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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: Jun 22, 2008
Posted on: November 20, 2011 2:09 am
 

Ex-NBA C Amaechi 'ashamed' of Sandusky connection

Does anyone else find it interesting that the media feels somehow him being a homosexual give him credibility to this story?
No.  How did you come to that conclusion?  They only mentioned that he's gay because that's probably the only way most people would recognize his name.  If Blake Ahearn came out and made these comments, nobody would know who he was.  At least Amaechi is well known for something.



Since: Oct 20, 2011
Posted on: November 20, 2011 12:49 am
 

Ex-NBA C Amaechi 'ashamed' of Sandusky connection

It's good to finally see someone not blindly supporting his alma mater and actually thinking and speaking for himself.  If there were more like him in the program Sandusky would have been stopped years ago.



Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: November 19, 2011 10:21 pm
 

Ex-NBA C Amaechi 'ashamed' of Sandusky connection

Ex-NBA C Amaechi 'ashamed'

I'm sure he's had a long history of this feeling. Does anyone else find it interesting that the media feels somehow him being a homosexual give him credibility to this story? Maybe it does to other homosexuals but to normal poeple it's irrelevant.



Since: Nov 1, 2008
Posted on: November 19, 2011 9:46 pm
 

Ex-NBA C Amaechi 'ashamed' of Sandusky connection

Spellcheck anyone????



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: November 19, 2011 9:34 pm
 

Ex-NBA C Amaechi 'ashamed' of Sandusky connection

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.

What is a homesexual? He has sex @ home?

Honestly, how can you publish an article with an error like that? Don't you have any pride? How can you call yourself a professional writer and make an error like that? It's simply beyond belief. I mean if a poster makes an error, that's understandable. Most aren't professional writers and we don't have editors. You really should be ashamed.

I heard Amaechi on the radio in an interview about this issue and he was simply wonderful. What an intelligent, thoughtful person he is. John stated he felt duped and he was in some way a contributor to these henious actions because he gave his time and promoted the organization. It was heartfelt and moving.
 




Since: Nov 15, 2011
Posted on: November 19, 2011 8:16 pm
 

Ex-NBA C Amaechi 'ashamed' of Sandusky connection

Good thing you added that Amaechi was the firt Pickle smoocher in the NBA , because other than that 99 percent of us would not have even known who he was or is !!!


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