Mike McQueary Suing Penn State for Wrongful Termination

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IOctober 2, 2012

Jan 24, 2012; State College, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions former assistant coach Mike McQueary outside of the Pasquerilla Spritual Center. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

Former Penn State receivers coach Mike McQueary is suing the university for wrongful termination, according to Peter Hall of the Morning Call.

Hall tweeted on Tuesday:

Former Penn State assistant football coach Mike McQueary suing university, alleging he was fired for reporting Victim 2 shower assault.

— Peter Hall (@phall215) October 2, 2012


In the lawsuit, McQueary alleges that Penn State fired him for being cooperative with state prosecutors in the Jerry Sandusky case, per the Philadelphia Inquirer.

He said that he only found out about his termination when he watched an interview on TV with Penn State president Rodney Erickson in July.

McQueary testified under a grand jury that he saw Sandusky molesting a young boy in the university showers in 2002. He believes that was the reason he was let go.

The 37-year-old is "seeking millions in damages," claiming that Penn State's treatment of him caused him "much distress, anxiety and embarrassment" after Sandusky was arrested in November, per the Inquirer report.

Penn State is already facing several civil lawsuits from Sandusky's alleged victims. McQueary's suit is just another obstacle as the university attempts to rise from the ashes of a crippling scandal that shook the community and the nation.

The football team has gotten off to a 3-2 start (1-0 Big Ten) this season and is coming off a 35-7 victory over Illinois in Champaign. The Nittany Lions face No. 24 Northwestern on Saturday at home. They have won three straight games since losing their first two against Ohio and Virginia.

Coming into the season, the football program faced the challenge of staying focused on the field after the explosive aftermath of the Sandusky case. McQueary's suit certainly doesn't make things easier in that regard.


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