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Video: The Jerry Sandusky interview

As we noted earlier, Jerry Sandusky inexplicably decided to do his first extensive interview since being charged with 40 counts of child-sex abuse, speaking exclusively to NBC‘s Bob Costas via phone Monday night.

The video clip is below, and we won’t go through the exercise of rehashing the entire interview, with two exceptions.

One, outstanding job by Costas given the circumstances and material.  Not only should he be credited for somehow landing the interview, but he should be lauded for leaving the kid gloves off and coming right at the alleged pedophile, asking the questions that needed to be asked.

And, two, Sandusky’s long, peg-the-creepy-meter pause followed by a repeating of the question “are you sexually attracted to young boys?” was so damning, so disturbing.  In the eyes of the law, Sandusky is innocent until proven guilty.  Based on that 10-second or so sequence, it won’t be long until the presumption of innocence gives way to a guilty verdict in a court of law.

Below is the complete interview Costas conducted with Sandusky.

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28 Responses to “Video: The Jerry Sandusky interview”
  1. gatorword says: Nov 15, 2011 12:55 AM

    I don’t think he made his attorney’s job an easier with this interview.

  2. alligatorsnapper says: Nov 15, 2011 1:35 AM

    I have not been a big fan of Costas for some years now, but he asked the questions I would have asked without the obvious anger and emotion I would have displayed. Costas did a good job with a very difficult interview and landing it in the first place was a coup! As gatorword posted, Sandusky’s attorney must be livid. My wife could not watch the interview. We got our kids out of the room to see the stars with my wife. Thank God there were some stars to see.

    At times if I had something more than a pillow, I would have damage my somewhat new large screen LED HDTV. I’m glad a brick was not handy when Sandusky answered some of Costas’ questions, or I would be out alot of money. All the throw pillows and two coach cushions landed in a pile in front of the screen. My wife came in and saw it all and asked, “What happened here?” My answer: “Righteous anger.”

    Costas: “Did Joe Paterno ever speak to you about your behavior?”

    Sandusky: “No.”

    Why repeat the question?: “Am I sexually attracted to young boys, sexually attracted?”

    There goes my brick. Next for my Jimmy Wynn Houston Astros signature baseball bat (it looks like a club)… Nothing is too good (or too bad) for a child rapist.

  3. geogibso says: Nov 15, 2011 1:38 AM

    Apparently his attorney like children too…

  4. bobdawg602 says: Nov 15, 2011 4:19 AM

    These guys should not be allowed to live. Why have a death penalty if your not going to use it on people who rape our children? Its difficult to understand Gods will when it comes to this horror story…

  5. packmanfan says: Nov 15, 2011 4:23 AM

    I think he could be guilty and am angry about this to and am in no way defending him.
    I want the truth and I don’t think it’s right to judge him based on the pause of his answers.
    If that’s what we were going to started to be judged on when talking then all of us would be guilty of something.
    The media and the public is eating this up. We want justice and we want it now! And whatever that justice is, it may be too good for him.
    However, until we get to the truth or the facts that may come out in court, we will just have to be patient and respect the notion that he is innocent until proven guilty.
    Yes, he is guilty in the court of opinion but that is different than a court of law.
    We all need to take a collective deep breath and just wait and see for the truth to come out instead of just assuming he’s guilty based on his behavior in an interview. Especially if that interview is by phone .

  6. muhangis says: Nov 15, 2011 4:40 AM

    Once upon a time when I was a short lad I saw Sandusky’s cock myself in the rainy shower and it is huuuuggee! I asked “can u please put that in my arse?” He politely declined “no.” Forever my feelings were shattered.

  7. macdbeliever says: Nov 15, 2011 5:57 AM


    You’re an idiot.

  8. thevikes85 says: Nov 15, 2011 6:16 AM

    Hope this guy gets his comeuppance in prison just an absolute monster.@muhangis you’re a scumbag i don’t care if you’re a teenager or not you should know better.

