With the latest news of Spanier being charged for perjury and obstruction of justice making waves across the MSM in spite of apparently no additional evidence or information, it leads me to the conclusion that this is merely for show as we are a few days away from election time in PA. What better last second push than to have your name placed across the state and nationally to exemplify being hard on crime and against child molestation and those that enable it? It was pointed out by Kate that Linda Kelly is not seeking reelection (shows how closely I follow politics) but I find the timing of this too coincidental to the elections to not have a political motive.
Now there is a good chance that I am unaware of something that has yet to see the light of day, which would weaken my speculations and accusations here, however one point still stands. The timing of this announcement, just like the timing of the Freeh Report, makes absolutely no sense other than self promotion for those releasing the news. Would it not be in the prosecution's best interest to wait until the Curley and Schultz trials before deciding how to proceed with Spanier (assuming there's no statue of limitations that are about to expire)? Would the Freeh Report not have benefited from that same information, or at least benefited from taking more time in evaluating and reconciling the information they had with information from Sandusky's trial? Instead, the report was rushed, incomplete and stated exactly what the whole world wanted to hear and was presented on arguably the slowest news week in terms of sports for the entire year.
While this entire ordeal from the initial leaking of the charges has seemed to have ulterior motives at play while working hand in hand with this comedy of errors, from the initial charges and backlash against Penn State (not only directing national media attention away from certain figures, but also serving to prevent backlash for future budget cuts as who would dare defend a university that was complicit in such attocities?) to the NCAA's expansion of power (under the guise of being against child molestation) to Vicky Triponey's pandering to national pundits regarding her version of the true nature of Penn State. It hasn't been all negative, as O'Brien's success has been championed as a redemption song for the football team and this university by the very same people who condemned us to death less than a year prior.
We as a community have been exploited by every means possible. Our community and university has been used as a strawman to support that we're a culture in complete contradiction to our reality, supposedly willing to put winning above all else. We also get promoted as being loyal and supportive when the story needs new legs in order to draw up page views, with no new developments in the "Penn State Scandal" as the media puts it. We're the name that sells, we're the name that draws attention, we're the name that builds resumes and careers, and as such, like vultures, everyone in a position of authority has flocked to us, taking whatever they can as they meet little resistance. Please do not misconstrue this as an attempt to paint our community to be the true victims here at the expense of those abused by Sandusky. It is not mutually exclusive, and while I am tired of our exploitation, I'm just as tired of the victims, who don't have a voice, exploited for support of whatever purpose people claiming to "act in the best interest of the victims" are garnering support for.
I don't see an end in sight. As much as I had hoped the Curley and Schultz trials would largely be the end, with only the civil trials, preferably being settled out of court, to come. Now we have been exploited yet again, which will undoubtedly reinvigorate the conversation yet again, bringing new life to a story that has neared its conclusion. And with this story, so too will the conversations regarding whether our sanctions were appropriate renew, as well as the possibility of more NCAA sanctions looming overhead. All of these consequences seemingly so that some individuals can make a last minute push in a bid for election. It doesn't seem quite fair, with the consequences for hundreds of thousands determined by the actions of so few.
It would be appreciable to have leadership right now who would fight for us and point out this current exploitation, but our administration won't. They'll continue to attempt to weather the storm and allow those it is supposed to protect to fend for themselves yet again. For they continue to exploit this community just as much as those outside it by taking donations and funding, yet giving nothing back. So this is my call once again for our leadership to finally take action. It will fall on deaf ears, but I'm tired of being exploited.