LaVar Arrington Defends Penn State In Facebook Post
Widely recognized as one of the greatest players to ever suit up for the Nittany Lions, former All-American linebacker LaVar Arrington has long been the school’s loudest defender in the public eye. He took to Facebook yesterday to offer a strongly-worded statement on his former school and the man he played under.
In his post, Arrington highlights that whenever he’s asked where he went to college, he already knows what comments will follow. “I felt guilty to be proud of who I am and what I represent as a PSU’er,” Arrington said in his post. He follows up by saying that Penn Staters “do not and should not have to justify ourselves for an isolated wrong doing within our community.”
The overriding theme of the post is one of immense pride, and that Penn Staters should channel that pride to come together in an effort to rid the ill feelings brought on by the scandal. He says that one man’s actions should not tarnish what it means to be a Penn Stater. “I don’t recall being at Beaver Stadium with 100 thousand plus and us (sic) eating hot dogs and popcorn watching these horrible happenings on a Saturday morning or afternoon”
Arrington goes on to defend Joe Paterno and the program, saying the fanbase is not a “cult football community that blindly defends our school,” and that he’s proud to represent the program.
Arrington always wore his heart on his sleeve, a characteristic evident in his defense of his beloved alma mater and its fanbase. You can read Arrington’s post in its entirety here.