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McQueary placed on leave, in protective custody

Posted on: November 11, 2011 5:03 pm
Edited on: November 11, 2011 6:23 pm

Posted by Adam Jacobi

At a press conference on Friday afternoon, Penn State interim president Rodney Erickson announced that embattled assistant coach Mike McQueary -- a grand jury witness in the Jerry Sandusky sexual assault investigation -- had been placed on indefinite paid administrative leave, and that he would not attend the Penn State-Nebraska game at Beaver Stadium on Saturday.

McQueary's disassociation from the Penn State program may have already gone farther than what was announced by the university, however.

Later Friday afternoon, reported that McQueary spoke to his wide receivers via a speakerphone, and told them that he was not only on leave, he was out as a coach -- and under protective custody:

During a brief and emotional conversation, McQueary told them, “I wanted to let you guys know I'm not your coach anymore. I'm done.”

When players asked, "Coach, where are you? Can we see you?" McQueary responded, “No, I'm actually in protective custody. I'm not in State College.”

McQueary added that he was, "Double-fisting it," meaning he was having two drinks at once.

While Erickson's press conference mentioned nothing about protective custody, he did mention that the current environment surrounding McQueary and the team made going on leave a necessity.

"It became clear Coach McQueary could not function in this role under these circumstances," said Erickson. McQueary had come under fire for not intervening in an alleged sexual assault by Sandusky in 2002 after witnessing it, then reporting the assault to since-fired Penn State head coach Joe Paterno, but not directly to police.

A day earlier, Penn State had already announced that McQueary would not be coaching in this weekend's game, but the school merely said that that decision had been made because of threats against McQueary received by the school. Presumably, those threats are what have led to the reported protective custody. There was no mention of McQueary's job status in the Thursday announcement, and Erickson's press conference only revealed that McQueary's administrative leave was indefinite and paid. 

When one reporter asked him whether McQueary was covered under whistleblower laws, since he reported the incident to a superior, Erickson simply acknowledged that "there are complexities" to the issue. Erickson also declined to go into whether McQueary was on leave because of the threats Penn State reported receiving, or because of his role in reporting the alleged assault in 2002.

Sandusky faces 40 various counts of sexual misbehavior with minors, and the state of Pennsylvania has announced that the investigation is still ongoing.

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Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: November 12, 2011 5:32 am

McQueary placed on leave, in protective custody

when are the police who let this go (as in a blink in the eye...this isnt worth our time) after being contacted for this going to fired/ harrassed by the media vultures and outed as much as the other???????????   unreal that mcQueary gets a pass but joepa is THE scapegoat

Since: Aug 20, 2009
Posted on: November 12, 2011 5:03 am

McQueary placed on leave, in protective custody

After seeing the horrific Crime, he (McQuery) spends 9 years in the same locker room with Sun-dicky?  If i saw that happen, one of us is gone!  There is no way, I'm going to be in a Locker room with, what I know is a pedophile......I'm father-less, but if I was to see a Crime like this, I'd be relentless on seeing Justice!!!!

Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: November 12, 2011 4:10 am

McQueary placed on leave, in protective custody

Viking is right. If you r gonna keep it's in house. You absolutely walk in the showers - unattached the animal from the victim and proceed to pound him within an inch of his life. I'm pretty sure the victim would testify Sandusky was naked an initiated a fight. Then he could say: "We Are: protective, we are strong". Instead he can say "We Are: running down the hall while Sandusky slurps on a 10 yr &$&&)(@@, we are: run to ask daddy what I should do. We are: spineless. We are : going to move up to ass coach if I shut up .... We Are: too weak to do what's right.

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2011 3:59 am

McQueary placed on leave, in protective custody

Why is this guy still getting paid???????????  I'm sorry, but whistleblower status should probably be limited to I donno, maybe the same year of the crime?  Heck The same 5 years of the crime?  No way is he being protected by that.  Lawyers would get around it in a heartbeat.  I can't wait till his 2 year old daughter gets older, and he has to explain to her that the reason everyone hates him is because he saw a 10 year old kid getting raped and walked the other way.  Every single day he's still on the staff even if he's on leave Penn State just makes themselves look worse.

Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: November 12, 2011 2:40 am

McQueary placed on leave, in protective custody

this douche bag gets protective custody, yet he did nothing to protect an innocent 10 year old boy.  you gotta be kidding me. 

Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: November 12, 2011 2:34 am

McQueary placed on leave, in protective custody

screw you vikingbob, they all did what you suggested, which is basically do nothing helpful for the victims

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: November 12, 2011 1:57 am

McQueary placed on leave, in protective custody

 I know McQueary was the "unfortunate one" to walk in the showers and see this crap.  I have no doubt that this would be a tough one for, at that time, a young man to deal with.  I'm sure he was wondering if he talked would he get fired, or who knows what.  However action should have been taken.  If it was me who wondered in on this, the only thing the world would be wondering was this.  I'm sure the reporters would be asking why asst. coach Sandusky had 2 black eyes, a broken nose, and had his leg in a cast. Now you can sweep it under the rug.  If you want to handle it "in house" I'm fine with that, but do it right!

Since: Nov 27, 2008
Posted on: November 12, 2011 1:50 am

McQueary placed on leave, in protective custody

Penn st should be feeling nothing but shame for what they didnt do to stop this monster. Paterno and the rest of them should never lift their heads hight again. One steals and the others lie to protect him ......   they are all guilty . This is the worst thing anyone can do. Shame and nothing but more shame and its a shame so many innocent people that knew nothing of this will also feel the shame of a few .

Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: November 12, 2011 12:35 am

McQueary placed on leave, in protective custody

Hmmmmm, would "double-fisting" really be an appropriate term to use in this case??  Just asking.

Since: Mar 2, 2009
Posted on: November 12, 2011 12:24 am

McQueary placed on leave, in protective custody

Protective custody ??  Witness Proection ??  Schools caught for recruiting violations, gifts or money to student athletes etc. are often punnished by being banned from post-season play for a few seasons and maybe lose some scholarship awards.  What do you do in this case ??????????  I say forfiet the remainder of this season and all of next season !!!  Football is still being allowed for the MONEY !!!  Stop it, stop it now !!!!!  Let's get back to EDUCATION and MORAL LAWS !!!!!!!!!!!!  FOOTBALL IS MEANINGLESS AT THIS POINT !!!!!!!!!  Beware the game on Saturday (if it's played), something bad is going to happen, I just feel sure.   

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