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Thursday, November 17, 2011


If there is any more sickening spectacle these days than the Penn State disaster I have yet to see it. The worst thing about it, of course, is Mike McQueary’s supremely pathetic attempts to paint himself as the “good guy” here.

Y’all all know the story, of course. You’d have to be DEAD not to know what’s happened in the last month.

Mr. McQueary was identified as a key witness in the ongoing Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal. Grand jury testimony alleged that Mr. McQueary reported first to his father and then to head coach Joe Paterno that he had witnessed Mr. Sandusky raping a 10 year old boy in a campus locker room; Mr.  McQueary first told his father about the incident, then the next day informed Paterno, and then ten days later informed other university officials. According to investigators, Mr. McQueary did what he was legally required to do, and was not implicated in any wrongdoing. He was criticized for not intervening to protect the boy from Mr. Sandusky, as well as for not reporting the incident to police himself.

On November 11, 2011, Penn State announced Mr. McQueary would not be serving as receivers coach in the final home game of the season due to threats against him. He was put on indefinite paid administrative leave. Later that day, The Patriot-News reported that Mr. McQueary told his receivers in a conference call that he would no longer be their coach.

Well, boo hoo. Excuse me if I don’t feel sorry for this man and his atrocious behaviour. But, WAIT – there’s worse to come.

According to NBC correspondent Peter Alexander, Mr. McQueary states categorically that he didn’t just walk away, as just about everyone who’s heard this story presumes. Mr. Alexander posted an e-mail from Mr. McQueary to his former teammates. In this, McQueary again categorically states that he wasn’t a moral coward:

“I did the right thing…you guys know me…
The truth is not out there fully…I didn’t just turn and run…I made sure it stopped…
I had to make quick tough decisions…
I did stop it, not physically ... but made sure it was stopped when I left that locker room.”

Mr. McQueary also wrote in one of the emails that he sent out to his former teammates and friends, "I did have discussions with police and with the official at the university in charge of police.... no one can imagine my thoughts or wants to be in my shoes for those 30-45 seconds ... trust me." Mike McQueary told CBS's Armen Keteyian that the case has left him, "all over the place -- just kind of shaken ... like a snow globe." Standing on his front porch, Mr. McQueary said he couldn't say much to about the case itself, which has yet to reach trial. "This process has to play out," he told Keteyian. "I don't have anything else to say."

LIAR. Filthy, ROTTEN liar.

In all of this, Mr. McQueary apparently, and by his own admission, didn’t call the police, try to physically stop the rape, or even bother to check and see that the TEN YEAR OLD CHILD was physically OK. He goes on to say that he contacted police as well. The Morning Call, a newspaper in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley, reports they obtained an e-mail Mr. McQueary wrote to a friend in which he claims to have taken more action than the grand jury report suggests. He "did have discussions with police and with the official at the university in charge of police."

LIAR. Filthy, ROTTEN liar.

He didn’t report anything to anybody outside of the Penn State officials except his father.

Mike McQueary did not report his allegations of child sexual abuse against Jerry Sandusky to the State College police department, Chief Tom King said Wednesday. Mr. McQueary, who was a graduate assistant at the time of the alleged incident, did not specify which police department he spoke to. Penn State has its own police force, and administrators are looking into whether Mr. McQueary made contact with that department. According to the grand jury report, Mr. McQueary left the locker room "immediately," was "distraught" and called his father. His father told him to leave the building and come to his home. Mr. McQueary did report the incident to his then-coach Joe Paterno the next day and later met with athletic director Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, vice president for finance and business.

The State College police as well as the Penn State campus police, as I said earlier, are baffled by his claim that he told them about witnessing an alleged rape of a boy in 2002. Mr. McQueary has been at the center of the furor over the sex abuse scandal at the university, in part because the grand jury report states that after seeing Sandusky sexually assault a boy about 10, Mr. McQueary left without doing anything. The report said Mr. McQueary stated that he reported the incident to former head coach Joe Paterno the next day. The VERY next day, after he went boo-hooing to his daddy. The grand jury report also stated that no one at the school alerted police to the incident. It wasn't clear whether Mr. McQueary was referring to the campus police force or the force of the town of State College. Neither department has a record of Mr. McQueary bringing the rape accusation to them. "Right now, we have no record of any police report filed by Mike McQueary," said Lisa Powers, spokesperson for the university, in an email sent to ABC News today. "This is the first we have heard of it." 

Uh-huh. Dedicated spin cycle, anybody?

What’s the most interesting thing about this horrible story is just WHO in Penn State was responsible for telling the police – as well, of course, as Mr. McQueary. Gosh. I was stunned when I read it. The man that was responsible for running the campus police department and who was the official liaison to the town’s police department is none other than the man who was the then senior VP for finance and business: Gary Schultz. Yuppers, one of the men who is now charged with perjury. I guess, IF you want to be charitable, that Mr. McQueary did indeed tell the police. At least, he told the man that was in charge of the police. I guess that doing that would probably fulfill the soubriet "notifying the police."

Unfortunately, I’m not inclined to be charitable. Or polite, or nice, or give this lying SOB the benefit of the doubt. He’s doing the best damage control that he knows how to, because, after this, there is nobody anywhere in the world that is ever going to trust him or give him a job. I don’t just mean the schools, either: NOBODY is going to hire this man to even carry out the trash at a fast-food restaurant. He’s spent almost all of his working career in Academia, which is a very insular and a very sheltered place. He was a big noise at a large, important school, protected by one of the most powerful men in the world. No matter what, “Coach” Joe Pa was going to protect him. Now, he has NOTHING. No job, because Penn State is going to fire him. I don’t see that they’re going to have any choice in the matter. No prospects of any kind of a job, when this is all finished, because a coach or a teacher has just one thing to sell, and that’s her/his spotless reputation as well as her/his teaching skills – and he doesn’t have that any more, either.

I hope that he’s not married, because his family will be suffering right along with him. You know what the worst thing about Mr. McQueary’s personal situation is? I can’t think of anything more awful, at least. He is going to have to live the rest of his life KNOWING in the citadel of his inner-most self that he is a coward. He’s a moral coward, because he didn’t immediately call the police FROM THE LOCKER ROOM and have that monster arrested then and there. He’s a moral coward because he didn’t check on the child to see if he was hurt or needed medical attention. He is a moral and a physical coward because he didn’t physically STOP the rape. He’s now lying about calling the police, which means that he’s a situational ethicist – HIS situation and future were more important to him that the health and well-being of a physically abused little boy.

He’s going to have to live with all of that. For the rest of his life. He’s going to have to live with the sure and certain knowledge that every woman’s and man’s hand will be turned against him, and he’s going to have to live knowing that the scorn and disdain that he gets was well earned and completely deserved. He’s going to have to live with that while he rots in the stink of his own reflections.

I can’t think of a worse punishment.

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