The child sex abuse scandal at Penn State is heinous, it’s disgusting, and it’s something that I will never be able to forget. There are so many people guilty of not doing enough, there are so many questions that still remain, and the real story is about the children who had their lives ruined. One of the many questions that I’ve been left with is how deep does this rabbit hole go? As bad as things are right now and in terms of how this whole disgusting scandal is unlike anything else and in another stratosphere, but how many more victims will come forward? How many more lives were ruined? And is there more to the horror story going on at State College then we even know about? Mark Madden was all over this story back in April. He actually had the courage and the guts to write about something like this and he is hinting that there is more to come with this sickening story.
Mark Madden joined WSCR in Chicago with Mully and Hanley to talk about what he thinks about Mike McQueary’s role in this scandal, what he makes of some of the questions being asked by people last night, on the idea that Penn State is so insulated and was almost defined by Joe Paterno, and why he feels Joe Paterno swept this under the rug.
On Mike McQueary not doing more to help in the moment:
“I don’t know how to judge what Mike McQueary did. He was a relatively young guy, Graduate Assistant, he witnessed a Penn State coaching legend doing a terrible thing, and that’s a lot of information to process at one time. I guarantee that between the three of us we’ve seen a lot of weird stuff go down in our day and none of us have witnessed anything as shocking as that. I blame McQueary for not calling the cops, especially after the inaction of Paterno and Paterno’s superiors. In terms of what McQueary should’ve done right then and there…but that’s a tough one. I’d like to think I would’ve gotten the kid out of harm’s way but that is a tough one.”
On the questions being asked by “reporters” last night:
“I don’t know who those people were either. I’m often embarrassed for our profession but never more than right then and there. The committee did the right thing, the Board of Trustees, they just took too long to do it. Honestly guys I don’t think they’ve gone far enough. I can’t believe McQueary is still on the staff and I can’t believe they’re going to play Saturday. You saw the riots last night. Tell me what good can come from 100,000 angry people assembling Saturday at Beaver Stadium. (Sarcastically)I’m sure everyone present will be calm and rational. They should cancel the rest of Penn State’s season. Every time they go a little bit further it makes me realize they’ve not yet gone far enough.”
Whether or not Penn State being so insulated contributed:
“You hit the nail on the head about the insulate nature of State College. Penn State is the community’s lifeblood, the community’s entire economy. Up until this situation, Penn State has always been able to control the media and what’s leaked out of State College. I attribute their clumsy behavior all week long to the fact that they don’t know what to do when they can’t control something because they’ve always been able to. A lot of people have given me credit because I wrote what I thought was going to happen with this situation back in April. I don’t deserve any credit accept for maybe having guts because all of this information was publicly available. It was in the Centre Daily Time in dribs and drabs as the grand jury continued its investigation but no one wanted to tip over the apple cart of Penn State. That’s why nobody wrote about this to the degree I did. It’s gonna get worse before it gets better. The one thing I hear is being investigated right now and I hasten to add that this is only a rumor but I know of at least two columnists that are investigating, the story is that the Second Mile pimped out young boys to wealthy donors.”
Why he believes Joe Paterno didn’t do more:
“Joe Paterno comes from a different time. None of what I’m saying is justified because everything that has happened there is no justifying. I’m sure you guys understand me when I say that but Joe Paterno comes from a time where you covered this kinda thing up. Back in the day all you thought about is what the neighbors knew and the neighbors thought of you. Joe Paterno comes from a time where something like this happened you swept it under the rug and got on with it the best you can and I’m sure that’s what Paterno was thinking. I’m sure Paterno can’t believe all this has come to light in the fashion it has.”