Costas’ Sandusky interview let viewers draw own conclusions

Costas’ Sandusky interview let viewers draw own conclusions – Bob Costas’ interview Monday with Jerry Sandusky on NBC stood out for something it wasn’t: It wasn’t about the interviewer using the occasion to call attention to himself.

Costas’ Sandusky interview let viewers draw own conclusions

Jerry Sandusky declared his innocence Monday night, telling Bob Costas in a telephone interview aired on NBC’s Rock Center that he is not a pedophile and has no sexual attraction to young boys. Sandusky did admit to showering with some of the children that he’s worked with over the years, as well as physical “horseplay,” but maintains it was always “without the intent of sexual contact.”

“Innocent? Completely innocent, and falsely accused in every aspect?” Costas asked.

I have horsed around with kids, I have showered after workouts,” Sandusky replied. Sandusky admitted that he showered with a young boy the night that Mike McQueary claims he saw Sandusky forcibly raping a child, but he denied there was any sexual activity. As for what McQueary’s motive to lie might be, Sandusky refused to speculate. When Costas asked what actually happened that night, Sandusky replied: “OK, we were showering and horsing around, and he actually turned all the showers on and was actually sliding across the floor,” he said. That identity of the young boy was never discovered by the grand jury investigation, but Sandusky’s attorney Joseph Amendola told Costas later in the program that he has identified that child, who apparently backs up Sandusky’s version of events.

Jerry Sandusky Interview: ‘I Shouldn’t Have Showered With Those Kids’

“Until now,” said Costas, “we were told that alleged victim could not be identified.”

“Well, by the Commonwealth [of Pennsylvania],” said Amendola.

“You have identified him?” asked Costas.

Costas also asked Sandusky about being confronted with the mother of one of his alleged victims in 1998.

“A guy falsely accused, or a guy whose actions have been misinterpreted doesn’t respond that way, does he?”

“I don’t know, I didn’t say to my recollection that I wish I were dead,” Sandusky said. In 2000, a janitor told his supervisor that he saw Sandusky performing oral sex on a young boy in the showers of Penn State’s athletic facility, another charge that Sandusky flatly denied.

“I don’t know what you want me to say,” Sandusky replied. Sandusky denied that Joe Paterno, Penn State’s former head coach who was fired in the wake of the grand jury presentment, ever spoke to him about the allegations. Costas asked. “Do you feel as if its your fault?”

I obviously played a part in this,” Sandusky said.

Costas asked. “Well, in retrospect, I shouldn’t have showered with those kids.”

Near the end of the interview, Costas asked Sandusky if he was sexually attracted to young boys. Sandusky repeated the question before answering.

“Am I sexually attracted to underage boys? Sexually attracted? You know, I enjoy young people. Costas ended his interview by telling Sandusky that while he’s presumed innocent in court, a lot of people have looked at the mountain of evidence working against him and have already made up their mind.


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