According to a report by NBC News, the former Penn State quarterback and current wide receivers coach sent an email to former teammates telling them that he did, in fact, stop the sexual abuse between former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky and a 10-year-old boy in the Penn State locker room showers.
McQueary is the only witness to the incident - even the victim hasn't come forward - and previous reports suggested that instead of stepping in, McQueary left the showers and went to call his father for advice. That perception has drawn a lot of outside criticism of McQueary who many believed was just as complicit in the abuse because he failed to stop it.
Even Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett said Sunday that McQueary did not meet "a moral obligation" to intervene.
But McQueary told his former teammates that the perception is not the reality.
"I did the right thing… you guys know me… the truth is not out there full… I didn't just turn and run… I made sure it stopped… I had to make quick tough decisions."
Unfortunately, McQueary doesn't elaborate on how he made it stop, whether he got the boy's name or whether he escorted the boy out of the showers. All the general public knows is that McQueary called his father after seeing the incident and went to coach Joe Paterno the next day.
Meanwhile, Sandusky and his lawyer have maintained that McQueary's description of the incident, which said Sandusky was sodomizing the boy, is inaccurate and that the two were just "horsing around" in the showers. Sandusky maintains that he never did anything of a sexual nature with any boys (except that whole showering thing).
"We were showering and horsing around, and he actually turned all the showers on and was actually sliding across the floor, and we were, as I recall, possibly like snapping a towel - horseplay," Sandusky said.
"I am innocent of those charges."
McQueary has been on administrative leave since last Friday and hasn't spoken to the media. His father, however, has maintained all along that there was more to the story and that his son desperately wanted to tell his side. Other than the email, McQueary's side of the story probably won't be made public until he's called to testify against Sandusky.
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