NEW YORK — “Fox & Friends” hosts Steve Doocy and Elizabeth Hasselbeck criticized Penn State’s agreement to pay 26 victims of former assistant coach and convicted sex offender Jerry Sandusky $59.7 million, calling the settlement “unearned handouts” and “money for nothing.”
“We’re seeing more and more of this victim mentality in America,” said Doocy on the settlement. “60 million dollars for 26 victims of sexual assault comes out to just under 2.3 million per victim. 2.3 million dollars just for being sexually abused? It’s excessive and embarrassing.”
Sandusky, who was convicted in 2012 of molesting dozens of young boys over a 15-year period, worked as an assistant coach for the Penn State football program for over 30 years. The school has been widely criticized for their mishandling of the facts surrounding Sandusky’s crimes.
“You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to follow the money on this one, Steve,” Hasselbeck agreed. “Obviously Sandusky’s victims decided to ride the gravy train, courtesy of the media. It’s unbelievable. No victim of sexual assault should receive more than half a million dollars at the absolute most.”
“Can you imagine if the Catholic Church was forced to pay out that amount of money to every kid that was abused under its watch? My God, it would have to declare bankruptcy,” Hasselbeck said. “I’m not one to start blaming victims, but I think it’s clear that these particular ones were part of the infamous 47 percent of American society that’s uninterested in working.”
“The real tragedy here is that now the Penn State football program—a vibrant economic power—is taking even more of a beating. A 73 million dollar fine from the NCAA and the Big Ten, as well as four-year postseason ban wasn’t a big enough penalty? What is our country’s obsession with punishing job creators?” said co-anchor Brian Kilmeade.
“I know some viewers will get mad at me bringing the president into this—and sure, on this particular case it doesn’t appear he was involved—but this entitlement culture, this feeling of being owed something, this obsession with lawsuits and payouts? We can thank the left and their allies for that,” Hasselbeck asserted.
“I’m not saying what happened to the victims here wasn’t terrible, but enough money to stop working for a few years? This simply isn’t right,” Doocy concluded. “Best-case scenario now, these people are going to be looking for some type of government handout for the rest of their lives.”