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Ex-NFL Player LaVar Arrington Makes Apology to ‘Victim 4’ in Jerry Sandusky Trial

LaVar Arrington was one of the star products of Jerry Sandusky’s defense at Penn State.

The former All-American Nittany Lion linebacker went on to play six seasons for the Washington Redskins and finished his playing career with one year as a New York Giant. Arrington was a three-time All-Pro and was also selected to three Pro Bowls.

Arrington was successful in football because he paid attention to what Jerry Sandusky said. Now, he wishes he would have paid considerably more attention to what his mentor did.

On Monday, the first day of testimony in Jerry Sandusky’s sexual assault trial, the accuser now identified publicly as “Victim 4” recounted a story of a visit to the Penn State locker room in which Sandusky regaled him with a jersey from his hero, Arrington.  The testimony so touched Arrington that he later that day tweeted a personal apology to “Victim 4” and then on Tuesday wrote about it in his Washington Post column.

Arrington apologized to “Victim 4” for not paying closer attention and truly assessing what was going on in the locker room around him.  A great quality of a linebacker is to be able to assess the field and take in all that is happening around him quickly and responding. It is a shame that Arrington didn’t carry that field vision with him off the field.

This whole trial is a sordid mess and bound to get messier. At least, LaVar Arrington had the decency and class to own up his failure. We appreciate that. I wonder if “Victim 4” does also.

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19 thoughts on “Ex-NFL Player LaVar Arrington Makes Apology to ‘Victim 4’ in Jerry Sandusky Trial

  1. Brian Smith says:

    Am I reading the end of the story right? Is the writer of the article asking if "Victim 4" will do the right thing and own up to his guilt? Huh?

  2. no they're wondering if victim 4 appreciates that Arrington owned up to his failures.

  3. Ed Wood says:

    <b> Why is Stanley wondering if 'Victim 4' appreciates it? What an odd thing to ask. </b>

  4. The article was interesting until I started reading the end where it became weird and ridiculous. Arrington’s apology was classy; however, he was under no obligation to determine if the victim was being abused. I can't believe the author wrote the following:" A great quality of a linebacker is to be able to assess the field and take in all that is happening around him quickly and responding. It is a shame that Arrington didn’t carry that field vision with him off the field.
    This whole trial is a sordid mess and bound to get messier. At least, LaVar Arrington had the decency and class to own up his failure. We appreciate that. I wonder if “Victim 4″ does also.

    What failures did he not llive up to. Unless Arrington is a psychic, there is no failure on his part concerning the victim.

  5. Wow! Strong words, counselor!

  6. Gerald Arvay says:

    Umm…what?? The author is assigning blame to this guy??? For what????

  7. Joey McNelis says:

    No, he's asking if "Victim 4" will appreciate what Arrington said, just like the author appreciated it.

  8. Robin Fields Baker says:

    The last paragraph was worded very weird. I really don't think the author meant it the way it sounded. Victim "4" doesn't have to appreciate anything. He after all was the victim. However, I think he will appreciate them putting Sandusky away for good. That I'm sure of.

  9. Yeah, I agree. The last part of the article goes from journalistic reporting to biased opinion. It almost sounds as if Arrington wrote the sentence about "a good linebacker" and the author forgot to put it in quotes. Arrington doesn't owe anyone anything and he certainly didn't fail anyone.

  10. I agree with you. Mr Arrington has nothing to be ashamed of. I believe he just identified with the pain the person had to be experiencing and as with any person who feels compassion for another, felt there was something he could have or should have done, when in reality there was nothing for him to do. The writer of this article is too quick to spread around the blame for what is the actions of one very sick individual. Mr. Arrington has shown that he is a man of compassion and integrity.

  11. what failures is that really?

  12. Don Williams says:

    The way I read it, Arrington saw some monkey business going on but failed to act and now feels guilty abou it.

  13. Alita Torres says:

    Maybe he saw something that "wasn't quite right" and chose to ignore it at the time….I wonder how many others stayed quiet because they did not want to offend someone or be made to feel like an outcast for shining the light on what was a "huge issue" that transpired over many years……I am sad for the children who had their childhoods stolen from them…I pray that they are strong enough to overcome this hideous transgression against them. If this shows us anything, its be aware of your surrroundings and what's going on with your children….these unspeakble acts could be happening to someone near and dear to you….take care of your loved ones!

  14. Matt Dawkins says:

    What an idiotic article.

  15. Swirl says:

    I feel that the players had an idea that something wasn't right. You're in a locker room and the fellas said something. Especially a linebacker who is not playing. He knew something wasn't right. The coach at linebacker U who is the linebacker coach can't get a job after leaving PSU in 1999. Something wasn't right and players felt it. At least he's saying he should have trusted his gut feelings.

  16. Erik Zerebelem says:

    Perhaps Arrington knew that Sandusky showered with children? If I were an adult who knew Sandusky was bringing children into the locker room and plying them with gifts I would be suspicious and concerned about his intentions. All of the adults who knew about Sandusky's shower time with kids should have done something to stop him.

    But tell me what you mean when you say you wonder if Victim 4 also has the class and decency to own up to his own failures? What could possibly be the failures of a raped child?

  17. Will Kennard says:

    Erak Zerebelem … in regards to your last paragraph, Mr. Shepherd was quoting the article… so it wasn't him who said, it was the author if this article. Secondly, the author was NOT wondering if "Victim 4 has the class and decency to own up to his own failures. He was wondering if "Victim 4" appreciated LaVarr Arrington showing class and decency…. context, context, context.

    Nonetheless, I agree with Mr. Shepherd that he didn't have the obligation to investigate something that he most likely knew nothing of. But it was still nice of him to apologize and show that he feels terrible about the whole thing.

  18. Scott Kruh says:

    what arrington was really apologizing for was how he expressed so much suspicion of anyone who said they were abused..he was loudly defending sandusky and paterno, even as evidence was accumulating..until finally he had to admit it..he came across as a complete ass…hence, the (patehetic) apology

  19. You may be right, but the author doesn't specify it the way you read it. Arrington might just presume the existence of monkey business and the notion that there must then have been signs of it to which he was culpably inattentive.

    More cynically, Arrington's agent may well have suggested to him that public presumption of monkey business and signs associated therewith to which he & others ought to have been more attentive, it might be good P.R. to apologize.

    Your take on it isn't ringing true, though. If he HAD seen evidence, I think it more likely he'd either keep his piehole shut or, if in sincere apology, sort of fold in a specific mention of that evidence at some point.

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