Jerry Sandusky's Son Shouldn't Be Shamed Into Leaving the NFL

cleveland brownsMy heart goes out to NFL scout Jon Sandusky, son of Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State coach accused of sexually abusing 8 children over the course of 15 years. My heart goes out to all of Jerry Sandusky's children, of course, but as a professional in the same industry as his father, Jon's burden is two-fold: Not only is he forced to live with the pain of being an alleged pedophile's child, he's going to be forced to live with his father's actions casting a shadow over his career.

So far, though, Jon is handling the situation perfectly ...

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Jon Sandusky is not, as rumored, taking a leave of absence from his position as director of player personnel for the Cleveland Browns. And why should he?

Jon (to the best of our knowledge) has done nothing wrong. (And God only knows what he went through growing up. I can barely bring myself to think about it.) For now, Jon is keeping quiet and has requested privacy, but he's reportedly "just completely devastated" by his father's scandal. His life is already turned upside down; the last thing he needs at this point is to lose his job.

Something about the phrase "the sins of the father will be visited upon the son" has always gotten under my skin. Why? Why should a child suffer for his parent's screw-ups? It's just so unfair.

So no matter what happens to Jerry Sandusky, what further (horrible) details emerge, I hope Jon Sandusky sticks to his guns and fights to protect his own identity, independent of his father.

Scandals like this one shouldn't be inherited. 

Do you think Jon Sandusky should take a leave of absence?

 

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