you're focused on that, you're just going for the low-hanging fruit.
There's plenty of blame to go around beyond just those guys. How about the DA who knew about Sandusky as far back as 1996 but declined to press any charges?
How about Sandusky's family and his entire entourage at the 1999 Alamo Bowl? Think about it. At what point during an event like that would a coach have time to sexually assault someone without anyone being just the slightest bit suspicious? Maybe it's just me, but I usually have to shut two doors in my own house to get 10 minutes of uninterrupted quiet time on the throne.
How about the school that let Sandusky take at least one alleged victim out of school - apparently on a fairly regular basis? And, the school didn't notify the parent(s)? Really? Then, when the mother of a victim expressed concerns, the school merely banned Sandusky from the school district. They didn't go to the police, either, apparently.
For that matter, what about the parents? I'm not saying this is all their fault, but if you want to spread some blame around let's be honest about it. Shouldn't these parents have perhaps been a little more directly involved in their kids' lives - at least enough to know that their sons were spending an unusual amount of time alone in the showers at an otherwise nearly empty football facility?
Heck, people. If you're that determined to overlook the real problem here, let's go all the way and ask why the victims didn't come forward sooner.
I don't blame any of those people. I don't even blame Sandusky if you want to get right down to it. WE enabled him, protected him, and defended him all along. All in the name of college football. A game. A game which contributes nothing to society or to the educational process of our universities. It is well-established that college sports are not profitable, so you don't even get to argue that, "Football brings millions of dollars to the school." Well, yeah. It does. But, football uses up every dime it brings in and more to fund scholarships, build stadiums, and pay lavish salaries to huge coaching staffs.
The real guilty parties behind the Penn State football sex scandal and all the other scandals we've read about over the past several years are the fans who support college football as though football actually means something.
Here's something to consider, folks. Does the outcome of a game, played by kids, under the aegis of a university that you very likely didn't even attend, matter so much to you that an entire university should cover for a child rapist to make sure "your" team wins? If so, you've got nothing on Jerry Sandusky.