Thursday, November 17, 2011

That's Still Doing Nothing

Back to the Penn State atrocity. Today's focus: Mike McQueary, the graduate assistant who saw Sandusky raping a 10-year old boy in the shower and decided that the best course of action would be for McQueary to just call his own dad. Oh, but wait. Now McQueary is trying to say that what he told the grand jury is not what actually happened. Funny, I thought you were supposed to tell the truth to the grand jury. Huh. Maybe this is being misreported because, as we all know, the media just sucks. Let's see if we can figure this out.

According to ESPN, Mike McQueary had sent an email to a friend who didn't want to be identified.
From what I can infer, the email was sent recently. (I'm guessing in light of the many, many people across the country and possibly around the world who would like to see McQueary hanging from his man parts for being someone who would see a child being raped by an old man and not do anything to stop it. Funny how that works.) Here's the text of the email:

"... you are the first person I have told this ... and I don't know you extremely well ... and I have been told bye officials to not say anything ...

I did stop it, not physically ... but made sure it was stopped when I left that locker room ... I did have discussions with police and with the official at the university in charge of police .... no one can imagine my thoughts or wants to be in my shoes for those 30-45 seconds ... trust me.

Do with this what you want ... but I am getting hammered for handling this the right way ... or what I thought at the time was right ... I had to make tough impacting quick decisions.

This is off record ... again ... I have not and will not say anything to anyone else."

I'm just going to start at the beginning and wonder why on earth someone would send this sort of an email to someone that they didn't know very well. That doesn't seem like a very smart thing to do. Then again, this guy isn't exactly Einstein, so I shouldn't be overly surprised. And yet, I am. It's clear, after reading this guy's email, that he thinks that everyone's public perception of him is just a misunderstanding AND a matter of semantics. See, for some reason, he seems to think that he "did stop it". He just didn't stop it physically. Oh. I see. No, wait. I don't. What the hell is he talking about?! He didn't stop anything! He "made sure" that it was stopped before he left the locker room? What, did he poke his head back in there to "make sure" that Sandusky was done?! Is that what he means?!

I think that it's fairly obvious from both his grand jury testimony
and his email to his vague acquaintance that he did nothing to stop it at the time. Since (to my knowledge) it is still unknown who Victim 2 (the one who was in the shower) actually was, I'm having a hard time understanding how McQueary thinks that he stopped anything. Had he actually stopped it (and I'm using the sane person's definition of 'stopped' and not that of some moron who doesn't stop child rape when he sees it happening) and called the cops right then, this whole story would have played out a lot differently. He didn't stop anything. And he certainly didn't help the boy. He also still seems to think that he did the right thing, as evidenced by his whining "I am getting hammered for handling this the right way ." No, he is getting hammered for walking in on a horrific act taking place and putting a stop to it right that very moment. That he thinks that he did the right thing is unimaginable to me. Really, dude? Where's that boy? How's he doing? Oh, you don't know because you didn't do anything? OK, then. Pipe down.

Why the media is portraying this as anything other than what it is (which is ridiculous and lame at best) is beyond me. I know that the media sucks, but seriously. This isn't that hard to get wrong. The guy didn't do anything of substance and he thinks that he's being unfairly portrayed because he did just barely the absolute minimum and expects that to count as "something". He's a scumbag. First, he does nothing to help a little boy who is being raped by an old man and then he acts like everyone is so out of line for hating his guts? Please. Get it right, media! Nothing's changed! This guy didn't do anything, regardless of what he says in his email! Please report that!

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