Jockbod48 saidI'd have charged in there saying something like, Hey, hey, hey - what the FUCK are you doing, buddy?!! Get the god damn Hell off of him!!!
I would have k/o'd the bastard and taken the poor little kid over to get dried off, and get some clothes on. Then, I'd have taken him over to the hospital, and called the campus police / and-or city police dept. Until authorities got there, I'd have tried to counsel the little kid, and assured him that this wasn't his fault - and he's not in trouble, but he should tell the doctor exactly what happened. I'd have found out the name of the perp. and made damn sure the police did as well.
That's what we do if we see a rape taking place. No way in Hell would I have observed a rape, then slipped out of the shower room and then gone home and called Dad to wring my hands and ask him what I should do. What a god dammed wimp.
As great in theory as that is, hitting someone is still against the law, something that many a men on RJ seem to forget.
Their are many acceptable answers, such as calling the police and comforting the kid, or even chasing the old man away, but for some reason we are under the impression that violence is ok.
I dont think that Mike did anything wrong, in fact if he just shut up that would have been wrong. He did tell someone, is it wrong that he didnt follow up and pester? If they were covering the story up and he pushed harder, he would have been fired/name had been smeared all over the industry. Granted, yes, it is a little selfish of him, but at the same time who would have known what the police would have done.
You are talking about a nobody accusing a somebody of a horrid crime. Paterno should have taken charge of the situation, and as he didnt the liability falls on him.