Penn State Scandal: LaVar Arrington Brought to Tears by Jerry Sandusky

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistNovember 8, 2011

31 Oct 1998:  Linebacker La Var Arrington #11 of the Penn State Nittany Lions in action during the game against the Illinois Illini at the Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. The Nittany Lions defeated the Illini 27-0.
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Anyone associated with Penn State University as a former student, employee or just a fan of the program is extremely saddened by the news of what former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky is being charged with.

One of the biggest names tied to the Sandusky era of Penn State football has been former NFL linebacker Lavar Arrington, and his words on his radio show echo what most of the people around the program feel right now.

People want to stay loyal to their school through thick and thin, but a scandal as devious and vile as this has even the hardest Penn State fans calling for the heads of everyone with previous knowledge of this incident.

LaVar Arrington talked about Sandusky and his tenure as a student at PSU on his local radio show:

I know Mike [McQueary]. Mike was my quarterback. I know him. So I’m trying to understand, how do you, and again, maybe he felt as though it would be better suited if it came from Coach Paterno… I’m going to tell you right now, I gotta stop that [assault]. Even if it’s, "Coach [Sandusky], I gotta stop you… I gotta take this to Coach Paterno right now." This is not good, oh my gosh, this is not good. The natural instinct that would kick in if I saw a child being violated, and I don’t care who they are, I don’t care who the person is that would be doing that. If you’re an adult and you are violating a child, all reputations, all everything, all that goes out the door. If that was Coach Paterno, like, "Coach, what are you doing?… You gotta come, you gotta come sit your [butt] down right here, I’m calling the cops."

While sometimes it’s hard to imagine LaVar Arrington as the voice of reason, no one has more authority to feel this way than the man who stood next to Sandusky during the time he was committing these heinous acts.

Arrington is speaking for the vast majority of the people around the school who are wondering why more wasn’t done right away.

It was the lack of response that allowed more children to be hurt, and if it was cowardice or whatever they want to call it that stopped their reporting of this issue, they all have to pay.

That includes Joe Paterno.


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