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Lawsuit shows Mike McQueary seeking $4 million from Penn State

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Back in May, John noted that former Penn State assistant football coach Mike McQueary planned on filing a whistleblower lawsuit against Penn State over his treatment in the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

That suit, which can be seen HERE, has been filed officially and covers three counts: whistleblower, defamation and misrepresentation. He is asking for $4 million from Penn State (calculated future earnings as a coach) plus punitive damages, for what is described as “distress, anxiety, humiliation and embarrassment.”

“[Penn State president Graham] Spanier’s statements have irreparably harmed (McQueary’s) reputation for honesty and integrity, and have irreparably harmed (his) ability to earn a living, especially in his chosen profession of coaching football,” the lawsuit says. McQueary’s contract with PSU was not renewed following the scandal.

University spokesperson Dave La Torre declined to comment to the Associated Press.

McQueary played a central role in the indictment of Sandusky, a longtime PSU defensive coordinator who was found guilty of 45 counts of child-sex abuse over the summer. According to a Grand Jury testimony, McQueary, a graduate assistant at the time, saw Sandusky in the showers of the Lasch football facilities building on the PSU campus with a young boy back in 2001. Exactly what McQueary saw still remains a point of discussion, but it was believed to be of a sexual nature.

McQueary then reported what he saw to former coach Joe Paterno, who in turn informed athletic director Tim Curley and former VP Gary Schultz. Curley and Schultz are facing perjury charges stemming from their involvement in the Sandusky scandal.

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37 Responses to “Lawsuit shows Mike McQueary seeking $4 million from Penn State”
  1. kozbee says: Oct 2, 2012 7:03 PM

    Mike you may as well sue everyone else is,imo you should of went for a cool 10 million.

  2. tigersgeaux says: Oct 2, 2012 7:12 PM

    Didn’t Penn State hire a new head football coach? Doesn’t that new football coach have a right and a responsibility to bring in his own assistants and staff?

    I must have missed something.

  3. kozbee says: Oct 2, 2012 7:17 PM

    Yes he does have the right to bring in his own coaches but seems Penn st already owns his butt to.

  4. th56 says: Oct 2, 2012 7:25 PM

    A man who does nothing and walks away from a child being raped, says his reputation has been harmed?

  5. dannythebisforbeast says: Oct 2, 2012 7:36 PM

    Wouldn’t quite call you a whistleblower Mike. A whistleblower would have blown the whistle once he realized what he told his superiors and saw no action. If anything you were rewarded for going along with the status quo. Once the news came out you were removed for your own safety and obviously cat was out of the bag so they didnt need to keep you employed

  6. ningenito78 says: Oct 2, 2012 7:38 PM

    I wish somebody would beat the piss out of Mike McQueary.

  7. frug says: Oct 2, 2012 7:51 PM

    @tigersgeaux

    That’s what I was wondering about. McQueary wasn’t fired by school; he was placed on paid leave until his contract expired during the summer.

    There is probably more to this story than we know about, but based on what has been reported it seems tough for McQueary to claim he suffered any sort of discrimination/retaliation.

  8. mgmac says: Oct 2, 2012 8:43 PM

    is mcqueery or jay paterno coaching this year? if yes, where?

  9. ebb5000 says: Oct 2, 2012 9:01 PM

    his story has changed 9 million times, and he wasn’t the most upstanding citizen before these alligations came out. He would step out on his wife with female student athletes.

  10. vincentbojackson says: Oct 2, 2012 9:13 PM

    The best move this guy ever made was moving to Cincinnati and changing his name to Andy Dalton.

  11. hemelgarb says: Oct 2, 2012 9:22 PM

    kozbee should of went to skool!

  12. dannythebisforbeast says: Oct 2, 2012 9:51 PM

    Hahhaha Bo knows McQueary jokes!

  13. dannythebisforbeast says: Oct 2, 2012 9:54 PM

    Contract not renewed. The end.

    I’m guessing he made 200k a year so basically he thinks he should have been guaranteed 20 years coaching. Seems like a reach. although I can’t argue he definitely should feel humiliated and embarrassed

  14. clemsonstillsucks says: Oct 2, 2012 10:29 PM

    Had this (or any of the other) sorry sack(s) of $hit gone to the cops I might have a different opinion.

