STATE COLLEGE, CENTRE COUNTY—Former Penn State assistant football coach Mike McQueary is looking to gain from a newly filed $4 million lawsuit against the school. The 37-year-old says he was fired because of his cooperation with authorities in the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse investigation.
The 28-page lawsuit lays out several reasons why Mike McQueary thinks he is entitled to $4 million in damages from Penn State. The former quarterbacks coach witnessed Jerry Sanduksy abusing a child in a PSU lockerroom in 2001. But it's his involvement and testimony in the case and his testimony against former high-ranking Penn State officials that unfairly made him a target and ended his coaching tenure in Happy Valley.
The filing says he was fired, "Because of his cooperation with investigators for the Pennsylvania Attorney General..... and for his truthful testimony at the criminal preliminary hearings for Athletics Director Tim Curley and Senior Vice-President Gary Schultz."
In the lawsuit, McQueary is suing the school for whistleblower and defamation. He claims that right after news of the Sandusky case broke, he was placed on administrative leave. At that point, the former quarterbacks coach claims he never learned of his termination until a news conference in July some seven months after being placed on leave.
The lawsuit also claims he was never given the same opportunities as the other assistant coaches to interview to keep his position under new Head Coach Bill O'Brien.
Financially, the situation has taken its toll on McQueary. The lawsuit claims his university provided car and cell phone were taken when he was placed on administrative leave. His $140,000 a year salary was lost after his termination and it took an extra six weeks for him to get his 18-month severance package compared to all of the other assistant coaches.
McQueary is asking for, "Judgement against Pennsylvania State Unversity for $4,000,000.... For lost future earnings, plus general damages.... And for distress, anguish, humiliation and embarrassment, plus punitive damages."
Penn state has 20 days to respond in person or writing to this lawsuit. McQueary is expected to be a key witness in the perjury trial of Athletic Director Tim Curley and former Vice-President Gary Schultz. That trial is scheduled to begin in early January.
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