The case against Mike McQueary

Joe Paterno is not the only person who will not be on the sidelines Saturday when Penn State meets Nebraska Saturday at Beaver Stadium.

Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary also will be among the missing. He won’t be up in the box either. That’s probably a good thing. But the reason he will not be there is not.

McQueary is the key figure in the child sexual abuse case that has torn Happy Valley asunder. In 2002, he says he witnessed former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky sexually abusing a 10-year-old boy in the shower.

McQueary did not intervene. He called his dad. The next day he informed Paterno. Exactly how he described the incident to Paterno is now the central issue in the case.

Two school officials have been charged with perjury and failing to report a crime. Paterno, the legendary head coach who has won more games than any other coach in Division I history, has been unceremoniously bounced out on his ear.

A public uproar proclaimed that the coach simply did not do enough when informed of the incident, instead merely passing it along up the chain of command to his athletic director.

If outrage is what developed around Paterno’s inaction, what can only be described as “scorn” has been reserved for McQueary.

This one is pretty simple. How can a grown man witness what McQueary says he saw and not intervene to help that child?

Forget going to the police. How about going into that shower, punching Sandusky’s lights out and getting that child out of there.

Late last night Penn State announced McQueary would not be with the team on Saturday.

And the reason is just as troubling as much of the rest of this sordid case.

The school says McQueary has been the target of multiple “threats.”

Enough is enough. Regardless of your opinion of what McQueary did or did not do, he does not deserve to be threatened.

He faces a very long, rough road in the coming possible trials of of those two Penn State execs as well as Sandusky.

He very well could be eviscerated on cross-examination.

More than that, I would wonder how he can go to sleep each night without seeing that little boy’s face.

But he does not deserve threats. That crosses into the same kind of illegal actions that we’ve seen all too much of in this case.

By once respected coaches. By misguided students upset that their beloved JoePa was kicked to the curb so unceremoniously.

Gov. Tom Corbett chided students that they should knock off the violence, reminding them that the eyes of the nation are now on Penn State, and the actions of a few are giving a distorted view of the campus.

Veiled threats against someone whose judgment and character you question isn’t much better.


Anonymous said…
I totally agree. How many children's lives were ruined in an attempt to protect the legacy of a football program? Apparently morals and ethics are not part of the curriculum at Penn State. Protecting their 2 billion in annual fund raising was more important than protecting children. Even if exonerated by the courts they will be judged by their creator.