AlLord, the Penn State trustee who said he'd lost sympathy for "so-calledvictims" in regard to the Jerry Sandusky sex scandal, has been asked to resign from his position on the university's board of trustees.
After facing public outrage at his comments, Lord said on Wednesdayhe would not seek re-election for the board, adding he did intent to finish his first term. But according to The Chronicle of Higher Education, his fellow board members have since called for his resignation.
"Trustee Al Lord’s remarks about the brave victims of Jerry Sandusky were offensive and embarrassing to the majority of the members of the Penn State Board of Trustees, the university community, and all victims of sexual assault. We strongly condemn them," Ira M. Lubert, the board's chairman,said in a statement. "Members of this board must hold themselves to a higher standard and represent our university with respect for all.
Lord backtracked shortly after making hiscomments, drawing a distinctionbetween the "so-called" and "real"victims of Sandusky.
"Though quoted accurately it was too flippant and caustic; the comment conflates many deeply held sentiments in a sentence too short to reflect accurately my views about victims in this case," Lord said in a statement to Penn State’s student newspaper (via The Chronicle). "This quote was directed specifically at ‘so-called victims.’ It was certainly not intended to offend ‘real victims.’"
Lord'scomments cameafter former Penn State President Graham Spanier wasfound guiltyon March 24 ofone count of child endangermentfor his failure to properly handle complaints of sexual abuse by Sandusky in 2001. Lord, a Spanier supporter, questioned why the "so-called victims" played a prominent role in the former president's hearing.
"Running out of sympathy for 35 yr old (sic), so-called victims with 7-digit net worth," Lordwrotein a March 30 email to The Chronicle. "Do not understand why they were so prominent in trial. As you learned, Graham Spanier never knew Sandusky abused anyone."
Sanduskywas convicted in 2012 on 45 counts related to sexually abusing boys and isserving a 60-year sentence.