• Petitioned Mark Emmert

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National Collegiate Athletic Association
Mark Emmert

Punish Penn State for Covering Up the Crimes of Jerry Sandusky

    1. Petition by

      Beecher Greenman

WHEREAS Jerry Sandusky has been duly convicted in a court of law for various offenses related to his serial sexual predation of children,

WHEREAS an internal investigation led by Louis Freeh, former director of the FBI, has determined that Pennsylvania State University (hereafter known as "Penn State") knowingly and willingly covered up Sandusky's crimes for a period of at least fourteen years, making him exponentially more dangerous during that time, under the de-facto leadership of head football coach Joseph Vincent "Joe" Paterno,

WHEREAS this hideous crime was committed with the motive of maintaining the reputation and resulting competitive advantage of Penn State's Division I NCAA football team,

We the undersigned are RESOLVED to demand from the NCAA an appropriate punishment for Penn State, above and beyond any civil or criminal penalties that might accrue. In particular, we demand a punishment keyed to the motive for the crime: toward that which the cover-up sought to protect, namely Penn State's football program. We suggest that the following be considered in the process of determining how Penn State should be punished.

That Penn State face an NCAA "death penalty" sanction -that is to say, a complete ban on participating in college football- to last not less than six years.

That Penn State be fined an amount equal to all outstanding athletic financial aid obligations toward students involved in the football program, operating under the assumption that every such student shall use the maximum amount of money allowed by such plans. The proceeds from this fine shall be placed in a fund out of which equivalent scholarships shall be paid to any such student who transfers to another school.

A waiver of the normal one-year penalty for students who transfer schools, such that transfer students from Penn State football will be able to resume play immediately for their new schools.

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    Reasons for signing

    • E P ST. LOUIS, MO
      • about 2 years ago

      I care about the safety of children as much as football. Shame on Penn State.

    • b t VICTOR, NY
      • about 2 years ago

      The coverup is right there in the emails. It can't get any clearer than that. Paterno told them to shut up about it. Glad the statue is gone and hopefully forgotten. Not the winningest coach but he gets the prize for allowing the most children to be raped under his watch. Make a statue for that. May they all rot in Hell.

    • Atom Kallen BETHLEHEM, PA
      • over 2 years ago

      Penn State should face one year of sanction for each confirmed victim. It will be devastating for the culture of football-worship and hopefully remind the faculty, staff, and students that no achievement is worth turning your back on tormented children.

      And for those who think the NCAA may not have grounds to punish this offense, I refer you to their constitution:


      For intercollegiate athletics to promote the character development of participants, to enhance the integrity of higher education and to promote civility in society, student-athletes, coaches, and all others associated with these athletics programs and events should adhere to such fundamental values as respect, fairness, civility, honesty and responsibility. These values should be manifest not only in athletics participation, but also in the broad spectrum of activities afecting the athletics program. It is the responsibility of each institution to: (Revised: 1/9/96)

      (a) Establish policies for sportsmanship and ethical conduct in intercollegiate athletics consistent with the educational mission and goals of the institution; and (Adopted: 1/9/96)

      (b) Educate, on a continuing basis, all constituencies about the policies in Constitution 2.4-(a). (Adopted: 1/9/96)

    • Weare Horrified CRAPPY VALLEY, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      Right on, I can get down for this.

    • Ronald Webster SEWICKLEY, PA
      • over 2 years ago

      Penn State went to criminal lengths to keep a competitive edge over their peers. Crime deserves punishment.


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