Deadspin- Former Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary was one of the key witnesses in the prosecution of Jerry Sandusky. He claims that he saw Sandusky raping a boy in the Penn State locker room in 2001, and that he reported it quickly to Joe Paterno and other university officials. After he was not retained in 2012 amid massive public scrutiny, he filed a defamation suit against the school. This afternoon, a jury ruled that Penn State did defame him after he came forward, and they awarded him $7.3 million.
McQueary’s initial suit was for $4 million as well as a rider meant to cover the potential income he could have made over 25 more years of working as an assistant coach. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that McQueary’s testimony cost him a great deal:
Now divorced at 42, jobless and living with his parents at their State College home, the 6-foot-5 former quarterback testified Friday that he has been unable to find work since Penn State placed him on paid leave, citing safety concerns in the days after Sandusky’s arrest, and later decided not to renew his contract.
Doesn't it just warm your heart when good things happen to good people? I mean, who deserved a seven figure settlement more than the guy that knowingly worked alongside someone that he watched sexually abuse a young boy in a shower for damn near a decade after the fact? Things weren't looking so hot for McQueary there for awhile. Believe it or not, people aren't exactly quick to hire those that are complicit in covering up an ever-expanding ring of child rape. I know, that information knocked me back a few steps too. You see one kid get fondled, sit silently by for years as it goes undisciplined, and wait until the fondler retires to speak up and all the sudden your resume is meaningless? You wait until it's convenient for you to put a sickly prick behind bars, and out of nowhere you're no longer a good fit for literally any other workplace? It's like that first year or two of honest work meant nothing when the subsequent nine years were marred by one of the biggest, most disturbing scandals in the history of college athletics. Seems pretty unfair if you ask.
I don't know if it's 7.3 million dollars unfair, but hey - I'm not here to but a price tag on the hardships one incurs after ending up unemployed with a well decorated history of enabling a pedophile. I'm just here to appreciate a super guy getting what he deserves - a lifetime of financial security for blowing the whistle on a horrific, disgusting crime after it claimed about 57 more victims than it needed to. Now if you'll excuse me I just have to run to the bathroom really fast...