Thursday, November 17th, 2011 at 9:30 am  |  7 responses

John Amaechi Wants to Aid Penn State Through Scandal

Former NBA player John Amaechi, a Penn State alum who has been very vocal since the school’s horrific sexual assault scandal erupted, is looking to offer his school a bit of help and guidance. From SI: “On the other side of the Atlantic, 3,500 miles from State College, Pa., a very tall Penn State alum tries to make some sense of this contemporary Greek tragedy. Like so many, his emotions whipsaw. He is devastated for the alleged victims. He is disappointed by how his school handled this from the outset — whenever that may have been. Based in Manchester, England, former NBA player John Amaechi is a speaker, author, commentator and activist. But he works primarily as an organizational psychologist. ‘I work to help organizations that have a dysfunctional culture or climate, to help organizations with unhealthy focuses and help get them refocused,’ he says. So, yes, he says, he would love to be involved with Penn State. He’s reached out to Penn State administrators several times, offering his services. He still awaits a response. Amaechi graduated from Penn State in 1995. He was the star center on the basketball team and an Academic All-America and he wants to stress this point first: He loves his school. He is not another ‘Penn Stater Hater,’ the new phrase in heavy rotation on various message boards. ‘I will never forget or regret going to Penn State,’ he says. ‘I have great affinity for a place that helped me become who I am. The lessons I learned, the professors I got to learn from — it was remarkable.’”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/farmer-jones/ Ryan Jones

    Nobody say anything ignorant here, okay? Thanks.

  • jimmythesaint67

    yeah exACTLY, RJ! that’s what’s needed .. Get there, Meech. Anyone who can wind up Jerry Sloan into a rant about educated players/black men needs to be heard properly. And he’s in the Hall of Fame for first points scored in 2000AD! #Propers

  • bike

    Uh, John, no offense here…but you might want to wait a bit before wading into this churning urn.

  • http://slamonline.com YKnoT

    Dang it Ryan I had like 5 jokes lined up for this 1!!!!

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I knew Ryan Jones would be lurking on this one…

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Little known fact- John Amaechi scored the first 2 NBA points in this millenium..

  • bike

    I am trying to picture what a face to face meeting between John Amaechi and Joe Paterno would be like. Something tells me during the course of the conversation, Joe would say something John would consider offensive.