For the sins of a few it seems like the majority and innocent will have to suffer in the wake of the NCAA’s punishment against Penn State for the Sandusky child sex abuse scandal that took the nation by storm. If you haven’t heard, the NCAA has fined the school $60 Million. I’m hoping most of this money will go to the victims. The school has been forfeited its last 14 seasons of their football victories since the late Paterno was involved and helped to cover up Sandusky’s crime. The school has also been banned from bowl games for the next four years and will be docked 20 scholarships per year for the next four years.
Coming from a family of high school, college and NFL players, I’m not wholeheartedly in agreement with the last three punishments. I’ve never been one to believe in the majority being punished for the crimes of a few. Likewise, I don’t buy into the phrase the one bad apple spoils the bunch. My line of thinking is that you get rid of the bad apples and keep the good ones. In my opinion, I think these last three punishments aren’t hurting the people who were directly involved but the football players and student body.
I know for a fact that if it wasn’t for athletic scholarships many of my family members wouldn’t have been able to afford college. I understand that Penn State and the NCAA are attempting to wash and cleanse themselves of anything associated with Sandusky’s crime and Paterno guilt by silence but it still sucks to see that so many innocent people have been dragged into this. Why can’t people just be good?
This is why we have to think before we act people. Your bad decisions and crimes don’t just affect you but those around you as well as the victims. We were all put on this Earth for a purpose. Why not make that purpose a positive one? Strive to bring joy, compassion and love into each other’s lives. I’m praying for our world becomes a better place because too many of us innocent folk are getting caught in the crossfires of the wicked!
Do you think the majority should suffer for the crimes of a few? And do a few bad apples really spoil the bunch?