In 2002, Mike McQueary, a former Penn State QB and then a graduate assistant in the althletics department, reported the apparent rape of a child by a retired-but-still-active assistant coach to Joe Paterno, who reported it up the line. No one called the police, though university authorities were aware of at least two prior incidents involving the same assistant coach. The alleged perpetrator was allowed to keep on perpetrating for another nine years.
So why didn’t McQueary, who knew what he saw, say anything more? Why didn’t he go to the police?
Might it have anything to do with the fact that McQueary is now the wide receiver coach and recruiting co-ordinator for the Penn State football team?
Footnote Yes, I think big-time college football is deeply corrupt. But I don’t think this is “about” football, or about men. It’s about institutional self-defense.
Here’s a thought experiment. Nancy Pelosi is one of my political heroes. Could I be sure that she wouldn’t have tried to keep similar actions by one of her staffers, or one of her members, out of the papers, even at some risk to future victims? I don’t know her personally; maybe those who do could give a resounding “Yes.” But such reassurance doesn’t come automatically.