Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno released a statement Wednesday announcing he will retire at the end of the season.More >>
(RNN) – It's not a good time to be Gerry Sandusky. If you thought the spelling of that first name was a typo, you're obviously not a Baltimore sports fan.
The WBAL-TV broadcaster and radio voice of the Baltimore Ravens has the misfortune of bearing a name that is almost identical to Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant coach recently convicted of 45 counts of child sex abuse.
And there are several people who are letting the innocent Sandusky hear about it.
Gerry with a G, as he now calls himself, estimated he has received thousands of angry and often vulgar tweets from people voicing their disgust for the crimes they mistakenly think he committed.
Although the bio on his Twitter page clearly explains that he is in no way connected to the former Penn State coach – a fact made even more obvious by his picture – the backlash still has not stopped.
"It's a whole lot harder than before. I can't wait until I can actually tweet about sports and communication again," Sandusky responded to one supportive tweet.
Some of the more colorful tweets Sandusky has received include people's desire that he get assaulted in prison and that inmates give him the same treatment the other Sandusky was convicted of.
Sandusky has talked about getting cold stares from Ravens players when he boarded a team bus after the story broke last November.
It's natural to think Gerry with a G would show some hint of frustration or maybe consider using his middle name.
But he is sticking to his guns, confident that this will eventually pass over. And aside from distinguishing the difference in the spelling, he is not, repeat, not changing his name.
If anyone is qualified to know how to whether a media storm, it would be Gerry with a G. He is a 30-year veteran of the business and runs a communications consultation company called The Sandusky Group.
He wrote on the website's blog about 20 lessons he has learned from the experience – all of them positive.
The final lesson in the post shows how committed he is to taking the high road.
"Remember that those who came before you left you with a good name," Gerry Sandusky wrote. "Commit to doing the same for those who will come after you."
Copyright 2012 Raycom News Network. All rights reserved.