Penn State Scandal: Why Jerry Sandusky Should Have Admitted His Guilt

Tom LoughreyAnalyst IIINovember 16, 2011

STATE COLLEGE, PA - NOVEMBER 10: On College Avenue, a crying Penn State Nittany Lion window painting marks a store front, November 10, 2011 in State College, Pennsylvania. Paterno was fired during the Penn State Board of Trustees Press Conference yesterday in the wake of a sexual abuse scandal involving former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Jerry Sandusky lost any chance he had for the slightest bit of respect by denying his guilt to Bob Costas in a highly-public interview that aired on NBC Monday night.

Kevin Dolak of ABC News reports that the interview caused the mother of victim No. 1 to speak out. She said her son was affected by Sandusky’s words and status.

"He said, 'Because I'm afraid. I'm afraid he'll go free.'"

Sandusky had no reason to take an interview. He could not defend his innocence—even if the charges were all false—because no one in the world is going to believe him. The only reason he should be speaking is if it’s to acknowledge the fact that he was wrong in what he did and apologize for his actions.

Will that make things better?

No, but that’s the only thing that anyone would consider true coming from the mouth of Sandusky at this point. It’s easy to deny something happened, but that’s what the courtroom is for.

If he admitted his guilt, at least people could move past the allegations into the fallout without having to worry that everything is a giant scam. It is a perfectly reasonable assumption to think Sandusky is guilty, but it’s nothing more than an assumption at this point.

If Sandusky cares about kids like he claims he does, he’d be doing the world a favor by admitting his guilt and keeping himself away from more bad situations. Maybe Sandusky doesn’t want to be imprisoned, but if he is guilty of the charges against him, he should understand he belongs there.

If Sandusky is guilty, he should step up and admit it. If not, he should keep his mouth shut.