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Another 'good-guy' scandal

Friday, November 11, 2011

We have several theories in Sociology about deviant behavior. Some of the theories ask why people break the rules. Others ask why people conform to the rules to begin with since there are attractive and exciting things to do that violate the rules. But there's one theory that doesn't ask either question. Labeling theory says asking why people break the rules or why they conform to the rules is a moot point because we ALL commit deviant behavior. Some commit more deviance than others and some commit more serious deviance than others but all of us break the rules. Because of that, Labeling theory says that attempting to divide society into the good guys and the bad guys is an exercise in futility because the only difference between people is that the bad guys got caught and the good guys didn't; at least not yet.

We see this theory brought to reality practically every single day and we've seen it again in epic proportions this week. Joe Paterno, the 84-year-old legendary coach of the Penn State football team, was fired yesterday for not doing enough when he learned of the salacious nature and behavior of one of his assistant football coaches who many believed would succeed Paterno when he finally retired. And the more we learn about this story, the worse it gets.

According to witnesses, this former assistant coach has been seducing young boys since 1994.

And when I say young, I mean really young; some are in fact alleged to be pre-teens. Paterno first learned about the behavior in 2002 when a graduate assistant saw the assistant coach intimately involved with a younger boy in the shower at Penn State and reported what he saw to Paterno.

According to the rules of the institution, Paterno was obligated to report any kind of bad behavior to his superior which he did but he didn't notify the police.

His superior didn't notify the police either and so this behavior continued.

One of the interesting things about this story is that although the former assistant coach has been doing this for the past 17 years and still had access to Penn State athletic facilities as late as a couple of weeks ago, it only became public the week after Paterno passed Eddie Robinson to become the winningest coach ever in big time college football.

The aftermath of these sordid incidents also cost the president, the vice president and the athletic director at Penn State their jobs too and it comes only months after the scandal at Ohio State University that cost their football coach, Jim Tressel, his job too.

A couple of years ago, Tressel wrote a book about the morals and ethics of doing your job the right way, which takes us full circle back to Labeling theory.

There are a lot of "do-gooders" in every community who are quick to condemn others for their deviant behavior and to hypothesize on high to whoever will listen about the evil things that men do.

There are people who will point fingers and throw stones at others based on rumor, gossip or innuendo without any first-hand knowledge of what happened at all. There are people who set themselves up as judge and jury, ready to condemn, whenever somebody else takes a misstep.

So the next time you're on the receiving end of critical comments made by others, just remember that they're no angels either.

Jim Tressel, Joe Paterno, elected officials, celebrities, law enforcement personnel, the clergy and people from every walk in life have proven that and will continue to do so.


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The old Coach was barred from the facilities in 2002.

-- Posted by wallismarsh on Fri, Nov 11, 2011, at 12:43 PM

"The old coach" was still using the facilities as of last week. I think he was only banned from bringing children to PSU. His retirement contract prohibited PSU from banning him.

-- Posted by devildoc on Fri, Nov 11, 2011, at 5:29 PM

I have never read anywhere that Sandusky was convicted yet, just tried by the media and yet they fire people over this. If this is the case shouldnt half of the Hollywood elite be fired for knowing the pedophile practice that Micheal Jackson was acused of, but not convicted. He's dead now and still has millions of fans. How weird is that.

-- Posted by Keda46 on Sat, Nov 12, 2011, at 2:37 PM

I stand corrected.

-- Posted by wallismarsh on Sat, Nov 12, 2011, at 3:23 PM

The heads have already rolled, charges have been filed, so let's let the system do it's job. The real task at hand is coming to the aid of the victims. Let's make sure they are receiving mental (preferably, Christian) and physical treatment they are in need of.

How many studies have shown the pathway to create a sex predator is to leave a victim untreated and the source of blame.

-- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Sun, Nov 13, 2011, at 3:36 PM

So, CPB, the only type of mental treatment in your mind that works is Christian? No other treatment is good?

Are you saying that if they receive any mental treatment that isn't Christian will be detrimental to them? That's an odd statement. I would think that any treatment that would lead to their recovery would be beneficial. You, apparently, don't agree with that.

-- Posted by MichaelHendricks on Tue, Nov 15, 2011, at 7:50 PM

Most, if not all, secular treatments for sexual abuse do not deal with recovery at all. Secular treatment mostly deal with assigning blame, maintaining blame, and wearing the badge of victim hood for a lifetime, always looking back.

Christian counseling deals with the acknowledgement of blame, then forgiveness. Only then, can the victim move forward with life, never looking back.

-- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Tue, Nov 15, 2011, at 9:10 PM

Mr. Pot,

"So, CPB, the only type of mental treatment in your mind that works is Christian? No other treatment is good?"

Funny how you complain when you think people do to you what you do to others. It is a pretty far stretch to take someone saying "preferably" as meaning ONLY and excluding all others.

-- Posted by SWNebr Transplant on Tue, Nov 15, 2011, at 9:46 PM


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