There are so many opinions on the firing of Penn State head coach Joe Paterno, and they all have their own context. Some make sense, some don't, and some get erased from Twitter in two-and-a-half seconds.
But one opinion that may surprise is that of Harrisburg civil attorney Ben Andreozzi. He has been advising some of the alleged victims of former Penn State defensive coach Jerry Sandusky, but released a statement [Via Pennlive.com] that is certain to raise a few eyebrows:
"The board of trustees got it wrong. They should have consulted the victims before making a decision on Mr. Paterno...They should have considered these victims watch TV and are aware of the students' reaction and may not want to be associated with the downfall of Mr. Paterno. The school instead elected to do what it felt was in its own best interest at the time. Isn’t that what put the school in this position in the first place?"
Andreozzi's statement backed up those in State College and elsewhere who have chosen the Penn State Board of Trustees as the newest villain in a sickeningly sordid affair.
"The way the Board reached its decision raises more concerns than the decision itself. There is no indication the Board considered the impact of the decision on the abuse victims. The school let the victims down once, and I think they owed it to the victims to at least gauge how the immediate termination decision would impact them as opposed to Mr. Paterno's resignation at the end of the year. These victims do not live in a bubble. They see the students reaction to the termination, and to think this does not weigh on their minds would be naive."
Is his assumption fair? Should the victims fear that somehow, in all of this chaos, they will become the villains?
Let's all hope not. Perhaps that fact that we are now hearing from the alleged victims -- even through their parents and representatives -- means they won't have to suffer in silence anymore.
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