Meet Mike McQueary.
He grew up just a mile from the Penn State campus, excelling on the State College High football team. In 1994 he was recruited by Penn State, where he started as quarterback in his senior year. The team went 9-3 that season, with McQueary breaking three school records.
After graduation he signed with the Oakland Raiders, and then the Scottish Claymores of the World League of American Football. When his professional career didn’t work out he returned to Penn State as a grad student and assistant to the football team.
In March 2002 he stumbled across something he wasn’t supposed to see. Jerry Sandusky, his former assistant coach, now retired, was anally raping a ten-year-old boy in the team’s showers. McQueary didn’t intervene. He didn’t go for help. He didn’t call the cops.
He called his father.
He called his father and his father told him to call his coach. So that’s what he did. And when his coach stayed silent, and the athletic director stayed silent, and the university vice president in charge of the campus police stayed silent, Mike McQueary stayed silent too.
Today Mike McQueary is a member of the Penn State coaching staff. And he’s still staying silent.