Philadelphia, PA, United States (4E Sports) – Former Penn State assistant football coach Mike McQueary, a key prosecution witness in the upcoming conspiracy trial of three former university officials accused of covering up Jerry Sandusky’s sexual abuse crimes, admitted to his players during a closed-door meeting that he was sexually abused as a boy.
According to two players who attended the meeting that occurred in November 2011, McQueary confided to them and other Nittany Lions players that he could relate to the boy that he had witnessed being abused by Sandusky because he had the same experience when he was young
McQueary did not tell the players who had abused him or when or how long the abuse had occurred, sources said. The revelation is included in a profile of McQueary published in the upcoming edition of ESPN The Magazine.
The 39-year-old McQueary declined to comment for the magazine story, except to say that he still reveres his mentor, former coach Joe Paterno, who was fired that day in November 2011 and died in January 2012 at the age of 85.
“I love that man more than you can ever possibly say,” McQueary told The Mag. “He’s an unbelievable man. He did unbelievable things. He handled this thing in the best way he could. Was it foolproof or perfect? No. But I didn’t handle this in a foolproof or perfect way either. I am loyal to him to this day. I absolutely love him.”
McQueary was criticized in State College and beyond, including by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, for his decision to leave the locker room without stopping Sandusky
“It made it even more personal for him,” one of the players said.
Prosecutors are expected to call McQueary to testify later this year at the criminal trial of former Penn State president Graham Spanier, former athletic director Tim Curley and former vice president Gary Schultz, who are charged with crimes ranging from conspiracy to failure to report suspected abuse. If convicted, each would face a maximum of 39 years in prison.
All three have pleaded not guilty and say they did not hear from McQueary, either directly or indirectly, in 2001 that he had seen Sandusky sexually assault a boy in the shower.
On June 22, 2012, a jury convicted Sandusky, a retired Penn State defensive coordinator, of 45 of 48 counts of child sexual abuse, and he will serve at least 30 years in state prison. The jury found Sandusky not guilty of three counts, including the alleged rape of “Victim 2,” the boy McQueary said he saw in the shower with Sandusky.
Meanwhile, McQueary has filed a $4 million whistleblower lawsuit against Penn State for expected lost wages after his contract wasn’t renewed in the summer of 2012.
In his complaint, McQueary says he suffered “irreparable harm to his ability to earn a living” because Penn State discriminated against him for providing truthful testimony in the Sandusky case and at the preliminary hearing for Curley and Schultz and because he’ll be a key prosecution witness at the trial of Spanier, Curley and Schultz.
With his experience as a longtime Penn State assistant and recruiting director, McQueary expected that he would become a Division I head coach.
Now he is unemployed and living at his parents’ house in State College. He is separated from his wife, Barbara, who lives in Virginia with their 4-year-old daughter.