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Ex-NBA C Amaechi 'ashamed' of Sandusky connection

Posted on: November 19, 2011 5:20 pm
Edited on: November 19, 2011 5:26 pm
 
Posted by Ben Golliverjohn-amaechi

Former NBA center John Amaechi, perhaps best known as the first former NBA player to publicly disclose that he is a homesexual, was an Academic All-American at Penn State University during the mid-1990s.

He made it known this week that he was an active volunteer in the Second Mile, a charity run by former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, during his time in State College. Sandusky has recently been charged with sexually abusing multiple boys affiliated with the organization, the charity's CEO has stepped down, and the charity itself may be shut down entirely.

Amaechi recently told SI.com that he had "some interactions" with Sandusky and he told ESPN in a television interview this week that his association with Second Mile has left him with some very complicated feelings given this month's horrifying revelations.
"I feel ashamed, embarrassed and humiliated. I have been talking to former athletes from Penn State and we were all involved in the Second Mile program. We were the respectable face of that program while, at least allegedly, in the background that program was used to groom and abuse young people.

"I was roped into creating the public face of the Second Mile along with so many volleyball and football and wrestling and other sports athletes. We went out there and were dedicated, and we showed up at schools and we played basketball and kickball and whatever else with the kids as a front to what was happening in the background. That makes me feel unwittingly complicit.

"More than [feeling] betrayed, it's the idea that perhaps we facilitated this. Because we were the ones that made the program so alluring, that made it work.

"Nostalgia, history, legacy, loyalty, all of these things that are personal selfish qualities are getting in the way of empathy for young people who, we know, the evidence shows, lives have been changed forever, damaged forever. Every part of the life of someone who was abused is damaged and changed. They may be resilient, they often power through it in a way that is superhuman, but the fact is that there are very few acts or a violation of humanity that can have such a far-reaching effect on every aspect of a person's life."
Amaechi spent five years in the NBA, playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Orlando Magic and Utah Jazz. He posted career averages of 6.2 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. SI.com reports that Amaechi now works as an organizational psychologist.

Hat tip: TheBigLead.com 
Comments

Since: Feb 27, 2011
Posted on: November 21, 2011 1:43 pm
 

Ex-NBA C Amaechi 'ashamed' of Sandusky connection

Saigon... you are an an absolute idiot....


This is interesting insight form someone who was involved with the second mile program. PSU is going to need the formwer athletes and other alumni to help fix everything that has come to light.



Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: November 21, 2011 1:10 am
 

Ex-NBA C Amaechi 'ashamed' of Sandusky connection

As a Penn State fan I find it quite unsettling to know their sports programs are becoming more well known recently for "coming out of the closet" announcements and homosexual child sex abuse allegations. What are they going to do, change the name to Pervert State? At least they have one heck of a women's volleyball team with no current baggage....yet.



Since: Sep 25, 2008
Posted on: November 20, 2011 4:40 pm
 

Ex-NBA C Amaechi 'ashamed' of Sandusky connection

LOL @ homesexual. Classic.

Note to Amaechi: It's fun elsewhere too.



Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: November 20, 2011 3:43 pm
 

Ex-NBA C Amaechi 'ashamed' of Sandusky connection

His pristine insight and expressed superior standards is all that merits meaning.
Think you might be a bit over the top on this guy? lmao He sounds like Jesus Christ now. Do you know him personally? Or do you form this opinion based on secondary reports? AKA gossip?



Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: November 20, 2011 3:38 pm
 

Ex-NBA C Amaechi 'ashamed' of Sandusky connection

No.  How did you come to that conclusion?
Well Genius, the first sentence in the article refers to who he has sex with. That typically is called a lead in. So when you have a lead in about someone being "gay" that means its an artical about a gay guy. The reality is no one in the world gives a rats butt if he's gay or not, except other gay guys. I guess that means you?

At least Amaechi is well known for something.
So is Sandusky.



Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: November 20, 2011 2:56 pm
 

Ex-NBA C Amaechi 'ashamed' of Sandusky connection

stand up guy thru and thru, well said Meech. liked him as a player and even more so now as a person



Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: November 20, 2011 1:31 pm
 

Ex-NBA C Amaechi 'ashamed' of Sandusky connection

This dude Sandusky seriously deserves to die - very very slowly - the lowest of the low - worse crime than murder



Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: November 20, 2011 9:11 am
 

Ex-NBA C Amaechi 'ashamed' of Sandusky connection

Amaechi is these 3 things one an NBA draft bust,two he's gay and three who wants to know about what you did at the second mile center.



Since: Jun 21, 2011
Posted on: November 20, 2011 8:48 am
 

Ex-NBA C Amaechi 'ashamed' of Sandusky connection

John Amaechi's sexual preference has no effect, bearing nor relevance regarding his excellent evaluative statements concerning the Penn State child molestation scandal.  His pristine insight and expressed superior standards is all that merits meaning.  Makes me wonder if Golliver thinks his heterosexuality adds credibility to his opinons in any fashion.



Since: Sep 20, 2009
Posted on: November 20, 2011 7:00 am
 

Ex-NBA C Amaechi 'ashamed' of Sandusky connection

Neither Amaechi nor any of the other student athletes who participated in the program for no reason other than to assist children in need have any reason to feel complicit. It is understandable why he feels that way as the "alleged" crimes committed by Sandusky were so heinous, but these young men and woman are not to blame. Those who allowed Sandusky to continue to operate with the knowledge, no matter how minute it may have been, that he was doing inappropriate things with these young boys, are. I commend John, as I know I would feel absolutely sick to have been part of a program who was run by such a monster, but the work he and his fellow student athletes did was good and noble.


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