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  • “Unforgivable”

    Atrocious in the act: despicable in the cover-up.

    Atrocious in the act: despicable in the cover-up. I know Upstart: Business and Management for 20-40 Year Old Professionals members are allowed their own feelings and commentary, but the event at Penn State reeks on so many levels — this is just my opinion.

    I really don’t understand how the Penn State sex abuse scandal was able to remain dormant through so many levels of administrators, players, students — both past and current and community members. But then again — I do know: MONEY and POWER, as well as a decoupling from the real world – the world outside of the privilege of big time sports.

    I am still working out the commentary I want to write in total, yet I am offering my comment that was picked up in the New York Times article Personal Foul at Penn State, by Maureen Dowd. I need to get this off my chest.

    I wrote:

    There is a subtle, yet encompassing disillusionment that many powerful people live though — become good at, especially when the environment centers on a few individuals, who are responsible for all the accolades and amenities — responsible for revenue creation.

    People within that circle become protectionists, obstructionists even, though they might not know, or because they have made a conscious choice – because everything comes down to “protect the program.”

    This is gross and abhorrent, and tell us that we give too much power to people we don’t know – – people we haven’t vetted, and too often, when we do know something egregious has happened — we pursue the most “convenient” measure possible.

    Very little in this event is focused on those devastated by such a breach: it’s all about the coach — the school. It makes me consider: if Penn State — the football program that promotes itself as sentinnal of mores and culture — is this toxic — this duplicitous — what about the programs and institutions that are playing “fast and loose” with the rules.

    Penn State football is broken: American culture is broken more so. Too much lionization of the wrong things — the wrong people: too much projecting our dreams and ambitions through and on other people — and too often — you can’t see what’s really there, even though it’s conspicuous. Sometimes, we don’t want to see what’s there, because it’s not convenient enough.

    Pray for the young people: stand them up and immediately “fire” anyone and everyone associated with this — and yes, Paterno too. He should be held accountable.

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    Good luck.

    Calvin Wilson
    Founder and CEO
    Upstart: Business and Management for 20-40 Year Old Professionals

    Filed Under: Gamechangers


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