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Unsealed testimony claims Tom Bradley knew of Penn State abuse


UCLA defensive coordinator Tom Bradley spent 37 years at Penn State. According to newly released testimony, Bradley reportedly knew of abuse cases while at the university. (Courtesy of Kyle Lewis/Daily Collegian)

UCLA defensive coordinator Tom Bradley spent 37 years at Penn State. According to newly released testimony, Bradley reportedly knew of abuse cases while at the university. (Courtesy of Kyle Lewis/Daily Collegian)


This post was updated July 12 at 12:15 p.m

UCLA defensive coordinator Tom Bradley, a former Penn State assistant coach, was one of many members of the Penn State coaching staff who knew of Jerry Sandusky’s repeated child abuse, according to testimony in documents unsealed by a Philadelphia court Tuesday.

That testimony came in a 2015 deposition from former Penn State assistant Mike McQueary, who witnessed Sandusky, also a former coach, sexually assaulting a boy in 2001 and went to then-head coach Joe Paterno. McQueary testified that he had also “briefly” discussed Sandusky’s criminal activities with Bradley.

Bradley then confirmed to McQueary that he knew of other incidents dating as far back as the early ’90s and possibly into the ’80s, identifying fellow assistant coach Greg Schiano as another individual who had come to him with similar information.

During the deposition, McQueary said that Bradley did not provide any details about what Schiano, currently the Ohio State defensive coordinator, told him.

“Only that he had – I can’t remember if it was one night or one morning, but that Greg had come into his office white as a ghost and said he just saw Jerry doing something to a boy in the shower,” he said. “And that’s it. That’s all he ever told me.”

The conversation between McQueary and Bradley was reportedly in the mid-2000s.

Bradley is entering his second year as defensive coordinator for the Bruins, following one year as the associate head coach at West Virginia, where he primarily coached the defensive line.

Prior to that, he spent his entire football career with Penn State, including four years playing defensive back. He began as a graduate assistant on Paterno’s staff in 1979.

Bradley acted as the team’s interim head coach when Paterno was fired for his role in the initial Sandusky scandal before resigning in 2012.

In a statement released later Tuesday afternoon, Bradley’s representative stated that “at no time did Tom Bradley ever witness any inappropriate behavior. Nor did he have any knowledge of alleged incidents in the 80′s and 90′s.”

He also said that Bradley’s testimonies had been consistent throughout the duration of the investigation and claims that the defensive coordinator knew about the sexual assaults beforehand were false.

The former Penn State coach was only aware of the 2001 incident after it had been reported to the University administration, his representative said.

Contributing reports by TuAnh Dam, Sports editor.

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Walters is the Alumni director. He was editor in chief in 2016-17. Previously, he was an assistant editor in the Sports Department and has covered men's soccer, men's volleyball and men's water polo.


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