UCLA's Tom Bradley denies knowing about Jerry Sandusky abuse

ByKyle Bonagura ESPN logo
Thursday, August 11, 2016

LOS ANGELES --UCLAdefensive 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 atPenn Statedating 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."

Bradley left Penn State after serving as the interim coach in 2011 and spent the 2014 season as an assistant at West Virginia before being hired as the defensive coordinator at UCLA before the 2015 season.

Before being hired at UCLA, Bradley went through an extensive vetting process, according to UCLA coach Jim Mora.

"I know this about Tom: He is a man of integrity," Mora told ESPN.com at Pac-12 media days on July 14. "He's been vetted by a number of different people as well as UCLA -- very, very thoroughly. It took us a long time to hire him because our university takes these things very seriously. So we went through the process of vetting his background and his stories and he made a statement and he stands by that statement and I stand by him. I feel comfortable with that."