July 25, 2009; Pittsford, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills cornerback Lydell Sargeant (40) waits for the play at the Bills opening day of training camp. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-US PRESSWIRE

Facebook Post From Lydell Sargeant

This was just shared with me and I wanted to pass it along. Former Penn State defensive back Lydell Sargeant took offense to one small detail from this morning’s press conference:
“I didn’t necessarily want to come on here with all the commotion that this story has created. However there is one thing I want to reiterate, and while I am thoroughly upset with all of today’s events, especially the vacating of wins won by ” team” play. I am not naive to the other side of the argument, do not take any blame from Joe Paterno, and am aware the punishments handed down can be perceived as good or bad. But there is one thing that I am certain of. Dr. Mark Emmert’s comments regarding the value inequality of football in comparison to other essential student-athlete responsibilities like academics, including the culture in which Penn State football created is off-based. Let it be known Penn State football’s graduation rate and academic success record, rivals that of ivy league institutions and is in a league of its own when it pertains to Division 1 football program’s academic success (#1 in Academic BCS, tied #1 graduation rate along with Stanford)(Associated Press). The culture that some disturbed authorities may have created or had people to perceive existed. That culture and those ADULTS are not the program culture that the football letterman of past and present created. This false illustration is far from the respectful, success with honor, well presentable, hard working program that all former and current players continue to stand for. One thing that all Penn State letterman can be proud off is their hats-off approach as student athletes to never put sport before academics and their ability to have the morals, values, and integrity to create a positive culture, football program, and example for thousands of student athletes across the country.  –  Lydell Sargeant

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