LIFESTYLE — 31 July 2012
Rocket Ismail Says He Was Sexually Abused as a Child, Was Recruited by Sandusky to Play at Penn State

In the wake of the Jerry Sandusky-Penn State situation, many feel compelled to open up about being abused as a child if they have a similar story. We saw that recently with former ESPN personality, Dana Jacobson.

Earlier today, while appearing as a guest on CBS radio in Washington, D.C., former NFLer, Raghib “Rocket” Ismail said that he too was abused as a child, and was recruited by Jerry Sandusky to attend Penn State, before ultimately choosing Notre Dame. Ismail said Sandusky was so kind that he was “saint” like. Now, Rocket being abused as a child and having been recruited by Sandusky aren’t necessarily related. It’s more ironic than anything.

“I was totally shocked. When I was being recruited by Sandusky, Jerry Sandusky was the man who was actually in charge of our recruitment. I thought he was a saint.”


“Well for me, I have experience in being sexually abused when I was a young boy. And any time you have anybody in a position of authority, that has any type of knowledge of that happening, and then not taking the right steps to rectify the situation, and to protect those who they’ve been given authority over, I never look at whatever the judgment is as something that was too lenient or unfair. Because you’re talking about people who trusted you and were defenseless.”

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