Penn State Scandal: Why Mike McQueary Interview Should Have Never Aired

Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistNovember 16, 2011

One day after the intense interview with Jerry Sandusky, another prominent figure in the Penn State scandal was asked a few questions, but the public never should have heard it. 

Mike McQueary is the main witness in the case against Sandusky, who was arrested on Nov. 5 on 40 counts for allegedly sexually abusing young boys that he met through his charity, The Second Mile.

CBS hyped an interview with McQueary, and many were hoping it would be as compelling as Sandusky's. After all, the Penn State wide receivers coach has been receiving loads of criticism for his actions in the scandal, and people wanted to hear what he had to say.  

Sandusky was interviewed by Bob Costas of NBC, and if you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it. Check it out here.  

The former Penn State defensive coordinator essentially called McQueary a liar, and once CBS promoted the McQueary interview, the public was hoping for his response on what Sandusky had to say.

Unfortunately, that didn't happen, but rather it felt like a joke the whole time.   

If you're in need of a good laugh, I encourage you to watch the video below. 

CBS should be ashamed for airing that interview because it was a waste of everyone's time. 

After it aired, everyone's emotions were being tossed around—wait for it—like a snow globe. 

It's fair that CBS promoted it as the first time McQueary speaks publicly, but in all honesty, that tape should have been kept to itself. 

The network looked like a fool after that, and the public was not happy. 

Keith Murphy, a sports director at WHO-HD13, tweeted his feelings about the McQueary interview.

It was ridiculous, and it's something we never should have seen.

CNBC's Darren Rovell shared his opinion, and his words were a bit stronger.  

Obviously, people were upset and let down after it the "interview" hit the airwaves, and rightfully so. This is a serious scandal at Penn State, and the public wants answers. 

As the key witness, McQueary knows a lot of information, and he has apparently changed his story about what he saw in the Penn State locker room showers. 

In the grand jury report, it states that McQueary made eye contact with Sandusky and the young boy he was molesting, but then left immediately. It mentions nothing about McQueary trying to stop the incident, but recently he said that he did.

Since that news broke, people figured CBS had the scoop and we would finally learn the truth behind what McQueary saw.  

That didn't happen, and now the network is being bashed beyond control. Bleacher Report's own Richard Langford took to Twitter to voice his thoughts, and he hit the nail on the head. 

CBS could have been saved from all of this turmoil, but instead it went ahead and showed the world what it deemed newsworthy. 

McQueary standing on his front porch denying to talk is not something that people care to see. 

If anything, at least this video left the window open for a crazy auto-tune song. 

Like a snow globe has potential to be a big hit. Perhaps CBS should jump on that one, too. 


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