Former Penn State assistant football coach Mike McQueary, who will be a prosecution witness in an upcoming conspiracy trial against former PSU leaders, reportedly told players in November 2011 that he was sexually abused as a boy, according to ESPN the Magazine.
The author of the ESPN article, Don Van Natta Jr., attributes two players as his main sources, as well as four other players who had knowledge of the meeting. Natta said the closed-door meeting between McQueary and players was held November 9, 2011, just days after the Jerry Sandusky scandal broke on campus.
McQueary was a graduate assistant at Penn State in 2001. He alleges he saw Sandusky in the shower with a boy in 2001. McQueary testified he believed Sandusky was abusing the boy because of the close proximity of their bodies.
Natta said it is not known if McQueary was abused at the time, but according to the report, McQueary told the players about his own abuse hoping they would understand how he reacted at the time.
The report says McQueary did not disclose to the players who abused him or how long the abuse had occurred.
McQueary declined to comment on the report, but did give a few comments about Joe Paterno.
“I love that man more than you can ever possibly say,” McQueary told ESPN. “He’s an unbelievable man. He did unbelievable things. He handled this thing in the best way he could. Was it foolproof or perfect? No. But I didn’t handle this in a foolproof or perfect way either. I am loyal to him to this day. I absolutely love him.”