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Mike McQueary suing Penn State, according to report

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Mike McQueary, the former Penn State assistant who was a key witness in the child sexual abuse case against Jerry Sandusky, has filed a lawsuit against Penn State, reports NBC News.

McQueary was already reported as intending to sue the university, so this was expected. The details of the lawsuit are unknown, although the assumption is that it is a whistleblower suit: McQueary, who was on staff as a wide receivers coach at Penn State when news of the scandal broke, was not retained in that role when his contract expired in the spring. While many other former Penn State employees and administrators had their legal fees paid for by the school, McQueary has received no such considerations. Pennsylvania's whistleblower law would prevent the school from firing him for reporting misconduct.

The 37-year-old played quarterback under Joe Paterno and Sandusky, and was hired to the staff in 2004, two years after he claimed he witnessed Sandusky sexually abusing a child in a Penn State locker room. After his name became associated with the scandal, he was put on indefinite paid administrative leave from his role as an assistant coach due to threats against him. McQueary was the only direct witness to Sandusky's crimes to come forth and testify in court.

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