State College, PA, United States (4E Sports) – Former Penn State assistant football coach Mike McQueary filed a whistleblower lawsuit on Tuesday seeking $4 million from the school.
A key witness in the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse trial, McQueary claims he became a scapegoat for the university’s failure to control Sandusky.
The suit, filed in Bellefonte, Pa., also claims McQueary suffered “distress, anguish, humiliation and embarrassment.”
McQueary testified that he witnessed Sandusky having sex with a boy in the locker room when he was a graduate assistant in 2001. McQueary also testified that he reported what he saw to head football coach Joe Paterno and other university officials.
Sandusky was found guilty in 2012 of 45 counts of child sexual abuse.
The amount requested in the lawsuit is based on the fact that his base salary in 2011 was $140,400 plus bonuses and benefits, making his anticipated earnings over the next 25 years at least $4 million.
The amount includes compensation for having his automobile privileges revoked, compensation for early withdrawals from his retirement account, bowl game bonuses from the 2011 season, back pay through Sandusky’s trial, and his legal expenses.
McQueary said he was placed on administrative leave a week after a grand jury determined that university officials made false statements about what McQueary had told them. His contract with the university expired June 30 and was not renewed.