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Yep, you got it.  Mike McQueary!  You know, the grown-up (he was in his late 20s) who actually saw Jerry Sandusky having sexual relations with a boy in the Penn State shower.  

Well it turns out that the fact that he didn't report it to the police has caused a significant drop in his career prospects, to the tune of $4,000,000 worth, which he claims now is all Penn State's fault.  From

McQueary, meanwhile, was put on administrative leave, with pay. His contract with the university expired June 30 and was not renewed.

In the suit, McQueary contends that his “employment was terminated in a discriminatory fashion … and that his employment was terminated by the Defendant because of his … cooperation with investigators for the Pennsylvania Attorney General.”

McQueary also claims “discriminatory treatment” by Penn State has caused him “much distress, anxiety and embarrassment.” Further, he says he has been defamed by Curley and Schultz, as well as Spanier (who also denies being told McQueary had seen Sandusky engaging in anything sexual with a boy).

Here this fellow actually witnesses an adult raping a child (this is extremely rare -- there are almost never any third party witnesses to these types of crimes.), yet he does nothing (except report it to Joe Paterno) for eight goddamn years, meanwhile Sandusky continues to commit his crimes.

And oh, boo hoo, Penn State did not renew his contract and only gave him 18 months severance pay.  Yep, there's nothing like having somebody on staff who knows there's a pedophile operating out of your facility and does nothing about it for eight freakin' years.  I can't see how that would ever hurt your career prospects.


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  •  And he is not in jail because? nt (11+ / 0-)

    Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

    by Horace Boothroyd III on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 08:52:14 PM PDT

    •  oh, who knows? Whole thing defies understanding. (7+ / 0-)

      You have exactly 10 seconds to change that look of disgusting pity into one of enormous respect!

      by Cartoon Peril on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 08:57:26 PM PDT

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      •  I know... (5+ / 0-)

        ... you clarified it further down on the page, but McQueary didn't witness a sex act (first paragraph); he witnessed a rape.

        Much different thing.

        He got a paid leave before his contract was renewed.  What's to feel sorry for him about?

        Why wasn't he looking for a different job when he was on paid leave?  He shoulda figured his contract wouldn't be renewed.


        That's what happens when morons think only of football and their image as footballers.

        I've never understood that whole sports culture, regardless of the sport involved.  Sports are something for teenagers to do in high school after school to use up excess energy, but shouldn't be taken seriously after high school.  That's when people are supposed to grow up and act like responsible adults.

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        by NonnyO on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 05:29:53 AM PDT

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        •  McQueary was not a coach. (0+ / 0-)

          Not at the time of the 2001 incident.

          At the time of the incident, McQueary was a graduate assistant with the football program. A student. Getting minimal support money.

          The later cover-up period and the bizarre efforts of the conspirators to find someone else to blame are the issues at hand.

          Defamation of McQueary by Spanier, Schultz and Curley is the main cause for action.

          •  That's not a valid excuse... (1+ / 0-)
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            ... for not marching to the nearest phone and calling the local city police department and/or county sheriff's office - whichever one has legal jurisdiction on Penn State campus (campus police normally don't have arrest powers since they're often kids on work-study - at least that's the way it was on the college campus where my work-study job was as dispatcher for the campus police; they could do things like patrol hallways, escort people, make reports, but if a crime happened, we had to call the local City PD or SO; since we were inside city limits, both departments had jurisdiction on campus).

            McQueary witnessed a crime in progress and did nothing to help the victim (who was a child at the time) or report the crime.  That has nothing whatsoever to do with whether or not he was a coach or a grad assistant/student.

            See a crime in progress?  Call police.  It's that simple.

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            by NonnyO on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 04:58:36 PM PDT

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            •  Read the Freeh Report. (1+ / 0-)
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              Janitors ran into the same situation when they witnessed Sandusky sexually abusing a kid a year before McQueary.

              Call the University police ???

              Go read Freeh. That is the only way you will understand what happened.

              That's 267 pages of stark truth about how totally Paterno and the football culture dominated Penn State.

              He spares no one.

    •  PA AG says because he is still considered a (5+ / 0-)


      But he is crying the blues and alums are not happy with him at all. No one is siding with him and believe me, my Facebook is full of people who supported Paterno and even some who are friends with Tim Curley but none like McQueary ..strange birds but they all hate Mike M.

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      by wishingwell on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 09:04:07 PM PDT

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      •  Anyone who supports Paterno (7+ / 0-)

        is worse than someone who supports this jerkoff.  Paterno was the fucking Don over there, he allowed that shit to go on.

