On the eve of his sentencing, the long-silent Jerry Sandusky elected to speak up.
Broadcast on PSUComMedia.com, available to be heard here, the man convicted for a multitude of heinous crimes maintained his innocence. For those expecting remorse, an apology, a closing of the wound of sorts, what they got was a guy as dedicated to his wrongful conviction as he has been from day one.
If the immediate move to discuss his appeal and his push to ask for a second chance makes your stomach hurt, that's OK, because it should. The move by Sandusky and his camp to release this statement was both absurd and insensitive.
It is a clear play to paint the myriad of victims as untrustworthy, unreliable and, ultimately, flat-out liars. A brilliant conspiracy woven together to get the Sanduskys for reasons he and his wife cannot understand.
Maintaining his innocence is remarkable, but it is the attacking of the victims that is truly worthy of vitriol. Not only were the individuals sexually assaulted and exploited, then forced to come forward about their experiences, now they are being used as pawns in Sandusky's coming appeal.
From his statement:
Evaluate the accusers and their families. Realize they didn't come out of isolation. The accusers were products of many more people and experiences than me. Look at their confidants and their honesty. Think about how easy it was for them to turn on me given the information, attention and potential perks. I never labeled or put down them or their families. I tried and I cared, then asked for the same.
Please realize all came to the Second Mile because of issues. Some of those may remain.
Look at the victims' honesty? Think about how easy it was for them to turn on me? Some of the issues that brought them to the Second Mile may still remain?
It's a strong push to blame the victims, claiming a grand conspiracy. This comes after Sandusky also pointed at the courts as to why he could not prove the conspiracy, due to inadequate preparation time.
The man on the eve of receiving his 30-year sentence (per the Associated Press, h/t FoxNews.com) reached out and pointed at everything but himself for the reason he'll spend the rest of his life in jail.
Watching the appeals process take shape is going to be interesting. The prosecution has to make sure its ducks are in a row and that it advances by the book to keep Sandusky in jail.