Football enthusiasts need to back off!
Twice recently, sports enthusiasts have publicly made a bizarre claim - that those of us who talk about known or suspected sex crimes are really trying to influence football games.
That's right. Victims, advocates and law enforcement officials and others supposedly have a "hidden agenda." It's not to help the wounded. It's not to protect the vulnerable. It's not to expose the truth.
It's to help some teams beat other teams.
One such claim comes from Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett. His new lawsuit, which seeks to overturn every penalty levied by the NCAA against Penn State, says “The NCAA…engaged in an effort to cripple Penn State’s ability to maintain a nationally renowned football.”
A similar claim comes from neighboring Ohio, where Steubenville High School coach Nate Hubbard described the rape of a teenager as “just an excuse, I think ...What else are you going to tell your parents when you come home drunk like that and after a night like that?”
Adding insult to injury, Hubbard then said that people are using the rape and “trying to blow up our football program because of it."
(The coach is evidently a gifted psychologist or psychiatrist. First, he figures out the victim’s motives. Then, he discerns the motives of the hundreds or thousands of those critical of the rapists and their enablers in Steubenville.)
Football fans, like most sports fans, like fair fights. But impugning the motives of others is anything but fair. So let’s cut the foul behavior and language and assumptions. Let’s stop the silly – and hurtful - belief that those who care about victims of athletes and coaches are somehow really rooting for the opposing teams.