Former Penn State University assistant football coach Mike McQueary, whose graphic testimony helped convict Jerry Sandusky on child sex abuse charges, filed a whistleblower lawsuit today against the school, claiming defamation and misrepresentation.
Mr. McQueary, whose contract with the school ended June 30, was barred from coaching after Sandusky's arrest in November. While his testimony about witnessing Sandusky sexually assault a boy in a locker room shower was important to the case against the former coach, he was also widely panned for reporting the incident to then-head coach Joe Paterno instead of to police.
In the lawsuit, filed in Centre County, Mr. McQueary said the treatment was "discriminatory and caused the plaintiff much distress, anxiety and embarrassment."
According to the lawsuit, then-university president Graham Spanier attempted to make him a "scapegoat" in expressing support for retired vice president Gary Schultz and athletic director Tim Curley, who contradicted Mr. McQueary's testimony.
Both Mr. Schultz and Mr. Curley face trial on perjury charges.
"President Spanier's statements have irreparably harmed the Plaintiff's reputation for honesty and integrity," the suit said.
Mr. McQueary asks in the suit for $8 million plus back pay, bonuses and reimbursement for legal fees, among other things.
University spokesman David La Torre said he had no comment.
Moriah Balingit: email@example.com, 412-263-2533 and on Twitter @MoriahBee. First Published October 2, 2012 9:30 PM