by Barry Bozeman
ESPN and other outlets reported yesterday that Coach Tom Bradley stands by his previous statements that he never observed Jerry Sandusky doing anything inappropriate at Penn State despite claims by Mike McQueary that surfaced earlier this summer.
UCLA defensive coordinator Tom Bradley issued his first public comments since testimony unsealed in July by another former Penn State assistant, Mike McQueary, that indicated Bradley was aware of sexual abuse by Jerry Sandusky at Penn State dating to the 1980s.
"First of all, I've been deposed, I've been vetted. I've issued a statement," said Bradley, a former Penn State assistant coach, following UCLA practice Wednesday. "All of that speaks for itself."
The previous statement released by his representative, Brett Senior, denied allegations made in testimony from McQueary, who testified Bradley "said he knew of some things" about Sandusky dating to the 1980s.
"At no time did Tom Bradley ever witness any inappropriate behavior," the statement read. "Nor did he have any knowledge of alleged incidents in the 80's and 90's. He has consistently testified as such. Any assertions to the contrary are false. When he became aware of the 2001 incident it had already been reported to the University administration years earlier."
The reports that appeared in May on NBC evidently included Coach Bradley
But sources told NBC News that one former Penn State assistant coach witnessed an incident in the late 1970s. Three other coaches — who have gone on to work in the NFL and at Division I colleges — allegedly saw inappropriate conduct between Sandusky and boys in the early and mid-1990s.It appears that Mike McQueary was the source for at least one of these reports that have surfaced to once again muddy the waters and start another media tempest based on flimsy journalism.
"You won't believe what I just saw," one of those three coaches blurted out after bursting into a room filled with Penn State football staff, according to sources who spoke to a person who was in that room.
A lawyer for one of the three '90s coaches denied his client had seen anything. A second coach declined to comment. A third could not be reached, and the name of the fourth was not disclosed to NBC News.