    But since none of them appeared to have…they are each reaping what they have sown. With any luck there is a Hell and they will all wind up there with their own personal Sandusky (that MFer included).

  15. drpompanoduke says: Oct 2, 2012 10:38 PM

    Mmm what is he actually qualified to do? He sucked at coaching, failed to protect little boys, got to keep his coaching job by staying silent and now he says he was a victim. He needs 20 years in Jesuit school re-learning right from wrong.

  16. frug says: Oct 3, 2012 1:04 AM

    He needs 20 years in Jesuit school re-learning right from wrong.

    Yeah, because the Catholic Church would never cover the sexual assault of children…

  17. tommy57 says: Oct 3, 2012 1:19 AM

    To me, this represents the core of the issue surrounding the Sandusky crimes. McQueary witnessed it and reported it. Then what? Then nothing. Subsequent Sandusky victims probably wish McQueary was more like the heroes we see in films (and sometimes in real life) who simply will not rest until corrective action is taken. But he didn’t; neither did Joe Paterno, who reported ‘something’ to Curley/Spanier and then…did nothing. Was their collective inaction a deliberate attempt to protect the lucrative football program (as many believe) or was it just ineptitude on the part of men who’s intellectual capacity does not/did not extend much beyond the sports world. I’m sure the answer doesn’t matter to the victims, but to fully understand how it happened and to make absolutely sure it never, ever happens again, anywhere, it would be useful to be sure of the circumstances. I’m not confident the Freeh report gives us the tools or information to arrive at an accurate or at least a comprehensive conclusion.

  18. blackdonnelly says: Oct 3, 2012 3:51 AM

    McQuery, just like the rest of those motherless humps, didn’t bother to follow up on his report. Common sense, especially regarding sick, sick acts like those brought out, pretty much dictates that if nothing else, make sure your allegations are properly reported and escalated. No one within the Penn State program did that until it was way too late. Everyone involved, including Joe Pa, didn’t bother to take a closer look at what had happened – found it best to sweep it all under the rug in the interest of protecting said program. And now they all must pay.

    As for McQuery, all he’s looking for is a payday. I doubt he’ll see one.

  19. blackdonnelly says: Oct 3, 2012 3:55 AM

    Well, maybe not Joe Pa – he’s busy explaining to an unknown, unseen Deity his actions in all this (LOL)

  20. bobzilla1001 says: Oct 3, 2012 6:17 AM

    McQueary is a liar. He saw nothing. He’s a psycho who craves attention.
    To think that this punk helped to bring down a legendary coach and an entire football program without any substantial evidence and only on heresay is disturbing.

  21. florida727 says: Oct 3, 2012 8:18 AM

    He is asking for $4 million from Penn State (calculated future earnings as a coach) plus punitive damages, for what is described as “distress, anxiety, humiliation and embarrassment.”

    ——————————————————-

    Look at the precise wording, and remember that to win a lawsuit you need to PROVE damages have been incurred by you AND the fault for you incurring those damages were specifically caused by an adverse party.

    McQueary’s challenge in winning this suit is PROVING that he’d been harmed, and that his future earnings were impacted. As a previous post stated, when a new coach comes in, it’s common the old staff loses their respective jobs. If O’Brien was hired and then McQueary was formally let go, that’s consistent with normal football staff operations. O’Brien was under no obligation to retain him.

    I doubt this suit will ever make it to trial. He’s asking for $4 million, which means he’d settle for $2M. The school will quietly pay it, because they can and in the process avoid more negative publicity, and McQueary will be required to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) barring him from publicly discussing the settlement terms.

    Bottom line: neither side wants a trial. Penn State from a publicity perspective, McQueary from a questionable-case-to-prevail standpoint.

  22. dmvtransplant says: Oct 3, 2012 9:03 AM

    @ mgmac

    McQueary is unemployed & Jay Paterno ironically is a member of the media now writing for a small paper/website in the State College area.

    I doubt either will coach again ever.

