Thursday, October 18, 2012

We Were Penn State

"Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky leaves the Centre County Courthouse after being sentenced in his child sex abuse case on October 9, 2012 in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. The 68-year-old Sandusky was sentenced to at least 30 years, and not more that 60 years, in prison for his conviction in June on 45 counts of child sexual abuse, including while he was the defensive coordinator for the Penn State college football team."

It has almost been a year since the news first broke that former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky had been arrested for child sex abuse and from that point turned worst scandal in the history of college sports.

Overheard on the television at a Redskins game in 2011, I remember filing images at halftime shocked that local Baltimore Ravens radio broadcaster Gerry Sandusky had been charged with such crimes. But once I followed up on the story after the game I realized it was the other Sandusky - the Penn State Jerry Sandusky.

From that point on, I documented the Penn State story as former football coach Joe Paterno ended his historic career marred in scandal in relation to Sandusky's crimes. Paterno was fired beside other high ranking men in power at Penn State for covering it all up according to a FBI report, later passing away, his statue then torn to the ground, and sanctions imposed on the university, among other events.

Last week, I was driving home after Sandusky's sentencing thinking, "Was that the end?" I don't think so, but visually for now, I think the story is at a standstill unless other news breaks.

To be honest, this assignment has been nowhere near what I thought it would be when I first ventured to Pennsylvania last year. But without warning, the story continued to unfold time and time again.

This has been without a doubt one of the biggest stories I've ever covered and for the longest amount of time and I honestly can say I am humbled at the work produced by the Getty Images team.

Echoing again, this story isn't over. But for now, I have to thank my editors at Getty Images for trusting me to document the story in Penn State and give credit to my Getty teammates for their amazing coverage, too.

While my heart goes out to the victims,  I hope my images have and will continue to resonate with viewers, as this was an important story in history, not just in the sports world.

Its been a sad story - and while I don't pray on the weakness or dark times of others - I do hope that I get the chance to cover a story with such stature again in my career.


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