We’ve all been there. You’re in a terrible spot. Your head is spinning, and you can’t think clearly. That’s why I’m offering this letter for you, Joe. It’s a suggestion. Do with it what you will.
Dear Penn State Fans,
I write to you today with a heavy heart. I was wrong, so terribly wrong, and so terribly wrong on so many levels. And now I realize I have a profound need to apologize.
First, I need to apologize to all the boys who were hurt. I’ve spent my life caring for kids, and yet I turned a blind eye on the children who needed me most. I neglected those who were most vulnerable. That’s a terrible burden, one that I will carry to my grave.
Second, there is no excuse for my behaviour, but I want you to know that I was blinded by my loyalty to my friend, Jerry. He was my right hand man, and I just couldn’t possibly believe those terrible accusations. It was hard enough for me when I went to the school authorities, but now in hindsight, of course, I realize my response was inadequate. Terribly inadequate. I now know that I should have gone to the police.
Third, I need to apologize to the board at Penn State. I put you in a terrible position. Once I understood the seriousness of all of this, I should have immediately resigned. To force your hand on this, to force you to fire me was yet another failure of leadership on my part.
Finally, to the wider Penn State community, please remember that the real victims here are not the coaches or administrators. The real victims were the boys who were abused. You all have a right to be angry, but that anger should not be directed at the Board of Trustees. It should be directed at me.