Mike McQueary, a former assistant coach at Penn State, was awarded $7.3 million by a jury Thursday in a defamation and misrepresentation lawsuit.
McQueary was fired in 2012 as part of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
“What Penn State has done to Mike McQueary is outrageous,” Elliot Strokoff, McQueary’s lawyer in the whistle-blower lawsuit, said during closing arguments, according to the Philly Inquirer. “He should not have been a scapegoat in this matter, and certainly not for five years.”
McQueary will wait to see if a judge determines he was fired in retaliation for his role in the Jerry Sandusky investigation. The school’s lawyer insists his firing had nothing to do with the Sandusky scandal.
“This is not a case about Jerry Sandusky,” Nancy Conrad told the Philly Inquirer. “Any harm that Mike McQueary has suffered . . . is the result of his own failures.”