Jerry Sandusky’s wife, Dottie, gave her first public interview with TODAY’s Matt Lauer and professed her belief that her husband is innocent. She also blamed the victims who were sexually abused as children by Sandusky, who was convicted on 45 of 58 charges of sexual abuse in June 2012, of being greedy.
“Do I believe him?’’ she told Matt Lauer. “I definitely believe him. Because if I didn’t believe him, when I testified at trial, I could have not said what I said. I would have had to tell the truth.”
She believes the victims’ financial gain was at play.
“I think it was, they were manipulated, and they saw money,’’ she said. “Once lawyers came into the case, they said there was money.”
Dottie Sandusky and filmmaker John Ziegler — who believes Sandusky to be innocent and believes Joe Paterno was unjustly fired — responded to Lauer mentioning that public sympathy is hardly on their side by saying:
“Look, the reality is, I understand exactly what you’re saying,’’ Ziegler said. “People will think that this is insane because they were given a perception of this case that was totally wrong.”