Mike McQueary Reportedly Claims He Was Abused as a Child

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistMarch 4, 2014

STATE COLLEGE, PA - JANUARY 24: Former Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary walks outside after paying respect to former Penn State Football coach Joe Paterno during a public viewing at the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center on the campus of Penn State on January 24, 2012 in State College, Pennsylvania. Paterno, who was 85, died due to complications from lung cancer on January 22, 2012. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Former Penn State assistant football coach Mike McQueary, who played a key role in bringing the Jerry Sandusky scandal to light, reportedly told Penn State players in November 2011 that he was sexually abused as a child.    

In a profile by senior writer Don Van Natta Jr. for an upcoming edition of ESPN The Magazine, sources shared McQuery's revelations:

Mike McQueary confided to a dozen Nittany Lions players that he could relate to the helplessness of the young boy he had seen with Sandusky in a campus shower a decade earlier because he was abused as a boy, according to two players who attended the meeting and four others with knowledge of it. 

The report also says that McQueary "did not tell the players who had abused him or when or how long the abuse had occurred," according to the sources. 

McQueary did not comment on the abuse for ESPN The Magazine, though he did have praise for former Penn State head coach Joe Paterno, calling him "an unbelievable man."

Sandusky was found guilty on 45 of 48 counts of sexual assault in June 2012, less than one year after a grand jury report came out that included testimony from McQueary alleging that he saw Sandusky sexually assaulting a child in the locker room at Penn State. 

McQueary was placed on administrative leave by the university in 2011, subsequently informing the team's wide receivers that he would no longer be their coach, according to David Jones of PennLive.com.

He was also accused by multiple former teammates of being into gambling while at Penn State. The report states he was into poker, NFL and college football bets. One friend recounts a specific example of McQueary betting on a Penn State game via Natta Jr.: 

One close college friend says he recalls that McQueary, as a junior and backup quarterback, bet on Penn State to cover an 8-point spread against Michigan State at Beaver Stadium in November 1996. The Nittany Lions won 32-29 on a late field goal, and McQueary, who was on the bench, lost his wager, the source said.

When McQueary's gambling debts totaled thousands of dollars, his father paid them, several of McQueary's former teammates said.

This is an area the defense will likely focus on against McQueary. 

After he was let go, McQueary filed a whistleblower and defamation lawsuit against Penn State, claiming that former university president Graham Spanier made McQueary's statements look untruthful. 

Van Natta's report says McQueary is expected to be called to testify for the prosecution in the upcoming criminal trial for Spanier, former athletic director Tim Curley and former vice president Gary Schultz, all of whom "are charged with crimes ranging from conspiracy to failure to report suspected abuse."

A deep, dark story that emerged three years ago continues to display new ripples. Based on McQueary's claims, it's not going away anytime soon.