To me, this quote exemplifies the delusional state of Sandusky's mind by the time of the trial. It summarizes the whole of his ramblings that were a response to his sentencing. It is difficult to grasp that Sandusky could truly believe the court system was making him out to be a monster, rather than recognizing the reality of the situation - that he truly is a monster. Where was his "heart" when he was taking advantage of and abusing so many young men? From this quote we are given unclear, contradictory, and hypocritical statements from a man with whom we really just needed honesty.
I am in agreement with Sydney here. When I originally saw the story come up in the news, I was shocked. I never thought that a man could do something to young kids in his own program. And then for him to have the nerve to deny it afterwards baffles me. He says that Penn State and the victims "have won" saying "I've wondered what they've really won. Attention, financial gain, prestige will all be temporary." I do not understand what he is trying to get at here. Joe Paterno had his legacy tarnished because of this, Penn State is going to struggle to maintain a fan base and the University was penalized an absurd amount. Sandusky got what he deserved because of what he did to the 8+ victims and while he can maintain his innocence, the court made its decision. As one of the victim's lawyers said, he had his chance to talk came and went and now he is taking shots at his victims who actually had the courage to speak in court.
The irony in this statement is that Mr. Sandusky is partially correct. His heart cannot be taken away because he gave it away a long time ago. His heart was bartered in exchange for evil wrongdoing and destruction of innocence. He took from children what can never be replaced… earned trust in adults and authority. What he gave them was pain, fear, and shame that they will know forever. His sentence should last as long as the emotional scars of his victims. He made himself into a monster though he will probably never accept that responsibility.
When this story came out, it took the nation by storm. It took the nation by storm in my opinion for two main reasons: one being that how could a man of this age, this prestige, and this well known, get away with the horrible acts that he did. The acts in my opinion are from someone who is very mentally ill. It is even more obvious the man is mentally ill that he will not admit to his wrong doing. The fact that many witnesses took the stand and testified against Paterno, many in tears, means something. For Sandusky to claim the 45 charges child sex abuse to be "a well orchestrated conspiracy" makes me sick to my stomach. To think about not only the victims, but their families, and all they have been through. Coming out on an individual basis through the years the abuse was occurring would have been even more detrimental to the victim and families becuase no one would have believed them. To me, it took a team effort to stand up to a prestige football program and ultimately diminish what it has stood for for so long. Secondly, because this happened at a University that prides itself on building young men of character through one of the best college football coaches of all time, Joe Paterno. After the first break of this story, it seemed inevitable that there was something deeper than what was first reported. To claim that the media, investigators, criminal justice system, Penn State (his own university), pyschologists, civil attornerys, and other accusers; formed a conspiracy on him is absurd and automatically recognizes the man is mentally ill. I feel for the victims and their family in one of the most terrible stories ever in sports. I feel for the University who has taken such a huge hit. I feel for the Paterno family, in what my opinion, this case ultimately killed Joe Paterno. It is a very sad story and I hope nothing like this ever happens again.
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