  9. norcalirish says: Nov 15, 2011 8:12 AM

    Just when I thought this couldn’t get any more unbelievable…. enter the classic Michael Jackson defense.

  10. steeelfann says: Nov 15, 2011 8:19 AM

    How can homosexuals be allowed around children at all? I just do not understand our society.

  11. steeelfann says: Nov 15, 2011 8:20 AM

    The attorney made me sick as well.

  12. seatown12 says: Nov 15, 2011 8:31 AM

    Now in one last act of disrespect, this dirty old POS blatantly calls these kids liars… unbelievable. This guys gonna burn in hell.

  13. concernedcitizen001 says: Nov 15, 2011 9:39 AM

    I have heard this interview several times now, and I have to say that two things stand out to me each time I hear it:
    a) As previously mentioned, I think Costas hit a home run in not only securing this interview, but conducting it without kid gloves.
    B) Listening to Sandusky’s answers, it is so obvious that with every response he has to think about how to answer without self-incrimination.
    Now you may say, “Well what do you expect?” But what I mean by that is, if someone asked me the same questions, I would not only have a much stronger response but it would be without hesitation because I would have nothing to hide and thus not need to pre-think every word of my response. I would “flow” much easier if that makes sense. You can tell Sandusky is searching for a response that will limit the damage. But every time he opens his vile mouth and shows those vampire-like fangs, he just inserts his foot a little further. I’m sure the DA’s office is saying kudos to Sandusky’s attorney for the help!

  14. florida727 says: Nov 15, 2011 9:45 AM

    I’m not an attorney, but I work with a lot of them, so I guess I know just enough to be dangerous. I just don’t see how this many eyewitness allegations can be dispelled by even the best criminal defense attorney. McQueary seeing him raping a kid. The janitor seeing him performing oral sex on another kid. The “x” number of kids that’ll now come forward and testify to specific actions he did against them (most of those, by the way, will get discarded, unfortunately, as hearsay, absent any other eyewitness accounts).

    He’s either the unluckiest / most-targeted-by-a-conspiracy guy in the English-speaking free world… or he’s guilty. Costas asked the most telling question when he asked what the eyewitness’ motivation would be for lying about what they sought. What would a janitor gain by blowing the whistle on Sandusky? What would McQueary gain? If the answer is ‘nothing’, it makes their testimony that much more credible.

  15. cosmoman11 says: Nov 15, 2011 10:00 AM

    I did not watch the interview and I will not watch the posted video. Allowing Sandusky to come on national tv and proclaim his innocence is more exploitation of the children involved, only this time by NBC. I guess ratings are more important than compassion.

  16. eltex says: Nov 15, 2011 10:17 AM

    Ok, this interview went live, and we have a lot of other new stories out. New reports say that McQueary actually stopped what he saw, yet the reported grand-jury testimony doesn’t seem to indicate that. There are other reports backing up those McQueary claims.

    I think we might need to step back a few weeks/months, and let all this play out. We definitely don’t know all the facts in the case, and while the evidence against Sandusky looks strong, I don’t want to pass judgement on all the other players in this case, including McQueary and JoePa.

  17. southpaw2k says: Nov 15, 2011 10:22 AM

    cosmoman11 says:
    Nov 15, 2011 10:00 AM
    I did not watch the interview and I will not watch the posted video. Allowing Sandusky to come on national tv and proclaim his innocence is more exploitation of the children involved, only this time by NBC. I guess ratings are more important than compassion.


    I can see where you’re coming from, and to a certain extent I agree with you. It certainly is easy to forget the actual victims in a scandal such as this, and concentrate more on the (short term) effects on Joe Paterno and Penn State. However, I think Costas did a great job in focusing on the allegations themselves and treated the victims with due respect. Sandusky definitely did not do himself any favors by agreeing to this interview.