  23. maddog111 says: Oct 3, 2012 9:10 AM

    bobzilla1001 says:
    Oct 3, 2012 6:17 AM
    McQueary is a liar. He saw nothing. He’s a psycho who craves attention.
    To think that this punk helped to bring down a legendary coach and an entire football program without any substantial evidence and only on heresay is disturbing.
    ———————————————–
    I don’t know, but to me, seeing a 50 year old man anally raping a 10 year old boy seems like substantial evidence.

  24. dg0122 says: Oct 3, 2012 9:58 AM

    whistleblower? maybe it was a dog whistle because it wasnt heard by many people…

  25. houndofthebaskervols says: Oct 3, 2012 11:59 AM

    I would say $4Mil was fair except for one thing….Mike McQueary and his ever-changing story is the biggest variable in this whole affair. I’m not suggesting he should have beat the crap out of Sandusky, but if he had told Paterno what he actually saw, this whole thing might have had a different outcome.

  26. righton989 says: Oct 3, 2012 12:02 PM

    Courageous Mike Queery can always sell Jerry’s exclusive line of shower gear.

  27. metalhead65 says: Oct 3, 2012 12:45 PM

    this guy should be in a cell with sandusky! you see a child being raped and you slam a locker and then call your dad? you tell your boss and then look the other way when nothing happens? it would not have had anything to do with you becoming a paid coach now would it? you do not say another word about it for the next 10 years or so and now you want to sue when your cushy job ends? you are a low life scum bag same as sandusky!

  28. dexterismyhero says: Oct 3, 2012 1:22 PM

    “distress, anxiety, humiliation and embarrassment.”

    Is that what you felt when Sandusky was raping the 10 year old in the shower? You should have beat the crap out of him right then and there. Then called the cops. Then notified Paterno and the administration.

    Then went home and told your Dad what you did.

    You should feel humiliation for the rest of your life for not doing ANYTHING that day!!!

  29. dkhhuey says: Oct 3, 2012 1:35 PM

    Let’s see Mike – you got a brand new coaching position with a nice fat salary to turn your head, close your eyes, and shut your mouth about the fact that you saw Sandusky anally raping a child in the showers. When exactly did you blow a whistle, outside the football field? You were forced to testify – you did not volunteer any details to anybody outside the PSU family. You sir, are a coward, not a whistle blower, and you deserve to be treated like a coward, not rewarded with millions for keeping your mouth shut.

  30. 1stbaseman44 says: Oct 3, 2012 1:41 PM

    call your daddy. you punk ass bitch let a child get raped and you want 4 mil.
    hell has a nice place for you and jerry

  31. ajarkoski says: Oct 3, 2012 3:31 PM

    Just walk away you fool. Does he really want to be disliked by everyone? However that kid was who he witnessed being attacked should in turn sue his butt. Yes, he should be humiliated. Sure, he is the victim. Not a wise move.

  32. stairwayto7 says: Oct 3, 2012 4:50 PM

    This moron does NOTHING when a kid is raped and wants paid? He put the blame on a 70+ year old head coach who SAW NOTHING!

  33. bobzilla1001 says: Oct 3, 2012 6:18 PM

    maddog:
    McQueary has changed his story NUMEROUS times. He supposedly texted a friend shortly after Paterno’s death and said he saw nothing. He told the grand jury that he saw a rape. He told Paterno he saw Sandusky “horsing around” with a kid in the shower.”
    Obviously, your mind is made up.
    Meanwhile, for those us who aren’t easily fooled, we prefer to wait until actual proof is presented. So far, that hasn’t happened.
    I know that if I had actually WITNESSED a 50-year-old man having his way sexually with a 10-year-old kid, I’m pretty sure I would have done more than nothing, which is exactly what McQueary did.
    He did nothing.
    Because he saw nothing.

  34. maddog111 says: Oct 4, 2012 8:16 AM

    bobzilla1001 says:
    Oct 3, 2012 6:18 PM
    maddog:
    McQueary has changed his story NUMEROUS times. He supposedly texted a friend shortly after Paterno’s death and said he saw nothing. He told the grand jury that he saw a rape. He told Paterno he saw Sandusky “horsing around” with a kid in the shower.”
    Obviously, your mind is made up.
    Meanwhile, for those us who aren’t easily fooled, we prefer to wait until actual proof is presented. So far, that hasn’t happened.
    I know that if I had actually WITNESSED a 50-year-old man having his way sexually with a 10-year-old kid, I’m pretty sure I would have done more than nothing, which is exactly what McQueary did.
    He did nothing.
    Because he saw nothing.
    ———————————————–
    Wow. It is beyond amazing saying that there has been no proof presented.

