Jerry Sandusky's "So-Called" Victims Better Shape Up, Because A Penn State Trustee Is "Running Out Of Sympathy" For Them
USAToday- Penn State trustee Albert L. Lord said he is “running out of sympathy” for the “so-called” victims of former Nittany Lions assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, according to an email sent to The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Lord, a former CEO of student loan company Sallie Mae, also defended Graham Spanier, the dismissed Penn State president who was convicted of one count of child endangerment last week for his handling of complaints about Sandusky.
"Running out of sympathy for 35 yr old, so-called victims with 7 digit net worth," Lord said in the email sent Saturday. "Do not understand why they were so prominent in trial. As you learned, Graham Spanier never knew Sandusky abused anyone."
"Al Lord’s comments are personal and do not represent the opinions of the board or the university," Ira M. Lubert, the chairman of Penn State’s Board of Trustees, said in a statement to the publication.
"The sentiments of the board and university leadership were expressed in the very first line of the statement released by Penn State: First and foremost, our thoughts remain with the victims of Jerry Sandusky."
Lord is an alumni-elected trustee, and he's currently seeking re-election. He's one of five candidates running for three spots in an election that will conclude on May 4.
Wait just a damn minute here. You can run out of sympathy? I don't know about you, but the most shocking aspect of this completely asinine quote that - somehow still - trivializes the traumatizing experiences of people who were raped as children is the idea that you can run low on compassion. I suppose this shouldn't come as a huge surprise seeing as senior citizens are more likely to say things that require a complete and total lack of tolerance. No wonder Jerry Sandusky shamelessly molested dozens upon dozens of kids. His conscience probably ran dry decades ago. He wasn't a bad person. He was just a terrible budgeter! When it came to understanding the long lasting physical and mental damage he was causing people that were unable to fend for themselves, his sympathy tank was on 'E' far before it should have been.
Albert Lord is simply heeding the proverbial yellow light that his former defensive coordinator was so quick to ignore. I'm sure if he were still a spry young man his heart would go out to the 35 year olds whose personal lives can't be fixed by any amount of money. If he were a little less careful about wasting condolences then he might even admit that those who were sexually abused by someone 30-50 years older than them are victims. I am a little shocked that the former CEO of 'Sallie Mae' doesn't have plenty of sympathy left over from all those years in which he was callously running up the tab on young graduates, but hey - who am I to blame a guy for being frugal with his feelings? Some are better at allocation than others. Maybe Albert Lord is just trying to stockpile sensitivity so that he's able to identify with all the documentaries that he'll be binge watching from his couch while slowly waiting to die.
P.S. Proving that you still don't "get it" while running for reelection by a University that is desperately trying to prove that they do get it? I'm not exactly a campaign manager, but I think that Albert Lord's could use a little...wait for it...sympathy.