In the last year the Oakland Raiders have added four former Penn State Nittany Lions to the roster. After taking Stefen Wisniewski in the second round in 2011 draft the Raiders have raided Happy Valley by drafting Jack Crawford and Nathan Stupar in 2012 then signing undrafted free agent Chaz Powell just over a month ago.
While Penn State University has been in the news for all the wring reasons lately none of their alumni on the Raider roster are talking. Except for Stupar’s Tweets last Friday, none have discussed their views on the Jerry Sandusky tragedy.
You can certainly understand why none of them would want to say anything on the record. For one it’s highly unlikely anything they’d have to say on the matter would be fit for publishing. Secondly, there is still an ongoing FBI investigation that is certain to reach plenty of former players in due time.
Here at JBB this post marks the first time we’ve mentioned Sandusky and there’s a good reason for that too. I’m not going to get on my soapbox on this one but I’ll just say that there is no punishment admissible by law that suits Sandusky. His misgivings are of the most unforgivable nature and the amount of lives he’s affected cannot ever have peace no matter his fate.
I’m sure that plenty of Penn State alumni have a difficult time discussing the issue. Out of respect none of the local media have pressed any of Oakland’s former Nittany Lions for a statement with Wisniewski choosing not to comment at all when the news first broke in 2011.
This is a tough subject to cross. Many crimes, even those that involve victims, can be rationalized in some way depending on the circumstances. However for what Sandusky has perpetrated there is absolutely no logical reasoning what so ever. Same goes to anyone involved in trying to sweep his many criminal acts under the rug.
Behind closed doors, among those that can be trusted, I’m sure the Penn State alums roaming the Raiders locker room have shared their views. They might not ever do so publicly nor are the ever required to. However their silence says it all. Sometimes something so unspeakable doesn’t deserve a response. Then again, that’s partly how this whole situation got to be the tragedy it is.