        As for the alums, they should just shut the fuck up for the foreseeable future.  Their school is a mountain of shame right about now.


        by GOPGO2H3LL on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 09:11:12 PM PDT

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        •  Keep in mind, these are State College high (3+ / 0-)

          school and Penn State alums who I knew or know.

          I cannot help who I knew and where I grew up is pretty much how it is with some. I disagree with them all of the time.  

          It is not out of the ordinary for Central PA either...pretty much par for the course. I am used to it.

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          by wishingwell on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 09:15:14 PM PDT

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        •  Ok, I can do that, I am an alum and I will keep (3+ / 0-)

          quiet. As I have too many friends from Penn State who were former athletes there including football players, cheerleaders, and a very close friend is Penn State cheerleading coach.  And also a good friend of mine has a son who plays there and the son is quite outspoken about all of this. I know just too many people there, it is home.. so I will shut up now..I was wrong to comment.

          I should shut up but I wanted to give a background on the strange bird, McQueary, and his equally odd and strange father considering my dad knew them all quite wellw he was alive..strange birds they are.

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          by wishingwell on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 09:19:14 PM PDT

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          •  You can comment all you want. (5+ / 0-)

            I'm referring to the alums who were bitching about the penalties and sanctions.

            Paterno deserves to be disowned.


            by GOPGO2H3LL on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 09:55:25 PM PDT

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          •  Bad mouthing McQueary ??? Shame on you. (0+ / 0-)

            The "strange bird" was Sandusky.

            Paterno and his crew of Sandusky protectors were the "odd" criminals. The guys who put child molesting on the list of acceptable Penn State entertainments.

            Spreading defamatory statements about the McQueary family -- that suggests to me that $4,000,000 ain't half enough to halt the weirdo Joe-worship in Central PA.

            •  No just the opposite actually, McQueary thinks he (1+ / 0-)
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              is a victim.  Granted, he is a whistleblower and I give him credit for that.  But he is not a victim of abuse the way the children were. That is what I object to, Mike painting himself as a victim equal to the kids.

              Talk to people who were at the trial and how Mike conducted himself when on the witness stand.  

              I am just telling you my feelings and those of a few people who have known him for a long time.
              We are not defending Joe because we have negative feelings about McQueary. fact, not at all. One has nothing to do with the other.  

              Some of us go there to raise money for victims of abuse and to hold seminars and participate in conferences on child abuse and reporting suspected child abuse.

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              by wishingwell on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 07:37:57 AM PDT

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    •  Because he reported to state employees (0+ / 0-)

      who had the substantial powers needed carry out exactly the right response:

      1. Not warn Sandusky. Not risk having someone at the campus police operation let the matter slip out, which would then get back to Sandusky.

      2. Bring in the proper law enforcement resources, which would typically be arranged by the State of Pennsylvania's State Police and the Attorney General -- the crime being committed on state property.

      This is not a crime that would be dealt with by calling 911.

      The main claim for damages goes to the defamation by Penn State's organizational apologists -- who lied about McQueary to protect Joe Paterno and themselves.

      There is no reason to believe that Mr. McQueary had knowledge of procedures for reporting a felony committed on state property. He had no reason, legally or practically, to contact the PA Attorney General. Brilliant move, yes.

      In fact, the crime is so unusual that reporting to multiple state managers -- Curley, Schultz, and Spanier -- reflects Mr. McQueary's recognition that an extensive investigation would be required.

      That is what happened eventually. Took hiring Louis Freeh to get the job finished, such was the godlike reverence attached to Paterno. See: Freeh, Sporkin and Sullivan:


      To repeat: that was not a "911" situation. McQueary did exactly the right thing legally, though a personal visit to the Attorney General might have moved the pile forward. Not many guys would see that option.

      •  Actually this was precisely a crime to call 911 (1+ / 0-)
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        He saw a rape of a child IN PROGRESS.  That's an emergency.

        You have exactly 10 seconds to change that look of disgusting pity into one of enormous respect!

        by Cartoon Peril on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 06:40:25 AM PDT

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        •  Your version of what he saw is an (0+ / 0-)

          exaggeration of what he told Joe Paterno and Schultz and Curley. And what he told the prosecutors and Grand Jury and the jury.

          Sexual contact is different from rape.

          You are exaggerating.

          ...he “did not see insertion nor was there any verbiage or protest... 
          Take time and read the Freeh Report. The 267-page long full-load report. Blame goes everywhere and in full -- not a drop of it to McQueary.

          The Penn State PR machine and a portion of the alumni are still trying their damnedest to blame McQueary. Whores and liars.

          Or maybe you want to think that Louis Freeh is lying?

          •  Not to be indelicate, but it seems that there was (0+ / 0-)

            no other possible interpretation other than rape from what McQueary's description had been.  Of course by the time it got to Spanier, that illustrious academic was willing to believe a much watered down version of events.

            To apportion at least some blame to McQueary is not to absolve Spanier, Paterno etc.

            But here is McQueary knowing that Sandusky is an active pedophile, but he never gives any report to the police and apparently isn't the slightest bit curious as to why this never happens.  Meanwhile, his career advances at Penn State -- mayhap even leading to head coach?

            McQueary was in essence bought off and I don't think he was such a fool as not to recognize that.  

            You have exactly 10 seconds to change that look of disgusting pity into one of enormous respect!

            by Cartoon Peril on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 08:06:03 AM PDT

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            •  Gee, Louis Freeh never mentions that. (0+ / 0-)

              Never faults McQueary for supposedly giving a green light to Sandusky. Because he didn't do that.

              The fault is 99,999/100,000 with Paterno, Spanier, and their lackeys in management.

              If you had read Freeh, you would understand that contacting police had already been done in 1998. That the janitors knew that contacting University police would have been useless in stopping what they saw. and they would have been fired.

              Paterno was a god.

              CP, you're lazy. Get over it and read the 267 pages.

  •  He is an asshole of a human being (12+ / 0-)

    for not reporting it to the police.  To be an asshole now, who still doesn't get it, is not a surprise.

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    by lighttheway on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 08:59:14 PM PDT

    •  No-no-no-no-no....... (0+ / 0-)

      "Police" would have been the campus police, who are not the proper law enforcement authority for that crime.

      Also, we're talking a felony on state property that implies a pattern of abuse -- not a "911" situation. This report needed to get to the PA Attorney General -- not one step short.

      McQueary had no reason to suspect that his superiors Curley, Schultz, and Spanier had already entered into a years-long conspiracy along with Joe Paterno that had protected Jerry Sandusky. McQueary is not a paranoid and he had no evidence that would have led him to suspect such a plot.

      Be careful echoing badmouth crap about whistleblowers.

      The real criminals and their criminal institutions generate false attacks every time one of these scandals happens.

      Remember the "Challenger" disaster ??? The Morton Thiokol assaults on the safety engineers? How's about the most of what's floating around about Assange and Manning? Same difference.


  •  He always was a strange bird as my dad knew (5+ / 0-)

    him since he was in Junior High.  If Dad were alive, he would not be shocked at how Mike M ran out of that locker room and called Daddy instead of helping the child as McQueary always was a bit of a flake and wimp.

    Dad however would have cried buckets over a kid he knew since the kid was 9 years old in Little League and that is Mr. Curley. I am glad Dad was not alive to see this as he worked for Tim later in life before retirement and also adored him and his family.

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    by wishingwell on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 09:06:16 PM PDT

    •  ie Dad would have called them all and told them (3+ / 0-)

      off and told them to plead guilty to the coverup and perjury and do their time. That is how Dad was, he believed in doing the right thing and he even advised his own uncle to plead guilty to tax evasion and do his time which the uncle did.

      Dad knew a few of these people all of their lives and he would called them and told them to grow up and be a man and admit their guilt and do their time.

      Dad always told us if we were arrested, he would not bail us out of jail or at least leave us there a few days. Granted Mom would have convinced him otherwise but Dad was big on admitting guilt, honesty and paying a price for actions.

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      by wishingwell on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 09:09:50 PM PDT

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  •  "Waaaahhh!!! it might take me longer (3+ / 0-)
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    to get a book deal and get on Faux News to promote it. Boo-Hoo."
    Fucking Asshole.

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    by rogerdaddy on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 09:07:03 PM PDT

  •  I was advocating a multiyear death penalty (4+ / 0-)
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    for Pedo State, but I have to be a little contrarian here.  I think McQueary did what he thought he needed to do.  Which in no way excuses his failure to stop the horrible act or to follow up after he informed Paterno.

    Given his moral failings, if I were in his shoes, I'd sue those fuckers too, because this cat is pretty much unemployable.


    by GOPGO2H3LL on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 09:09:12 PM PDT

  •  If I ever witnessed someone raping a child (6+ / 0-)

    I really hope I would be the kind of person to stop it right then and there. This guy should have ran into that shower room and rescued that child. The police should have been called at that moment.  

    •  Yep, there was a decision not to report a clear (3+ / 0-)
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      offense against a child.  McQueary didn't just hear about it -- he actually saw it, and yet he goes on as usual, knowing that the police never investigated -- meanwhile, Sandusky continued to commit his crimes.

      You have exactly 10 seconds to change that look of disgusting pity into one of enormous respect!

      by Cartoon Peril on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 09:14:58 PM PDT

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      •  McQueary was told that it was being (0+ / 0-)


        Curley, Schultz, and Spanier lied to McQueary. Repeatedly.

        Their conspiracy had been in operation from at least 1998 based on emails. Three years before McQueary witnessed the one crime in the shower.

        The story from Curley, Schultz, and Spanier to McQueary changed back and forth about what was happening. Of course the investigation took years -- Freeh's team did 430 interviews !!

        In Pennsylvania you would report child sexual abuse to the Department of Public Welfare’s ChildLine. That number is
        (800) 932-0313 -- which McQueary knew nothing about.

        The full report from Freeh is 267 page. The press release is 7. Here's the shortie:


        The conspiracy involved Joe Paterno and it went on for 14 years.

    •  Yep. Running out of that locker room (4+ / 0-)

      was an act of cowardice that should haunt him every waking moment.


      by GOPGO2H3LL on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 09:56:53 PM PDT

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  •  How in the hell can anyone walk away from (8+ / 0-)

    seeing a child being raped? I mean if you don't feel you can physically confront the person and stop the assault how could you not run for the nearest phone and call 911? Who fucking does this? Personally, Joe Paterno got off lucky in my opinion. He should have had to stand trial right alongside Sandusky.

    I hope Mike McQueary lives a miserable, unhappy life. He needs to stop fucking whining and be grateful he's not behind bars with his buddy Jerry.

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    by mindara on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 09:49:12 PM PDT

  •  What a god damn fucking piece of bullshit this (0+ / 0-)

    diary is.  While this guy certainly does not deserve any kind of hero status for his failure to take stronger steps to protect kids, he at least took some god damn steps.  And what has the school's reaction been to his admittedly weak efforts?  Even those inept efforts resulted in his losing his job.  Which simply goes to show how god damn fucking little that god damn school gave a shit about kids.  And now you're focus is in attacking one of the few people who at least gave a fucking tiny thought to the kids in order to  throw attention away from the fucking school and all those in power who had the ability to actually do something?  I don't fucking think so.

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    by gustynpip on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 10:03:59 PM PDT

    •  He did nothing when he knew nothing had (3+ / 0-)

      been done -- for eight years.  In the meanwhile he accepted a promotion and enjoyed a successful career.  Meanwhile kids were being abused right in the same department by a guy whom he knew to be a child molester.  

      Now the fellow is complaining because Penn State didn't renew his contract.  He's lucky Penn State didn't terminate his contract.

      And what a big surprise that he finds it difficult to get another job?  Who would hire him?  Would you?

      You have exactly 10 seconds to change that look of disgusting pity into one of enormous respect!

      by Cartoon Peril on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 12:23:02 AM PDT

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  •  I have very little sympathy for McQueary (1+ / 0-)
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    To an extent, I can understand him being hesitant to report at first.  After all, this is a guy McQueary grew up idolizing, and to see him acting this debauched would be more than a little jarring.

    But when it was obvious this was not being reported, why didn't he go to the police himself?  Inexcusable.

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    by Christian Dem in NC on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 05:57:57 AM PDT

  •  Let us be clear. Louis Freeh blames (1+ / 0-)
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    Messrs. Spanier, Schultz, Paterno and Curley.

    Never Mr. McQueary.

    "Our most saddening and sobering finding is the total disregard for the safety and welfare of Sandusky’s child victims by the most senior leaders at Penn State. The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized. Messrs. Spanier, Schultz, Paterno and Curley never demonstrated, through actions or words, any concern for the safety and well-being of Sandusky’s victims until after Sandusky’s arrest.

    "In critical written correspondence that we uncovered on March 20th of this year, we see evidence of their proposed plan of action in February 2001 that included reporting allegations about Sandusky to the authorities. After Mr. Curley consulted with Mr. Paterno, however, they changed the plan and decided not to make a report to the authorities. Their failure to protect the February 9, 2001 child victim, or make attempts to identify him, created a dangerous situation for other unknown, unsuspecting young boys who were lured to the Penn State campus and football games by Sandusky and victimized repeatedly by him."

