Battle Over Penn State Fine
Governor Tom Corbett said the $60 million Penn State fine needs to stay in Pennsylvania.
That is money Penn State was fined by the NCAA after the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
The money is earmarked for child abuse prevention efforts, but NCAA officials have challenged Governor Corbett, asking a federal judge to throw out the law he signed requiring the money to stay in Pennsylvania.
NCAA officials want the money to go to other states too.
Diane Yaddow works for a victim’s intervention program in Honesdale.
“They should leave it in Pennsylvania to help the victims that are here and the other victims that have not come forward yet. It should definitely stay in Pennsylvania to help all victims of sexual assault and violence,” said Yaddow.
Newswatch 16 spoke to people about the debate and everyone the News Station spoke with said the same thing: Keep the money here.
“I think the money should go to Pennsylvania, it should go to the victims, it should go to the VIP programs and helping people out who have been victims of abuse, sexual abuse and stuff,” said William Cox of Honesdale.
“The money should stay here, this is where it all happened, this is where it should stay,” said Terry Koebel of Greentown.
Some said the fight between the NCAA and Corbett disgusts them.
In the end, they said the fine is the result of Sandusky abusing young boys for years.
“There shouldn’t even be a fight because it’s not, they didn’t have to go through the trauma, they didn’t have to deal with any of that that happened. It feels like they’re just digging their hands in and trying to get money for themselves,” said Linda Heath of Forest City.
NCAA officials said Corbett’s law is unconstitutional, by demanding state officials collect money the state is not entitled to.
They said the state has no right to interfere in an agreement made between the NCAA and Penn State.
“I disagree on that. I think they’re kind of maybe crooked, the NCAA, from stories I’ve heard. No, right here in Pennsylvania,” said Tom Koebel of Greentown.