Clearly former Penn State linebacker Sean Lee has respect for his former college coach Joe Paterno and his alma mater.
But in the wake of the child molestation charges against former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky and Paterno’s announcement on Wednesday he will retire at the end of the season, Lee’s focus was on justice for the victims.
"It's obviously an extremely sad and shocking situation up there,'' Lee said. "You just pray for all of those children. You pray for the victims. Obviously, you pray for the families and you hope that justice is done.
"Then hopefully, once justice is done, Penn State can move on and be the great university is has been. There are a lot of great people up there, and I'm very proud to come from Penn State.''
Lee was the Cowboys second round pick in 2010 after earning all-Big 10 honors as a senior at Penn State, where he played four years under Paterno. Asked about Paterno’s retirement announcement, Lee again turned the attention to the victims and his former teammates who are having to deal with the controversy while getting ready to play a game against the Nebraska on Saturday.
"I'm not really going to speculate on that too much,'' he said. "I don't have too much of a comment on that. I just know it's a tough situation up there right now. You feel for the victims.
"Obviously, I talked to some of my teammates and they're trying to rally that team and trying to get them on track thorugh a tough situation.''
Clarence E. Hill Jr.