Jerry Sandusky Interview: Most Shocking Remarks from Interview with Bob Costas

Eric BallFeatured ColumnistNovember 15, 2011

We have heard from practically the entire Penn State campus, now it’s time to hear from the man that created this horrific mess.

Former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, who is accused of 40 counts of molesting young children, conducted an interview with Bob Costas on NBC’s new show Rock Center.

It’s pretty hard to watch, and the answers Sandusky gave do little to convince you of he's an innocent man—or feel sorry for him whatsoever.

He first tells Costas he is innocent of all of the chargers and then changes his story:

I could say that, you know, I have done some of those things. I have horsed around with kids, I have showered after workouts. I have hugged them and I have touched their leg without intent of sexual contact, but, um, so if you look at it that way, there are things that would be accurate.

Costas, who did magnificent job with the interview, asked him about the statement Mike McQueary made about a 2002 incident where the receivers coach testified to a grand jury that it sounded like Sandunsky and a young boy were engaging in sexual conduct in the Penn State showers. Sandusky gave his version of the story:

We were showering and horsing around, and he actually turned all the showers on and was actually sliding across the floor and, as I recall, possibly snapping a towel and horseplay.

In 1998, a mother approached him about talking a shower with her son. He admits to feeling guilt at the time despite claiming he didn’t completely remember the situation:

I can’t exactly recall what was said there. In terms of what I did say was that if he felt that way then I was wrong.

The main thing to take away from this is that Sandusky really doesn’t have any sort of excuse to justify the countless amount of times he was accused of molesting young boys.

Costas gave him a chance to offer some sort of confession for anything he may have done wrong by asking if there was anything he had done that was wrong and that he wished he hadn't done:

I shouldn’t have showered with those kids.

That’s what hits me the most.

Costas then asked Sandusky if he is sexually attracted to young boys:

Am I sexually attracted to young boys? Sexually attracted? No, you know, I enjoy young people. I love being around them, but no, I’m not sexually attracted to young boys.

His final statement doesn’t gain him any sympathy:

I don’t know what I can say or what I could say that would make anybody feel any different now. I would just say that if somehow people could hang on until my attorney has a chance to fight, you know, for my innocence, that's about all I could ask right now. You know, obviously it's a huge challenge.

It sure is.

While it’s shocking that his lawyer would allow him to conduct the interview, give him credit for going through with it.

Too bad he only hurt his case by doing so.

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