Doing the Right Thing: If You Are Truly Great it is NOT Optional

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Doing the Right Thing:  If You Are Truly Great it is NOT Optional

The child sex scandal of Penn State has absolutely turned my stomach.  Alumni, students and fans of the Nittany Lions were outraged when the statue of Joe Paterno was removed from the Penn State Campus.  Why?  This guy was an awesome coach.  No one would argue his skill.  As a human being, he was sorely lacking.  He put his football program above the safety of children after witnessing an incident of child sex abuse by his assistant coach.  

There are no number of football games a person could win, or college football players turned great that you coached, that make turning your back on an incident of child sex abuse okay.  Doing the right thing, to a person who is truly great, is never an option.  There is no weighing of options when you witness the powerless or weaker among us being abused.  

We all can take a lesson from the Penn State scandal.  Stand up for what's right.  Don't let things that ultimately don't matter, take precedence over people who need your help.  Keeping your mouth shut when you know something criminal is happening is wrong.  Don't let your legacy be one of being a selfish coward.  

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Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker- Licensed in Virginia, GRI, SFR, Northern Virginia Short Sale Specialist. Affiliated with Long & Foster, 7526 Limestone Drive, Gainesville, VA 20155.  To contact Chris Ann, call 703-402-0037 or email chrisann@LNF.com.  Or you can visit her website:  www.nvarealestate.net.

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The opinions expressed in this post are those of Chris Ann Cleland, not those of Long & Foster REALTORS®.

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Good Morning Chris Ann, VERY WELL SAID, it is awful that so many grown men overlooked the abuse of children to win football games. You say it very well in your closing paragraph. I wish they could have punished teh school without punishing the atletes, students and a whole community but there was no easy way.  Have a great Tuesday

July 24, 2012 06:15 AM
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I have really been perplexed how people can just set aside how the machine surrounding this football enterprise put the sport above the abuse of children.  Your post is well stated.

July 24, 2012 07:45 AM
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John:  It's shameful that sports has this much power.

Carla:  I didn't think Paterno was convicted, but his assistant coach.  Either way, he knew about and looked the other way for the sake of the football program.  That doesn't deserve a statue.

Scott:  Ultimately, protecting the football program by keeping their mouthes shut backfired.  I just think the only thing that would've been better is for Joe Paterno to have lived to see the fall out.

Kathryn:  I certainly don't get it.  It's a GAME chosen over the welfare of children.  

July 24, 2012 03:24 PM
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Well said Chris Ann, I just don't understand how anyone that knew about this, could think that he would stop abusing children. I related to your comment"It turns my stomach". Very sad for all those that were victims.

July 24, 2012 03:59 PM
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Greg:  And a lesson to any professional sports or college sports organization that throwing things like this under the rug can come back and KILL what you tried to save by stuffing it to begin with.

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