Nov 10, 2011, 11:41 AM EST
I don’t plan to weigh in much on Joe Paterno at this point. The university did what needed to be done by firing Joe, no matter how you feel about his role in this scandal, so let’s just leave it at that. Instead, let’s take this in another direction for a moment.
How the hell is Joe Paterno fired, and Mike McQueary still on the staff?
For those of you who don’t know, McQueary is the now-infamous “graduate assistant” who witnessed the Jerry Sandusky incident from 2002 — the one that Paterno is taking such grief from everybody for “not doing more.” Yet while Paterno is being dishonored and shamed into retirement, wide receivers coach Mike McQueary is still with the team.
The decision by the Board of Trustees not to remove every involved party from the sidelines this Saturday is confusing, especially when you consider McQueary is one of the staff’s most visible members. He can be seen on TV throughout the course of the game, relaying plays into the offensive huddle, or emphatically instructing players.
To reiterate: McQueary saw what happened. Instead of going to the police, he told his father, who in turn instructed Mike go to Joe. You might be able to understand why a shocked McQueary was conflicted on what to do next, and why the first step he took was to inform his superior.
But why didn’t HE follow up? Everybody wants to know why a then 75-year-old man didn’t do more, why that 75-year-old man couldn’t take a second-hand account and save more children from abuse. Well what about the man who actually saw it happen, the person who could actually give testimony to what took place in that shower?
How has McQueary lived with this visual for nearly a decade?
And how does McQueary get to continue coaching this Saturday? He not only could have done “more” — he could have done THE MOST.
I can’t be any more clear about this: the man who witnessed this sick crime and kept quiet is, for the time being at least, still on this coaching staff. The reality is, if Penn State needs to clean up its football program, Mike McQueary should’ve been the first guy to go.
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