WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — The penalties levied against Penn State in wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal are just according to former Nittany Lion linebacker LaVar Arrington.
It wasn’t just the heinous actions of one man that brought a once-dominant football program to its knees and crippled a proud institution. The cover up by the school’s top officials, including the late Joe Paterno, have cast a dark cloud over Happy Valley.
On Monday the NCAA imposed a four-year bowl ban, $60 million fine, removed 10 scholarships and vacated all Penn State wins between 1998 and 2011. The penalties cost Paterno his place as the winningest coach in history.
“Penn Staters did not condone what took place,” Arrington said at the top of his show with Chad Dukes on 106.7 The Fan. “We did not create this. This is something a few people within the community failed to act and failed to address what took place. As a result of it we’re left to shoulder what comes next.”
The fine, which is roughly the amount of revenue that the school’s football program generates in one season, will be used to compensate non-profit organizations dealing with child sexual abuse.
“To me I think it’s more than just,” Arrington said of the allocation of fine money. “I think it’s easier to say don’t play at all. But they’re going to play and not only are they going to play, but you’re going to play and everything you make you’re going to give… you’re going to give it up.”
Arrington starred at Penn State from 1997-99 before he was selected as the second overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins.