With all the vacated Joe Paterno wins, the last time Penn State won a football game, officially, Mike McQueary was the quarterback. Today he’s suing the school where he made his name for $4 million- which is probably much much more than the victims of Jerry Sandusky will get.
McQueary is seeking whistleblower status and wrongful termination damages. Right now he’s unhirable by pretty much anyone in college football. Although his status as a whistleblower is questionable. Remember, he waited nine days to tell anyone after he told Paterno that he saw Sandusky raping a boy in the shower. Then he waited another nine years to talk again.
McQueary is expected to be a main witness in the case against Graham Spanier and Tim Curley.
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Now here comes the guy who’s been questioned, vilified, dismissed and demeaned, all stemming from the evening of Feb. 9, 2001 when he watched the movie “Rudy,” got inspired to go back to work and watch recruiting tape and instead stumbled upon Jerry Sandusky and a boy, later known as Victim No. 2, in an otherwise empty Penn State coaches shower.
“Frankly,” McQueary said from the witness stand in June at the Sandusky sexual molestation trial that ended in 45 guilty counts, “I want to be a football coach at Penn State University.”
He isn’t, though. He isn’t coaching anywhere. He’s a 37-year-old whose career, the one he once poured himself into, has stalled out. When new coach Bill O’Brien replaced Paterno, every assistant got a chance to interview, the lawsuit alleges, except Mike McQueary.
“I don’t think I’ve done anything wrong to lose that job,” McQueary testified in June.
“Irreparable harm,” the lawsuit states.
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