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.