Penn State football assistant coach Mike McQueary has broken his silence today in the highly publicized Jerry Sandusky rape allegations scandal, calling his emotions “all over the place … like a snow globe.”
Early Tuesday afternoon CBS reported that they had interviewed McQueary at his house. The interview, which bordered on politeness on McQueary’s part, was conducted by Armen Keteyian and was two whole questions. Airing earlier this evening, Keteyian called the interview via Twitter one where McQueary “breaks his silence and opens a window for me into his emotions.”
Also it was reported via the Allentown Morning Call, that McQueary had sent an e-mail to a former classmate where he claims he had stopped Jerry Sandusky from allegedly raping a 10-year-old boy in that Penn State athletic facility shower in 2002. He further claims that after the incident he went to the police. As of the evening the Associated Press also claims it has seen the email and verifies the letter’s existence.
The assistant coach McQueary who was placed on leave last week went on to say in the e-mail he “did have discussions with police and with the official at the university in charge of police.” McQueary also added he “is getting hammered for handling this the right way or what I thought at the time was right,” and went further by saying “I had to make tough impacting quick decisions.”
McQueary has been under scrutiny for his reported handling of the situation including his inability to stop the situation, his reporting of the situation to Joe Paterno, and for not going directly to police to report the alleged assault. After the story broke McQueary was subsequently told he would not be coaching versus Nebraska later in the week, later but on leave, and when asked about his employment the Penn State said there were further complications involving the the assistant coaches’ situation.
The police are working diligently to confirm many new allegations after it was reported that an additional 10 suspected victims have come forward to the authorities since the arrest of the former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky on November 5 on 40 counts of sexually abusing young boys, according to people close to the investigation. With little new information gathered from the Penn State Wide Receivers coach McQueary figures to be a key witness with his account of the 2002 alleged rape incident which will be pivotal to trial as the whole story develops.
- Mike McQueary to appear on CBS News on Tuesday evening (aol.sportingnews.com)
- CBS scores interview with Penn State Assistant Football Coach Mike McQueary (insidetv.ew.com)
- Mike McQueary Emails: Witness In Penn State Scandal Says He Stopped Alleged Assault By Jerry Sandusky (huffingtonpost.com)
- Report: Penn State coach says he stopped shower assault – USA Today (content.usatoday.com)