And when Joe Paterno moved towards retirement, and investigators began to close in, he negotiated hard for a 'sweeter' multi-million dollar retirement package.
Louis Freeh, who led the investigation commissioned by Penn State, carefully takes apart Paterno and Co.'s patterns of covering up, delay, and stunning evasions in this report. In his press conference, he briefly describes how many people saw Jerry Sandusky showering with young boys and did absolutely nothing about it. "There's more red flags here than you could count."
Freeh says it: people were afraid of bad publicity and its impact: the loss of reputation and money. Powerful people looked out for themselves in a structure that seemed engineered to help them do this.
Powerful people looked out for themselves in a structure that seemed engineered to help them do this.
And the structure instilled fear in the janitor--far from powerful who witnessed the rape of a child..he was terrified he would lose his job.
From top to bottom, the system served Sandusky and put children in danger.
I believe that far too many of our institutions are structured to conceal the actions of the powerful who are terrified that they will lose what they have. Is this intentional? I'm not analytical enough to say. But this is what I've observed: too often, when there is a sturdy, near-impermeablee hierarchy, the weak suffer and suffer and suffer. And usually, those institutions can legitimately claim that they are also doing good. Joe Paterno did tremendous good for his players, his college, the community. I don't think he conceived, until the very end, that he was capable of doing something terrible.
Good men doing terrible things, and utterly blind to it. Because they believe themselves good. With a blind spot just the size of a defenseless child.