Report:?McQueary was abused as a boy and gambled as a player

Former assistant coach Mike McQueary told Penn State football players that he was sexually abused as a boy in the days after the Jerry Sandusky grand jury presentment was released in November 2011, according to a story in the March 17 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

McQueary, who did not comment for the story except to say that he revered the late coach Joe Paterno, told receivers in a closed meeting he could relate to the young boy he saw in the campus shower with Sandusky in 2001, according to ESPN, because he’d been sexually abused himself. The story said McQueary did not tell players who abused him, where, or for how long.

McQueary was a witness in the trial that convicted Sandusky, and he will likely be one in the upcoming conspiracy trials of Graham Spanier, Tim Curley, and Gary Schultz.

The ESPN story recounts much of the Sandusky testimony, but adds that one grand jury witness doubted the presentment describing McQueary as “extremely credible.”

The ESPN story also recounts several unnamed former Penn State teammates and people close to McQueary saying he gambled as a player at Penn State, including a losing bet on his team to cover an 8-point spread in a 32-29 win over Michigan State in 1996. McQueary, a second-string quarterback at the time, later had thousands of dollars in gambling debts later settled by his father John, according to the story.