  18. mom90210 says: Nov 15, 2011 10:53 AM

    The fact that the guy didn’t think there was anything wrong with showering with children and members of his team is very telling. I thought at first Joe Paterno was being used as a scapegoat. But as a member of management, as a concerned individual, he should have done more to protect those kids (as should have the witnesses). It is a sad day when you can’t trust another adult with the safety of your child.

  19. screbels89 says: Nov 15, 2011 11:42 AM

    Yea, the winningest coach in NCAA history is gonna get canned because of “allegations”. You gotta be $hitting me, Jerry. It’s not like McQueary is looking for publicity with his testimony.

  20. 1historian says: Nov 15, 2011 12:25 PM

    This whole thing is incredibly slimy, and with costas’ going live on MSNBC,, no less, it gets even more so.

    I’m sure Al Sharpton will have something to contribute.

  21. mofoe56 says: Nov 15, 2011 12:32 PM

    “shouldn’t have showered with those kids”…..?yea, and maybe you shoudn’t have ****** a 10yr old boy in the *** while you were there either….allegedly….very interested to see just how deep the cover-up goes…..coached 20+ years in college football, you can’t tell me the rest of the coaching staff didn’t know…..

  22. baconholybacon says: Nov 15, 2011 2:10 PM

    Oh that old strawman, steeelfann?

    Child molesters often exert power and control over children in an effort to dominate them. They molest children for reasons apart from sexual desire, much as rapists enjoy power, violence and controlling their humiliated victims. Indeed, research supports that a child molester isn’t any more likely to be homosexual than heterosexual.

    Get that? Power, violence and control.

  23. giselleisasucubus says: Nov 15, 2011 2:18 PM

    showering w/children is frowned upon? Shocking. This guy probably has his NAMBLA card framed at his house.

  24. blastfurnaceknows says: Nov 15, 2011 3:36 PM

    Anyone else here still wonder why an alleged lying, child-rapist, who lives 50 feet from an elementary school was let out of jail on unsecured bail with only the “promise” he’d have no “contact” with children? The only good things that will come from that idiotic, biased (the judge has an affiliation with the Sandusky charity responsible for providing him with his victims) decision will be that Amendola and Sandusky will have so much time together to continue to further sink their own criminal defense efforts. Honestly, that interview was a real bad idea philosophically, but in practice in this case, it made Sandusky look like a NAMBLA spokeman and Amendola look like a creeper who likes to watch from the distance. (Yes, I know Amendola’s history indicates he likes hands-on contact with young people as well, but I digress).
    The second good thing to hopefully come from this idiotic decision is that District Justice Dutchcot will be removed from office for failing to disclose that obvious bias before letting the predator go back to his home with a children’s school and playground in his backyard.

  25. mook1987 says: Nov 15, 2011 4:40 PM

    “Costas cost us” said the attorney

  26. vikesfansteve says: Nov 15, 2011 5:44 PM

    Why does a child have to shower after practice? When we were kids some of us wouldn’t shower for weeks. Why does a coach need to shower after practice? Did he work up a sweat watching all the little boys tackling each other.

    Just look at Sandusky. No woman is ever going to touch him.

    No gay man will either because they have taste & eyes.

    Quasimoto tells Sandusky, dude you are a f#ckin ugly motha.

    So he has to use his position of power & influence to rape troubled children. What about all of his foster kids. What secrets are they hiding?

    Then the sick pervert goes on TV saying the kids are lying.

    I wouldn’t piss on that dude if he was on fire.

  27. pjmarn6 says: Nov 15, 2011 6:36 PM

    The circus continues. There is enough to put him away for life. You remember that Muslim Mufti in solitary confinement for his part in the first World Trade Center Bombing. Right next to time is another solitary confinement cell. Put Sandusky in it and forget about him.

  28. stevenfbrackett says: Nov 15, 2011 7:47 PM

    The lawyer was clearly trying to intimidate the victims into recanting or not cooperating with the prosecution as well as telling those considering coming forward, “Better not, kid. I will make you pay if you do.”

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