Ex-PSU coach re­calls learn­ing of San­dusky com­plaint

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS - By Mark Scol­foro

Jurors heard Thurs­day that a former Penn State head foot­ball coach tes­ti­fied that Mike McQueary told him years be­fore Jerry San­dusky’s ar­rest that he had made a com­plaint about San­dusky to univer­sity ad­min­is­tra­tors.

The de­po­si­tion by Tom Bradley was read dur­ing the fourth day of trial in McQueary’s defama­tion and whistle­blower law­suit against the univer­sity over his treat­ment af­ter San­dusky’s 2011 child mo­lesta­tion ar­rest.

Bradley said he fielded a ru­mor that made him ap­proach McQueary, a fel­low as­sis­tant un­der Paterno, in 2004 or 2005.

“I’m not sure how this hap­pened, but some­body said some­thing and I asked Mike about it. He said there was an in­ci­dent,” Bradley said in May 2015. “I don’t know his ex­act words.”

Bradley said he asked McQueary what he did.

“He said, ‘I turned it in to Joe and Cur­ley and Schultz,’” Bradley said, ref­er­ences to then-head coach Joe Paterno, then-ath­letic di­rec­tor Tim Cur­ley and then-vice pres­i­dent Gary Schultz.

He said he did not re­mem­ber if McQueary used the word, “sex­ual.”

“It was not a long, de­tailed de­scrip­tion, if that’s what you’re ask­ing me,” Bradley sad

Bradley also said he be­lieves the school mis­treated McQueary, cit­ing a bowl game bonus McQueary wasn’t given at the end of the 2011 sea­son. Bradley was briefly the school’s head coach af­ter univer­sity trus­tees fired Paterno, in part over his han­dling of the McQueary com­plaint.

Bradley said he never dis­cussed the McQueary in­ci­dent with San­dusky, al­though he would oc­ca­sion­ally see him in team fa­cil­i­ties af­ter San­dusky re­tired in 1999.

Ques­tions about whether ru­mors re­gard­ing San­dusky had cropped up be­fore the in­ves­ti­ga­tion that pro­duced charges have long hung over the Penn State foot­ball pro­gram.

A lawyer for Bradley, now UCLA’s de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor, told The As­so­ci­ated Press this sum­mer he never wit­nessed any in­ap­pro­pri­ate be­hav­ior and had no knowl­edge of al­leged in­ci­dents in the 1980s and 1990s.

The lawyer, Brett Se­nior, said Thurs­day he was not aware the tes­ti­mony was be­ing read. “I think what­ever’s been said is old and stale,” Se­nior said.

Out­side the court­house af­ter Thurs­day’s ses­sion, McQueary de­clined com­ment about Bradley’s de­po­si­tion.

McQueary has tes­ti­fied he saw San­dusky sex­u­ally abus­ing a boy in a team shower one evening in 2001 and re­ported it the next day to Paterno.

THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Former Penn State Univer­sity as­sis­tant foot­ball coach Mike McQueary, right, leaves the Cen­tre County Court­house An­nex in Bellefonte, Pa., on Mon­day.

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