LaVar Arrington Rants On Facebook Defending Penn State & Joe Paterno
Former NFL linebacker & Penn State alum LaVar Arrington took to Facebook to defend his alma mater and Joe Paterno in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal a few years ago.
In a lengthy Facebook post, Arrington had this to say:
“Message to Penn Staters
The second someone ask me where I went to college I instantly anticipate what the next question will be.
We’ve been made fun of, insulted, frowned upon.
I’m sick of it, there’s nothing wrong with the pride and dignity we hold in our hearts
for our school. I felt guilty to be proud of who I am and what I represent as a PSU’er.
Even in knowing I/ we had nothing to do with what happened.
It’s odd to me that I’m still trying to find peace within all of the chaos that one mans actions led to.
We do not and should not have to justify ourselves for an isolated wrong doing within our community, if that were the case I think everyone everywhere all schools, all people would have to do it.
So it needs to STOP!!
There has been so many discussions
about clearing Joe’s name and that’s
perfectly fine by me. In the grand
picture of all of this it should be clear that we all are accused of being guilty of what happened and it’s NOT OK. I don’t recall being at Beaver Stadium with 100 thousand plus and us eating hot dogs and popcorn watching these horrible happenings on a Saturday morning or afternoon.
So today I’m writing this to burry once and
for all the feelings I’ve been wrestling with
for many years now.
Let’s all agree that to some degree justice has been served for the few that were responsible. As for Joe, he was never guilty of anything by the letter of the law PERIOD.
WE Are not a cult football community that
blindly defends our school.
Heck truth be told the football program isn’t even the most successful one on campus. We Are great across the board.
WE Are students of higher learning, WE Are
professionals in the work force that drive world and American economy. WE Are fathers, mothers, daughters and sons.
WE Are people that just happen to have a Ton of pride about who WE Are… PENN STATE!!
It falls on us to continue to restore and revive what PSU means. No matter how many “stories” accuse or condemn, ultimately We Are the ones that possess the true power to tell our story!
So today I challenge us all to come together
and burry all of the guilt, embarrassment, shame, anxiety, anger, pain, regret and all the other feelings that this scandal created.
It was and continues to be the actions of many that put the “We” in We Are Penn State.
The truth is the stories surrounding clearing Joe’s name has been a saga that seems to challenge the validation and vindication of us all. The reality is every last one of our accomplishments in life and what We have represented for so long is not only Joe’s vindication but ALL of ours. We should not have to go on trial when we say what school we went to.
I’m proud to be a Penn Stater “dammit” and I’m proud that You are… We Are Penn state together!
I’m proud every time I see that Nittany Lion logo!
I’m proud of every time I hear We Are!! Penn State!!
The media or everyday interaction with people will never remove the love I have for my school or my alums.
That’s it WE ARE PENN STATE and only those who lived it can understand it and that’s all that matters to me!
One can only apologize so many times… The apologies and regrets have been issued in true sincerity, TIME TO MOVE ON!!
Case 11 LaVar Arrington vs his feelings
He then took to Twitter to thank people who loved his message.
Thanks guys was just giving my opinion on my FB page didn’t know it’d cause all of this. But it is what it is “truth is truth” WE ARE!!!!
— LaVar Leap Arrington (@LaVarArrington) June 7, 2016
LaVar Arrington played for Penn State in 1998 and 1999 before he was selected second overall by the Washington Redskins in the 2000 NFL Draft.