Calgary Stampeders quarterback Henry Burris took to Twitter yesterday and seemed to defend former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno for his role in the school’s sex abuse scandal.
Burris’s tweet was quickly challenged by Theoren Fleury, the former NHL star who claimed in his book, Playing With Fire, that he was sexually abuse by his junior coach, Graham James.
Fleury later wrote a post on his blog about his online confrontation with Burris:
When asked by reporters about his back-and-forth with Fleury, Burris said he was only trying to get people talking and “bring light to the situation.”
You can decide for yourself if Burris was just playing devil’s advocate or if he said something he regretted and was forced to backtrack. It doesn’t really matter. This isn’t about Burris.
For that matter, nor is it about Joe Paterno.
Fleury’s life is testament to the damage sexual abuse causes. If we’re going to listen to anyone, it should be him.