Today was the first time I heard national SportsTalk hosts start to defend McQueary on what happened that night in the shower. Whatever you want to say about MM, the fact is since the news broke in November he pretty much has been labeled a coward, idiot, "or paid off for his silence" by most radio hosts, meatball callers, etc. All these armchair Rambos have said if it was them, they would have [insert whatever phrase you want to use for assault] to Sandusky, rescued the boy and bullwhipped ala Indiana Jones out of the shower stalls and to safety. However, most of us that know the history at PSU could perhaps put ourselves in the shoes of this guy who when witnessed something (at the very least) uncomfortable with a man he has known his entire life, was a legend in that small town doing what could have been something unspeakable...and froze. Were this a stranger, perhaps McQueary would have reacted differently. To the nation, Sandusky is only viewed (correctly) as a pedophile monster so how could McQueary not have taken action? But is 2002, this was not the case. Sandusky was a legend who did unbelievable charity with children and was a family friend of the McQueary's. This would have been akin to many of us having walked into a situation and saw an Uncle or a friend of the family you would have been close to for 20 or so years. Your first response would not have been to crack a chair over his back...it would have been shock. And that is what I heard today from 2 different ESPN radio hosts (Scott Van Pelt, and Doug Gottleib) who have stepped out of the ESPN mandated "PSU IS EVIL" approach and stated what alot of us thought.
Do I think McQueary should have least said something at the time and tried find out at that moment what Sandusky was doing, find out what that kid's name was...of course. But I am willing to give McQueary a bit of a pass for his lack of Punisher action at that moment and was glad some in the media kind of saw it that way as well. MM at the very least did something. He could have swallowed what he saw and not say anything to anyone. But he did and let's face it, his career as a coach is now over because of failures above him.
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