    What about the other 10 plus “alleged” victims? I say alleged because I guess there’s no video proof they were telling the truth either. Were they all out to get Penn State as well?

  35. whiteh20man says: Oct 4, 2012 1:53 PM

    bobzilla1001 says:
    Oct 3, 2012 6:17 AM
    McQueary is a liar. He saw nothing. He’s a psycho who craves attention.
    To think that this punk helped to bring down a legendary coach and an entire football program without any substantial evidence and only on heresay is disturbing.

    and

    bobzilla1001 says:
    Oct 3, 2012 6:18 PM
    maddog:
    McQueary has changed his story NUMEROUS times. He supposedly texted a friend shortly after Paterno’s death and said he saw nothing. He told the grand jury that he saw a rape. He told Paterno he saw Sandusky “horsing around” with a kid in the shower.”
    Obviously, your mind is made up.
    Meanwhile, for those us who aren’t easily fooled, we prefer to wait until actual proof is presented. So far, that hasn’t happened.
    I know that if I had actually WITNESSED a 50-year-old man having his way sexually with a 10-year-old kid, I’m pretty sure I would have done more than nothing, which is exactly what McQueary did.
    He did nothing.
    Because he saw nothing.

    ____

    Yes, McQueary did nothing (defined as “what he should have done – he did not go to police”), JoPa did nothing, Curley did nothing, Schultz did nothing and Spanier did nothing. And as a DIRECT RESULT more children got RAPED.

    That is what brought “down a legendary coach and an entire football program” – the COVER UP. As well it should have!

    Your contention that all of this occurred “without any substantial evidence and only on heresay is disturbing”, is even more DISTURBING. You are delusional. If you believe that, then you only have your fellow citizens who participated in the trial to blame. They reviewed all the evidence (which was SUBSTANTIAL!), heard all of the testimony, and found Sandusky GUILTY on not 1, but 45 COUNTS of CHILD-SEX ABUSE.

    You sir, are blinded by your loyalty to JoPa and the football program. See a doctor … and I don’t mean an eye doctor.

  36. bobzilla1001 says: Oct 4, 2012 4:23 PM

    – I have no doubts that Sandusky is guilty.
    – I also believe there is more to this story than you narrow-minded liberals are able to comprehend.
    – Paterno was fired without due process.
    – The Penn State football program was handed severe NCAA sanctions based on a report that has no merit.
    – Mike McQueary has been allowed to roam this Earth without being challenged as to what he thinks he saw.
    – Paterno notified his superiors upon being told Sandusky was seen “horsing around” in the shower with a kid. That’s more than nothing.
    – Sandusky was NOT convicted of the one count allegedly witnessed by McQueary. The jury simply did not find McQueary’s story believeable.
    – Instead of watching ESPN, I suggest all you arm-chair lawyers do some homework.
    – I couldn’t care less about the Penn State football program. Paterno should’ve been relieved of his duties 10 years ago.
    – I feel extremely comfortable in my loyalty towards Joe Paterno.
    – My doctor also believes McQueary to be a liar.

  37. ajpurp says: Oct 6, 2012 12:54 AM

    Yeah future lost earnings will be extremely hard to win on, but that ISN’T where the 4 mill comes from, that’s from the defamation/not being able to get another job because, as everyone on this message board clearly illustrates, he is widely considered a coward, rightfully so and substantially harmed the prosecutor’s case because of his credibility, if not for the other victims Sandusky would have walked. So that’s where the 4 mill comes from not his lack of a coaching position with Penn state. Either way he should not win because he harmed his OWN reputation with his cowardice, when did the university come out and make an affirmative statement or omission that was untrue and damaging to his reputation (elements of defamation). It’s a slimy money grab because the U will want to settle because of bad press already received (what he and lawyer are no doubt counting on) because the claims are frivolous and he should be fined and publicly humiliated for wasting judicial resources on this BS and for being an overall terrible scum human being. Period. Hate this dude, second on the the U directors and Sandusky himself.

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