Pennsylvania

Ex-Penn St. assistant coach's defamation suit headed to jury

FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2016, file photo, former Penn State University assistant football coach Mike McQueary leaves the Centre County Courthouse Annex for lunch in Bellefonte, Pa. Lawyers for the former Penn State assistant football coach are urging jurors to find the university liable for how it treated him after it became public that his testimony helped prosecutors charge Jerry Sandusky with child molestation. Both sides in the defamation and whistleblower lawsuit filed by McQueary made closing arguments Thursday, Oct. 27. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2016, file photo, former Penn State University assistant football coach Mike McQueary leaves the Centre County Courthouse Annex for lunch in Bellefonte, Pa. Lawyers for the former Penn State assistant football coach are urging jurors to find the university liable for how it treated him after it became public that his testimony helped prosecutors charge Jerry Sandusky with child molestation. Both sides in the defamation and whistleblower lawsuit filed by McQueary made closing arguments Thursday, Oct. 27. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)  (The Associated Press)

Lawyers for a former Penn State assistant football coach are urging jurors to find the university liable for how it treated him after it became public that his testimony helped prosecutors charge Jerry Sandusky with child molestation.

Both sides in the defamation and whistleblower lawsuit filed by Mike McQueary made closing arguments Thursday.

McQueary claims he was defamed by a statement the school president released the day Sandusky was charged, retaliated against for helping with the Sandusky investigation and misled by school administrators.

Penn State argues McQueary's reputation was harmed by public opinion about his decision not to go to police or child-welfare authorities when he saw Sandusky sexually abusing a boy in a team shower in 2001.

McQueary is seeking more than $4 million.