NCAA Responds to Penn. Governor's Lawsuit
As I'm sure many are aware Penn. Governor Tom Corbett announced plans to file an anti-trust lawsuit against the NCAA in federal court over sanctions imposed against Penn State in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal. Corbett stated,
“This was a criminal matter, not a violation of NCAA rules. The NCAA didn’t have any business in imposing these sanctions.”
My interest however is in the NCAA's response to Corbett, which I think is a blatant, and frankly pathetic appeal to emotion.
"We are disappointed by the Governor's action today. Not only does this forthcoming lawsuit appear to be without merit, it is an affront to all of the victims in this tragedy - lives that were destroyed by the criminal actions of Jerry Sandusky. While the innocence that was stolen can never be restored, Penn State has accepted the consequences for its role and the role of its employees and is moving forward. Today's announcement by the Governor is a setback to the University's efforts."
Engaging their legal right for a fair and unbiased appeal that is removed from emotional reaction to the situation is an affront to the victim's and their families?
Come on NCAA.
No one denies the utter and horrific events that took place, but that is not a license to be irresponsible and cast aspersions.
I don't have a horse in this race. That said, I thought the NCAA's response was much more offensive than the Governor's.
"Only the mediocre are always at their best."
- Jean Giraudoux