The difference between a G and a J has never seemed quite so significant.
Ravens radio play-by-play man Gerry Sandusky is learning that right now as he deals with attacks on Twitter because he is being confused with convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky. Jerry Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant coach, was convicted on 45 counts of sexual abuse last Friday and that’s set off a steady stream of vitriol directed at Gerry Sandusky, who is not related to the other Sandusky.
Gerry Sandusky has been called a pervert, told to rot in hell and dealt with all other manners of negative spew despite having a Twitter bio that is devoted to pointing out the difference in their names and their lack of any actual association. His Twitter feed is filled with pleas to notice the difference in their names and requests to rethink the desire to see him burn in Hades as well as a sign that he hasn’t lost his sense of humor passed along via FoxSports.com.
I feel like a Geico commercial. In the time it takes you to send me a hate tweet, you could read my bio and see that I'm not related.—
Gerry Sandusky (@GerrySandusky) June 28, 2012
One day after a major cable news network embarrassed itself by not reading past the first line of a Supreme Court decision, this stands as another reminder that there’s no excuse for not taking a little extra time to make sure you’re getting things right. Let’s also use this space to assure any other misguided souls out there that the residents of Sandusky, Ohio did not change the name of their town to signify solidarity with a man who should spend the rest of his life in prison.