Report: McQueary Gambled On Penn State As Player, Told Players He Was Sexually Abused As Child
The Jerry Sandusky scandal may no longer be making national headlines, but it could soon return to the forefront following a story released by ESPN on Tuesday.
The article written by Don Van Natta Jr outlines McQueary's role in the ongoing Jerry Sandusky scandal as it pertains to the pending trials of former Penn State administrators as well as McQueary's own whistleblower suit against the university. The story also adds details about McQueary's personal life that may be used to discredit his testimony.
One particular excerpt describes how McQueary allegedly accumulated large gambling debts while a player at Penn State and on at least one occasion bet on the Nittany Lions to win.
"According to several of his classmates and teammates, McQueary developed a compulsive gambling habit at Penn State. He bet and lost thousands of dollars on poker and sports wagering, mostly on pro football, though he also bet, several of his former teammates say, on Nittany Lions games. One former teammate specifically recalls that Big Red bet and lost on his own team in a November 1996 game against Michigan State at Beaver Stadium. With McQueary serving as a backup on the sideline, favorite PSU won on a late field goal 32-29 but didn't cover the eight-point spread.
As his losses mounted, McQueary owed thousands of dollars to a bookie, a debt that was eventually erased by his father, several people say. A college friend recalls urging McQueary to slow down. "It got pretty bad," the friend says, "and it just kept snowballing and snowballing. He was very impulsive."
Additionally, Natta writes that while attending a meeting with his position group prior to his and former head coach Joe Paterno's dismissal, McQueary told his players something that will only add to the already complex story.
"Finally, McQueary confided in his players something he hoped would make them understand how he'd reacted at the time. He told them he could relate to the fear and helplessness felt by the boy in the shower because he too was sexually abused as a boy."
Neither McQueary or Paterno were charged with any crimes in connection with the alleged cover-up of Jerry Sandusky's child sexual abuse. However McQueary and Paterno's testimonies were largely used as the foundation of NCAA sanction and Penn State's own internal investigation. Those sanctions have since been reduced by the NCAA and may again be reduced in the coming year.
Court cases involving for McQueary and Penn State administrators are expected to take place later this year.
A call to McQueary's attorney's office has not been returned at this time.