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Mike McQueary testifies on Day 2 of Sandusky trial

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Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary was expected to testify during Jerry Sandusky‘s trial… it’s just that no one thought he would take the stand on Day 2. But, in a trial already full of twists and turns, McQueary was called upon early this afternoon following the emotional testimony of alleged Victim 1 (which we’ll have links to later tonight).

McQueary reiterated many of the comments he made in the trial of two PSU administrators — vice president Gary Schultz and athletic director Tim Curley – that ended up in the grand jury indictment of Sandusky that was released last fall, though the largest difference is the change in date. McQueary originally said he saw Sandusky and a young boy in the showers of an on-campus facility in 2002; that alleged incident has since been determined to have happened in 2001.

To read McQueary’s quotes, click HERE (warning: the link contains graphic content).

But what McQueary did once he saw the alleged incident remains a point of interest because it begins the line of communication to PSU administrators. This morning, KDKA in Pittsburgh reported that Schultz, who is facing perjury charges, had a “secret file” of allegations against Sandusky. NBC News reported yesterday that Schultz and former PSU president Graham Spanier exchanged emails in 2001 allegedly saying involving authorities wouldn’t be “humane” to Sandusky.

McQueary’s reported witness to the 2001 incident has also prompted questions about what the assistant coach “should have done.” Additionally, McQueary’s account of the exact incident and his supposed immediate reaction has changed. Here’s what he said today, per the Associated Press:

“I made the loud noise in an attempt to say ‘Someone’s here! Break it up!’” McQueary said, adding that he stepped closer to the opening of the shower room and saw they were separated and facing him directly.

“We looked directly in each other’s eyes and at that time I left the locker room,” and went upstairs to his office, he said.

“It was more than my brain could handle,” he said. “I was making decisions on the fly. I picked up the phone and called my father to get advice from the person I trusted most in my life, because I just saw something ridiculous.”

McQueary added that he went to coach Joe Paterno‘s house the next morning to describe what he had seen, but did not do so explicitly out of what he said was respect for the coach and his own embarrassment.

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14 Responses to “Mike McQueary testifies on Day 2 of Sandusky trial”
  1. jameswestphal says: Jun 12, 2012 6:24 PM

    Mike McQueary, you are not a man. You’re a disgrace and I hope you feel the weight of your failure as a human being for the rest of your life.

  2. jpl9 says: Jun 12, 2012 6:25 PM

    When I first read about the possibility of abuse, I couldn’t believe that McQueary didn’t do more. After reading about his testimony, maybe he thought it had been handled and Jerry had been reformed. Unfortunately if the testimony is to be believed, Victim one wouldn’t have been on the stand. How tragic.

  3. dkhhuey says: Jun 12, 2012 6:47 PM

    @james – I agree! McQueary is a coward who capitalized career-wise and profited financially for his silence in this entire scandal and for that, he deserves every single thing that he receives because of it!!!

  4. ndnut says: Jun 12, 2012 6:53 PM

    Involving authorities isn’t “humane?????????” Humane is for stray animals not rapists who use little boys met through charity work! Sandusky can rot away in a prison cell with minimum security and other murderers and rapists can give him what he dished out before he burns in the hottest fires of Hell!

  5. jpl9 says: Jun 12, 2012 6:55 PM

    McQueary did report it and the powers that be felt it was “humane” to ignore it.
    Should he have done more, well yes but there is a lot of folks who turned a blind eye.

  6. dannythebisforbeast says: Jun 12, 2012 7:20 PM

    Graham spanier who issued he “humane” remark. Was a professor an wrote books on similar subjects where to say the least did not condemn this type of behavior and true to understand an even rationalize it. So of course he was not as sickened and outraged as the rest of us uneducated fools. I still feel paterno got the short end f the stick. So far he was the ONLY one to admit any type of regret or guilt over the whole thing. That includes mcqueary, spanier, Curley, the board of trustees and the scumbag pedophile who needs to end his own life and spare everyone

  7. tomdrum7 says: Jun 12, 2012 9:49 PM

    How sad that Paterno said “I wish I had done more” when in fact he reported everything to the powers above, who turned out to be inept. Here’s a 6′ 4″ physically strong young man who thought slamming a locker was enough rather than calling 911 or punching Jerry’s lights out? At least he could of taken the child outside and waited for police. You had your chance and failed McQueary. How amazing he said today he still wants to coach at PSU. Had this scandal never happened and a new coach came in, do you think you would of been retained anyway? HELLO!

  8. orthomarine says: Jun 12, 2012 10:44 PM

    As a father, this would have never made it to trial

  9. thegonz13 says: Jun 13, 2012 6:37 AM

    I hope this trial ends quickly. The victims have suffered enough!

  10. worldwidebleater says: Jun 13, 2012 7:32 AM

    Some of you need to read more detail of his testimony. “I made sure he knew it was sexual and it was wrong,”. The “he” refers to Joe Pa. McQueary fell short, yes. But largley out of fear and naivete. He gave a report to Shultz as well. Shultz was head of campus police.

    Paterno knew all of the political dynamics and had the authority to make things move. McQueary at least made a freakin’ effort. All Paterno did was cover his own ass.

  11. klasychic1 says: Jun 13, 2012 3:08 PM

    Worlwidebleater!!! I agree wholeheartedly!

  12. iownyou2 says: Jun 13, 2012 3:59 PM

    worldwidebleater says: Jun 13, 2012 7:32 AM

    Some of you need to read more detail of his testimony. “I made sure he knew it was sexual and it was wrong,”. The “he” refers to Joe Pa. McQueary fell short, yes. But largley out of fear and naivete. He gave a report to Shultz as well. Shultz was head of campus police.

    Paterno knew all of the political dynamics and had the authority to make things move. McQueary at least made a freakin’ effort. All Paterno did was cover his own ass.
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    So what you saying is that McQueary WITNESSED this and reported it to Shultz but he was just to scared and naive. But JoePa heard a story and reported to Shultz and Curley but its all his fault??? What kind of fantasy land do you live in.

  13. worldwidebleater says: Jun 13, 2012 6:28 PM

    Paterno was in charge He was obligated to follow up, and if necessary, take it higher.

  14. al91206 says: Jun 13, 2012 9:48 PM

    McQueary is TOTALLY a coward and his need to protect the school, his father, and his career was far more important to him than doing the honorable thing. Didn’t he wonder WHY Sandusky wasn’t arrested or charged with anything? Didn’t he object to working with Sandusky after witnessing such an event?

    Did McQueary do ANYTHING at all, lift ONE finger after he reported it to daddy and some other college “officials”? Answer: NOPE

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