    "The evidence shows that these four men also knew about a 1998 criminal investigation of Sandusky relating to suspected sexual misconduct with a young boy in a Penn State football locker room shower. Again, they showed no concern about that victim. The evidence shows that Mr. Paterno was made aware of the 1998 investigation of Sandusky, followed it closely, but failed to take any action, even though Sandusky had been a key member of his coaching staff for almost 30 years, and had an office just steps away from Mr. Paterno’s. At the very least, Mr. Paterno could have alerted the entire football staff, in order to prevent Sandusky from bringing another child into the Lasch Building. Messrs. Spanier, Schultz, Paterno and Curley also failed to alert the Board of Trustees about the 1998 investigation or take any further action against Mr. Sandusky. None of them even spoke to Sandusky about his conduct. In short, nothing was done and Sandusky was allowed to continue with impunity."
    This conspiracy was hatched in 1998 in response to child abuse. Sandusky was allowed to retire in 1999. His predations were supported with Penn State resources on and on and on with full knowledge of Joe Paterno & the administration.

    "Winning is the only thing." Or not.

    Bad mouthing McQueary for not taking the 2001 event to the PA Attorney General -- the only route to prosecution for which he had awareness -- is pitiful.

    Consider 1998 from the Freeh Report:

    Investigation of Sandusky ‐ 1998 

    -- May 4 – 6, 1998: Police Report, Initial Investigation and Psychological Evaluation of the Victim  

    -- May 7 – 9, 1998: A Second Evaluation of the Victim   

    -- May 12 ‐ 19, 1998: Police Overhear Sandusky Admit to Showering with the Victim

    -- Late May 1998: District Attorney’s Decision to Not Prosecute Sandusky  

    -- June 1, 1998: University Police Speak with Sandusky


    A janitor made a similar report in 2000.

    McQueary's statement about 2001 was that he was not sure what was happening. On the record he did not see the kid's cock in Sandusky's mouth. He had not been warned about Sandusky. But he was sure something had happened.

    McQueary's report, despite vagaries in exactly what happened, went in two days to Penn State legal counsel, who is legally an officer of the court and obligated to report such crimes. Look to the events of February 11th and 12th in the Freeh Report.

    The campus cops had screwed the pooch in 1998. Same for the local prosecutor. McQueary thought he was dealing with honest people -- the Penn State administrators and the legal counsel. Instead, from the hand of Louis Freeh:

    "Four  of  the  most  powerful  people  at  The  Pennsylvania  State  University – President  Graham B.  Spanier,  Senior  Vice  President‐Finance  and  Business Gary C. Schultz, Athletic  Director Timothy  M. Curley  and Head  Football  Coach  Joseph V. Paterno – failed to protect against a child sexual predator harming children for over a decade. These men concealed Sandusky’s activities from the Board of Trustees, the University community and authorities. They exhibited a striking lack of empathy for Sandusky’s victims by failing to inquire as to their safety and well‐being, especially by not attempting to determine the identity of the child who Sandusky assaulted in the Lasch Building in 2001. Further, they exposed this child to additional harm by alerting Sandusky, who was the only one who knew the child’s identity, of what McQueary saw in the shower on the night of February 9, 2001."
    Spanier, Schultz and Curley were active co-conspirators with Sandusky. With the passive Joe Paterno not much better.

    These are the bastards who warned Sandusky in 2001.

    So the Penn state apologists, today, would have you misdirected to badmouthing McQueary. They would make you their fool.

    •  Wendell Courtney is the attorney (1+ / 0-)
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      who was called in by Penn State. He had the legal responsibility to make the report of a possible child sexual abuse crime.

      For some reason this guy gets off light in the press coverage. and in the Freeh Report. The child was at risk, obviously, which negates any and all client-attorney privilege restraints on action. Courtney, Esq., supported a "what are we going to do" conspiracy.

      Why was he not disciplined by the Penn Bar ??? Why no complaint?

      He could have stopped Sandusky with one word.

  •  Bunch of dog kickers here (1+ / 0-)
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    Go ahead and unload on McQueary, I'm sure it makes you feel better.  

    And if you should ever come home to find your house broken in and vandalized, don't blame the police for not patrolling your neighborhood, don't blame your home security service, don't blame the neighbors for not noticing something,  just go in the backyard and start kicking the dog.

    •  Not at all. McQueary is complaining that Penn (0+ / 0-)

      State improperly refused to renew his contract.  I am suggesting that excellent reasons existed not to renew McQueary's contract, and further, that if McQueary's reputation is so damaged so that his future career in football coaching appears cloudy, that it is McQueary's own fault and not that of other people.

      You have exactly 10 seconds to change that look of disgusting pity into one of enormous respect!

      by Cartoon Peril on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 08:11:24 AM PDT

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