We Are…In Legal Trouble

Tackling another lawsuit

Penn State Football is once again in the spotlight, and not for the team’s spectacular prospects or prior season performances.  Head coach James Franklin and several named players are involved in a hazing lawsuit, filed earlier this month by a former Nittany Lion.  Despite attempts to report the hazing to coach Franklin and staff, the former player claims he faced retaliation that affected his potential for success as a Penn State football player.  Although this one player faced the retaliation, the underclassmen as a whole were allegedly subjected to the harassment on and off the football field. Read more

Victim 1 of Sandusky Case Sues Penn State Over Concealing the Abuse


Hat Detail, by Flickr user JasonTromm, licensed by Creative Commons

Jerry Sandusky, the former assistant football coach of the Penn State football team was convicted in June of sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15 year period. One of the victims involved in the Jerry Sandusky case, identified by the Grand Jury as “Victim 1” recently sued Penn State on Friday, August 31st.  He claimed that the school had helped to conceal the abuse of the children and was more interested in “protecting the reputation and commercial viability of the football program” than putting a stop to a child predator. Victim 1 also accused notable Penn State administrators, including Joe Paterno, with the knowledge that Jerry Sandusky was a “dangerous, sociopathic sexual predator who had previously raped, sodomized, and/or otherwise seriously harmed young boys on the Penn State campus.”

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The End of Penn State

A headless statue surveys Crystal Palace Park, from Ian Yarham, licensed via Creative CommonsWithout question, the Jerry Sandusky child abuse case has completely turned Penn State University on its head. With the recent discovery that head football coach Joe Paterno had tried to sweep the entire molestation issue under the rug, the prestigious and now-infamous institution is now dealing with a deluge of lawsuits that will plague them for years to come.  From the courtroom to the football field, and all the places between, early estimations show that the settlements could reach the $100 million mark as more victims come forward. Read more