Mike McQueary Is Perfect Scapegoat in Jerry Sandusky Scandal

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistNovember 9, 2011

STATE COLLEGE, PA - SEPTEMBER 12:  Assistant coach Mike McQueary of the Penn State Nittany Lions walks the sidelines against  the Syracuse Orangemen during the second half at Beaver Stadium  September 12, 2009 in State College, Pennsylvania. Penn State won 28-7. (Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images)
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The Penn State child sex scandal falls almost entirely on the shoulders of a rogue degenerate named Jerry Sandusky, but others will have to answer the questions left by the alleged rapist.

One of the new targets of the media attention besides Joe Paterno has been assistant coach Mike McQueary.

The reason McQueary is being talked about is because he was the first one to catch Sandusky in the act of sexual intercourse with a child.

At 28 years old, the first thing McQueary thought to do was run away and go home instead of standing up against what he knew what was wrong.

All of the abuse could have stopped right there if McQueary just had the guts to call the police and have Sandusky caught red-handed.

Instead, the graduate assistant ran to his father first and then to head coach Joe Paterno. It’s at this point that Paterno turned all of the information over to the university athletic director, just as the law dictates.

From Paterno’s point of view, he allegedly had a 28-year-old graduate assistant telling him that one of his former coaches had sex with a child. He took the matter serious enough to report it to the proper authorities, per the rule book, but the problem could have been avoided in its entirety if McQueary ends it right there in the shower.

To say that a bit of skepticism from Paterno isn’t natural is naive, especially when the man accused runs a program for the betterment of troubled children.

Hindsight is always 20-20, and while the writing on the wall is very clear now, it’s hard to imagine that any human being could have the capability to take part in such heinous crimes.

ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 1: Head coach Joe Paterno of the Penn State Nittany Lions talks with offensive assistant coach Mike McQueary during the 2010 Capital One Bowl against the LSU Tigers at the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium on January 1, 2010 in Orlando, Fl
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So with Paterno not to blame as much as people have shoveled on him, people should be focusing on McQueary and the fact that he did not report a crime.

While Paterno was just acting on one person’s comments, McQueary saw the crime unfolding and didn’t act in the proper manner fitting to the crime.

I have to agree with Penn State alumni LaVar Arrington when he says as a human being, you just can’t let what Sandusky was doing go down in front of you without acting out against it.

It is exactly what it looks like, and come hell or high water, McQueary should have called the police immediately at the very least. Most people would have beat the mess out of Sandusky right then and there, but the least you should do is call the police.

While McQueary was in the wrong, he did nothing close to what Sandusky did. Still, he has to be held liable for his lack of action.


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