Mike McQueary's Story Says a Lot About Us

The workplace environment and money likely bought the silence of Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary,  Jason Whitlock writes in his Fox Sports column.

Joe Paterno and assistant Mike McQueary (Getty Images)

In his Fox Sports column, Jason Whitlock writes that had Penn State assistant football coach Mike McQueary walked in on Jerry Sandusky raping a child in a YMCA locker room, his response likely would have been different. But since he was at work, his reaction was prompted by a strong desire to keep his job.

People, Americans in particular, are most cowardly when at work. For good reason.

In 2003, Abar Rouse, a young assistant coach at Baylor University, squealed on then-head coach Dave Bliss’ plan to portray murder victim Patrick Dennehy as a drug dealer to cover up “illegal” cash payments to Dennehy. Rouse hasn’t worked as a college coach since. He outed a coach who plotted to disgrace a murdered young person to cover his own rear.

“No snitching” doesn’t just apply to gang members. It’s the accepted and enforced policy in every work environment.

It cracks me up when I hear journalists complain about an institution, corporation, sports franchise or government agency circling the wagons and refusing to break a code of silence. We rip the police for their blue code. Media outlets have a yellow one. We’re hypocrites.

Hell, many of my peers are offended by respectful disagreement.

Last February, I erupted in disgust when my peers who participate in the Pro Football Hall of Fame process failed to induct Willie Roaf. I pointed out some of the flaws in the system and the obvious hypocrisy of the secret voting process.

Read Jason Whitlock's entire column at Fox Sports.

Like The Root on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter.   

The Root encourages respectful debate and dialogue in our commenting community. To improve the commenting experience for all our readers we will be experimenting with some new formats over the next few weeks. During this transition period the comments section will be unavailable to users.

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your continued support of The Root.

While we are experimenting, please feel free to leave feedback below about your past experiences commenting at The Root.