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Fire the coward Coach Mike McQueary

As this Penn State scandal continues to rock this state, I find myself most disgusted of all with Mike McQueary, the Penn State assistant football coach who, according to his own sworn testimony, walked in on Jerry Sandusky raping a child in the locker room. McQueary was 28 years old at the time. He’s a big man, a former Penn State quarterback. How difficult would it have been for him to have pulled Sandusky off that kid? What kind of sorry excuse for a man walks away when he sees a child being violated so horribly? He would have been in no physical danger at all from intervening. There was no excuse. None.

I can imagine, barely, McQueary being so shocked by what he saw that he didn’t know what to do in the moment. But he knew the next day. And he has lived for all these years with that knowledge, even as Sandusky has kept coming around the football program. He kept his mouth shut, and protected Sandusky. Do we know if Mike McQueary even tried to find out who that boy was?

If he had any shame, he would resign. I hope whoever takes over when Penn State president Graham Spanier is fired or quits will make his first act in office putting Joe Paterno out to pasture, and firing the coward Mike McQueary. If there’s any justice, he will one day have to come face to face with the boy he walked out on that night in the locker room, and left to his rapist’s tender mercies.

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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