Jerry Sandusky Scandal: Reporter Arrested for DUI After Party with Joe Amendola

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistDecember 21, 2011

BELLEFONTE, PA - DECEMBER 13:  Joe Amendola, attorney for former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, talks with the media in front of the Centre County Courthouse on December 13, 2011 in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. Sandusky attended a preliminary hearing on charges he sexual abused 10 boys.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Jerry Sandusky's lawyer, Joe Amendola hosted a party over the weekend with media being invited to his house to watch football and try to bargain for an interview with the former Penn State assistant. The event led to the arrest of NBC News correspondent Jay Gray for a DUI, according to a report on TMZ.

The report says that Gray was arrested at 1:45 a.m. on December 12 after drinking heavily during the football game.

One source familiar with the party tells TMZ ... Gray got "really drunk" during the game.  Sometime after midnight, Gray left the party and began driving.  He was stopped by a Pennsylvania State Police officer for a traffic violation, which quickly turned into a DUI stop.   

According to police records obtained by TMZ, "He [Gray] had been drinking and was arrested for DUI."  The time of arrest was 1:45 AM on December 12. 

I can understand why members of the media would be socializing with Amendola, because they all want an exclusive interview. But the fact that someone would actually be sitting around and socializing with him in a party atmosphere, whatever that means for these people, is shocking. 

The media has an obligation to remain neutral in any story. You have to do whatever you can to get the story, but you can't show favoritism one way or another. 

What this get together tells me is that Amendola was trying to get on the good side of the reporters that showed up and he managed to get one of them, that we know of, in his good graces. 

Now, Gray could lose his job, at least that's what my first thought was, and Amendola's image takes another hit. I know that this case is about Sandusky and his alleged transgressions, but the perception of his lawyer in the eyes of the public is important. 

Amendola is an interesting character on his own, and when you add the whole Sandusky circus to the situation, he buries himself with the things that he says and the way that he conducts himself.