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McQueary sues Penn State for $4 million, cites defamation - abc27 WHTM

McQueary sues Penn State for $4 million, cites defamation

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BELLEFONTE, Pa. (WHTM) -

Former assistant football coach Mike McQueary was known for his bright red hair on the Penn State football sidelines -- now he's suing the university for $4 million.

That is how much McQueary believes he would have made as a football coach at Penn State over the next 25 years, according to a lawsuit filed today in Centre County Court. 

After the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal broke in November, McQueary was placed on administrative leave and, when his contract ran out in June, McQueary was not renewed. According to the lawsuit, McQueary says he was the only member of Joe Paterno's coaching staff who was not offered a severance package when new coach Bill O'Brien took over.

McQueary was the star witness in the prosecution of Sandusky in June. He testified that he saw the former defensive coach sexually assaulting a young boy in a Penn State shower back in 2001.

McQueary says Penn State unfairly punished him while continuing to pay the salaries of Gary Schultz and Tim Curley, Penn State administrators who are standing trial for perjury and not reporting suspected child sexual abuse.

McQueary also calls out former university president Graham Spanier, who allowed Penn State to pay Curley and Schultz's legal fees. According to the lawsuit, Penn State is still doing that.

McQueary says this "reinforces the perception" that he was lying about what he saw. He said the situation has caused "irreparable harm" to his reputation and his ability to get hired by other schools as a college football coach.

Penn State University spokesperson David LaTorre told abc27 the university has no comment on this lawsuit, but confirmed the school is still paying legal fees for Gary Schultz, Tim Curley and Graham Spanier.

LaTorre said Penn State must do so, according to its own charter bylaw:

The Bylaws of Penn State state that "except as prohibited by law, every trustee and officer of the University shall be entitled as of right to be indemnified by the University against expenses (including counsel fees) and any liability (including judgments, fines, penalties, excise taxes and amounts paid in settlement) paid or incurred by such person in connection with any actual or threatened claim, action, suit or proceeding, civil, criminal, administrative, investigative or other." Article 5, Section 2 (a).

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