The New York Times recently published a report entitled “Rape Case Unfolds on Web and Splits City” on the Steubenville High School rape case. Juliet Macur and Nate Schweber did an outstanding job providing in-depth, jaw-dropping information about the alleged rape of a West Virginia teen by student athletes. The article showcased how this case has divided the Ohio Valley into opinionated factions such as “she deserved it”; “they’re wreckin’ our football program” and the proclamation from some residents that the New York Times is “trashing our town“. No one has to “trash” Steubenville anymore than her own residents are doing. Esteemed members of their community have already done a fantastic job of painting it and themselves in a bad light with their commentary regarding the rape of a young girl. Rape blaming is not only politically incorrect and shows a lack of common decency, but it is also neanderthal and insensitive misogynistic behavior.
Nate Hubbard, who was an assistant coach for Big Red told the New York Times:
“The rape was just an excuse, I think,” said the 27-year-old Hubbard, who is No. 2 on the Big Red’s career rushing list.
“What else are you going to tell your parents when you come home drunk like that and after a night like that?” said Hubbard, who is one of the team’s 19 coaches. “She had to make up something. Now people are trying to blow up our football program because of it.”
Other fine upstanding citizens of football crazed Steubenville took it upon themselves to threaten the victim and her family according to the girl’s mother. She “said her family had received threats, so extra police have been patrolling her neighborhood”. But the coup de grâce to how the world will view Steubenville for years to come was delivered by revered head football coach, Reno Saccoccia. He has coached generations of players at Steubenville Big Red and has won 3 state titles and 85% of his games according to the team’s Web site ROLLREDROLL.com. The football team’s field is aptly named Reno Field after the man who so many speak of as if he is sports deity.
Nearly nose to nose with a reporter, he growled: “You’re going to get yours. And if you don’t get yours, somebody close to you will.”
In sixteen words, Reno Saccoccia managed to sum up what others have been saying about Steubenville, Ohio and that message is they do not care for outsiders and if you meddle in their business you are going to get yours; you will pay and your family will pay. Thank you Mr. Saccoccia for providing the commentary that confirms the question being asked by many: Is it any wonder why one would use an anonymous name online to discuss this case out of fear and retaliation by the Big Red Nation?