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Report says McQueary was abused and battled gambling problem

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Former Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary, one of the key witnesses in the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State, claimed to some anonymous Penn State wide receivers that he too was abused. According to a report by ESPN The Magazine, McQueary cleared the air during a meeting with Penn State receivers just three days after the release of a grand jury presentment detailing the information discovered in an investigation that would rip through the Penn State community.

It is not known whether McQueary was abused. It is only known that he told players he was a victim of abuse at a time when his decision to leave the locker room without stopping Sandusky was being criticized in State College and beyond, including by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett.

“It made it even more personal for him,” one of the players said.

The report does not say when McQueary was allegedly abused or when the abuse may have happened. According to the grand jury presentment, McQueary witnessed former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky in a football building shower with a young boy. Startled by what he saw, McQueary later went to former Penn State head coach Joe Paterno in an attempt to discuss what he saw and how to handle it.

One of the biggest questions following the release of this information many have had was why McQueary did not handle it another way. If he was indeed abused in his past, you can start to piece together that the situation may have been a bit more emotionalĀ in the heat of the moment for McQueary. Does that make him not guilty of not doing more? That may always be a matter of perception and opinion, and the story may or may not change as time goes by.

The magazine report also suggests McQueary battled a gambling problem while at Penn State and suggests he gambled on college football in addition to pro sporting events and playing poker. It is not known how many Penn State football games McQueary may have had a bet involved, but the report does say Penn State’s 1996 game against Michigan State was one of them. Penn State failed to cover the spread.

Where this goes from here is anybody’s guess.

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13 Responses to “Report says McQueary was abused and battled gambling problem”
  1. barkleyblows says: Mar 4, 2014 2:21 PM

    Gooooood!!! More Ped State news!!!

  2. mtheparrothead says: Mar 4, 2014 2:40 PM

    Abused like a red headed step child.

  3. mschlab33 says: Mar 4, 2014 3:00 PM

    I their ever was a University that needs to be bulldozed to the ground it it Penn St. That school is just a disgusting place of child molestation and people that want to just brush it under the rug.

  4. auburntigers34 says: Mar 4, 2014 3:34 PM

    He grew up near the PSU campus, right? They seriously need to rename that dump of a town. Happy Valley, it ain’t……unless you’re a pedophile.

  5. meatcarroll says: Mar 4, 2014 3:47 PM

    Protect Sandusky U needs to be given the death penalty forever.

  6. meatcarroll says: Mar 4, 2014 3:47 PM

    Protect Sandusky U needs to be given the death penalty forever.

  7. meatcarroll says: Mar 4, 2014 3:47 PM

    Protect Sandusky U needs to be given the death penalty forever.

  8. jimw81 says: Mar 4, 2014 3:50 PM

    there is alot of stuff the writer of the story left out that is damaging to McQueary

  9. mrlaloosh says: Mar 4, 2014 4:03 PM

    Penn State is a cess pool.

  10. dirtyharry1971 says: Mar 4, 2014 6:08 PM

    I wonder if him and jopa would make bets on how many time Sandusky would take a shower? Or bet on how young the kid was that Sandusky brought to practice that day? This place needs to be shutdown period!

  11. steeler1nation says: Mar 4, 2014 6:42 PM

    11/23/96
    Penn State 32 Michigan State 29

    Wally Richardson was the starting QB.

    http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1996-11-24/sports/9611240234_1_nittany-lions-alliance-bowl-berth-brett-conway

  12. tommy57 says: Mar 5, 2014 6:30 AM

    Where this might (should) have gone, Kevin, is for you to attempt to validate the story and not just re-print something whose credibility relies on “anonymous” sources. Still, it’s a headline and that’s what you guys get paid for.

  13. ohiostate777buckeyes says: Mar 5, 2014 11:27 AM

    Jay Paterno is running for Lt. Governor in PA.
    Lol !!!!!
    I can’t fathom that JayPa, Dottie, Tom Bradley, and Larry Johnson, Jr. didn’t know anything in regards to what was going on with ‘Dusky.
    These lifers spent decades with that creep, in the small-town/everybody-knows-everybody setting.
    There is no way in hell they didn’t know what was going on.
    Especially the creep, Dottie. Yet, she’s walking free.
    Larry Johnson, Sr. —he’s coaching at OSU, unfortunately.
    Tom Bradley — he actually got interviewed for the PSU job! Now he’s the DC at WVU.
    It’s a total sham and a total shame that these enabling cowards are walking free.

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