I’m a lifelong sports fan. I have a master’s degree in sport management. I worked and consulted in professional and college athletics for many years. And I’ve been a fantasy sports geek for decades. I’ve invested untold amounts of time and money in sports. But in the case of pro football, enough is enough. I’m done with the National Football League. Continue reading
From Penn State to Syracuse to the AAU, accusations of sexual abuse of minors by authority figures in organized sport have been flying in recent weeks. While I’m glad the initial charges against Jerry Sandusky have evidently given other alleged victims the strength to speak out about their own incidents of abuse, and that the veracity of these claims is being investigated formally in every instance, I continue to be mortified by the very thought that these coaches, teachers, and mentors to young people could have perpetrated such heinous crimes, and allegedly over years if not decades of time.
Here’s hoping the victims and families affected by these scandals see justice done, and that from all of these nightmares come reforms in how college and amateur sports are supervised so that more children aren’t subjected to the horrors alleged in the Sandusky/Penn State and Fine/Syracuse cases, and that other closet abusers will be brought out into the light as is now happening with the former head of the AAU.
There should never be a statute of limitations on child rape. There’s certainly no limit to the damage it causes to the child.
Television sports reporter Jackie Pepper posted on her blog today about the mess at Penn State that is rapidly engulfing the storied football program and indeed the entire institution. She very effectively details the legal responsibilities college administrators have – and the human decency that was evidently absent in this case. She said it all in her opening sentence: “The notion of several adults being made aware of the possible sexual abuse of a 10-year-old boy and not reporting the incident to police is mind boggling.”
Read her blog post here:
I’ve spent much of my career on college campuses and working in athletic departments. I ran youth basketball camps on a college campus years ago, staffed by coaches from the college. I cannot for the life of me fathom witnessing something like what is alleged at Penn State and not reporting it beyond my supervisor to legal authorities immediately – or hearing such a report from a colleague or subordinate and not calling the police.
As a parent to a child who has attended countless sports camps and clinics run by coaches, I’m speechless. There are no words to sum up what my reaction is.
There is no excuse – none – for thinking one’s responsibility stops at telling their boss and forgetting about it. Not when children are being molested. Continue reading