Many people were thrown off when it was reported that Penn State coach Mike McQueary told former teammates in an email that he had stopped the Jerry Sandusky alleged anal rape in 2002. He also reportedly said in the email that he did talk to police (separate from head of campus police, Gary Schultz). It’s hard to know what to make of that news.
Is the email incorrect? Is the grand jury presentment leaving out information? Hopefully it’s information we’ll soon find out. Now here’s something else to add. McQueary reportedly attended a fund raiser for Jerry Sandusky’s charity — The Second Mile — in 2002 and 2003.
Sports by Brooks has been all over this story since the day the grand jury presentment became public. He tweeted on Tuesday that “McQueary played in Sandusky’s annual golf outing in June 2002 AND 2003.”
The Patriot-News cites a 2003 article published in the Centre Daily Times that confirms McQueary attended the 2003 charity golf event.
You can go one of two ways on this. You can take the denial approach and say this corroborates the story that Jerry Sandusky was just horsing around in the shower. Would Mike McQueary really be able to hang out with Jerry Sandusky at a children’s charity event after witnessing him anal rape a young boy?
Or, you can view this as a sign of McQueary being embedded in the cover-up.
McQueary may have stopped the anal rape and told Joe Paterno, Tim Curley, and Gary Schultz about it, but he continued to go with the flow because he did not want to jeopardize his coaching future at Penn State. If you believe this scenario, then McQueary is not a whistleblower, but another enabler who cared more about himself and Penn State than children being abused.
What do you take this piece of information to mean?
More on the Penn State Scandal:
Ex-Penn State Assistant: Joe Paterno Knows Everything
Mike McQueary Says He Stopped Sodomy, Did the Right Thing
Barry Switzer: Penn State Coaches Had to Know About Jerry Sandusky
Why Did Campus Police Director Call Off ’98 Jerry Sandusky Investigation?
Jerry Sandusky’s 1999 Retirement: Evidence Suggests He Was Forced Out