Former Penn State assistant football coach Mike McQueary told players he was sexually abused as a child, and an anonymous friend said the former quarterback harbored a gambling habit during his time with the Nittany Lions, according to a new report published by ESPN the Magazine.
The report first appeared online Tuesday.
McQueary's testimony that he witnessed Jerry Sandusky molesting a young boy in the Lasch Football Building showers was pivotal in the sex abuse case against the former Penn State defensive coordinator and will also likely play a major role in the pending trials of three former Penn State administrators charged with covering up Sandusky's abuse.
According to the article, written by ESPN senior writer Don Van Natta Jr., McQueary met with a group of his players - "a crew of more than a dozen receivers and tight ends," according to the article - on Nov. 7, 2011, three days after the grand jury presentment on Sandusky was released, and
told them his job was likely in limbo.
He also confessed that he had been sexually abused as a young boy, according to the article.
When asked by Van Natta, McQueary himself did not confirm that he was abused, according to the article, and no on-the-record sources confirmed the conversation happened.
An anonymous former player told the magazine that the allegations made it harder for McQueary to report what he witnessed in 2001.
"It made it even more personal for him," the player told the magazine.
Van Natta's article also alleges that McQueary developed a gambling habit while he played at Penn State. McQueary was recruited by former head football coach Joe Paterno to play quarterback after a stellar senior year at State College High School.
McQueary "bet and lost thousands of dollars on poker and sports wagering, mostly on pro football," according to the article, but on one occasion, according to the article, he also bet on Penn State as well. The article cited a 1996 incident in which McQueary, as the backup quarterback, lost a bet during the Nittany Lions' game against Michigan State because PSU did not cover the spread in its victory.
"It got pretty bad," an anonymous friend of McQueary told the magazine, "and it just kept snowballing and snowballing. He was very impulsive."
Paterno and the rest of the coaching staff were likely unaware of McQueary's gambling, and the article did not suggest he gambled during his time as an assistant coach.
McQueary was removed from his coaching position with Penn State in the summer of 2012. He is currently involved in a $4 million whistleblower suit against the university, requesting lost wages.
He is currently divorced; his ex-wife and daughter live in Virginia. McQueary currently resides with his parents at their home in State College and is "broke," the article said.