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President Obama Supports Penn State's NCAA Punishment

by on August 03, 2012 6:00 AM

In the middle of a political campaign tour through the state of Ohio Thursday, President Barack Obama stopped by Columbus sports talk radio show for an interview.

While covering a wide range of topics, host Mike Ricordati of the "Common Man & The Torg" show on 97.1 The Fan, asked Obama about the Penn State child sex abuse scandal involving Jerry Sandusky, and for his view on the harsh sanctions handed down by the NCAA.

"Does the punishment fit the crime?" Ricordati asked.

"I think it does," Obama said. "I have been a big admirer of Penn State football, obviously Joe Paterno was a great football coach. But there are some things that are just more important than sports, and making sure our kids are safe is more important than sports.

"And I think it was appropriate to send that message that we have bigger priorities here and we've got to make sure that we are always looking after our kids, and we have an affirmative responsibility to make sure that we're preventing predators from taking advantage of them."

To listen to the President's full interview click hereLori Schmidt from 97.1 The Fan contributed to this report.

Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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