They’re Trashin Our Town!!

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 SHSjob 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 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?


They’re Trashin Our Town!! — 6 Comments

  1. Wow, Coach Reno Saccoccia is a disgusting pig. It’s bad enough this towns most revered tried to protect its only claim to fame, it’s HS Foot Ball, by ignoring a crime, or should I say many crimes. For this coach, in this day and age, to say such offensive things about the victim is horrific and inexcusable. But apparently, he is not alone in his thoughts because others actually knew and did nothing thereby violating not only a moral and ethical responsibility, the school board’s rules but perhaps the law.

    I’m sure not every resident of Steubenville, OH is a creep. Many are likely as disgusted as the rest of us and I imagine many are afraid to speak out, fearful of retaliation from those who hold football so dear and are willing to protect it at any cost. The fact a young girl was gang raped by student athletes is one thing, and sadly it happens more often than we as a civilized society would care to admit. To attempt to sweep it under the rug or ignore it is inhumane, uncivilized and teaches those involved its acceptable behavior. To cover it up is unconscionable and perhaps criminal! That the persons aiding in the cover up were educators and coaches is unspeakable.

    I pray the residents of Steubenville will unite and stand up against the atrocities committed by educators and coaches and demand those complicit loose their jobs. I hope they understand that no state championship or NFL hopeful is worth overlooking and attempting to cover up a horrific crime.

    Oh my god people disgust me!
    I take pleasure knowing that God has a special place in HELL for you people and everyone else trying to cover this up!
    And all of the boys’ parents, you are pathetic excuses of human beings and should be ashamed of yourselves! You’re all accomplices to the crime!
    And as for the police department, you are just poor excuses of detectives! DO YOUR DAMN JOB!
    Or else, you’ll have every woman in Ohio, and from outside of Ohio, and I will personally come all the way from Canada to your fucking doorstep and wait until you actually DO SOMETHING!!!!

  3. What kind of ignorant, unfeeling morons raise these rotten people to have so much hatred and contempt for women?

    What if THEIR mothers, wives, and daughters were abused and treated like garbage? Oh, whoops, that’s right, they don’t care,it’s all about football.

    Disgusting town with disgusting people. Shame!

  4. What a bunch of evil scumbags. That coach is a piece of shit and any adults involved should have turned on anyone that tried to excuse that behavior. Fuckin Jocks with their mob mentality are taught to be scumbags by gym teachers that are too stupid to grow up and too cowardly to teach right from wrong. Someone needs to hunt these little scumbags down and show them what it’s like to be bullied.

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