Monday, November 14, 2011

The Jerry Sandusky interview with NBC News... (10:45 UPDATE)

10:45 p.m. EST: A link to the Costas-Sandusky interview.

10:25 p.m. EST: The Costas interview was well done, though any time that a piece is edited there is an opportunity to cherry pick certain answers and responses. Nevertheless, Sandusky was not badgered; he was allowed to respond to questions; and he provided, however flimsy some will say it was, a clarification of his actions.

What Sandusky also did was to make clear that the two men who say they saw him sexually assaulting boys in the Penn State football facility are wrong. He didn't use the word "lying," but then again he didn't have to.

Perhaps Sandusky is going to make credibility an issue. We already know from the grand jury report that one of the men -- a former janitor -- is now suffering from dementia and will not be able to testify. That leaves Mike McQueary, who until the other day was a young assistant coach with a seemingly bright future, on the firing line.

Yes, however many of the victims step into a courtroom and testify will assist in telling the story of what did take place at Penn State. But McQueary is the central character reference. Will a jury believe him when he states under oath that he saw Sandusky engaging in an inappropriate act with a young boy?

There remains no timetable for when the case will make it to trial.

10:10 p.m. EST: Sandusky: "I don't know what I can say" that would allow people to feel differently about him than they might know. He asks that people "hang on" until the legal case against him moves forward.

10:08 p.m. EST: Sandusky says "no" multiple times to questions as to whether former head coach Joe Paterno attempted to get involved in any investigation or to discuss with him what he might have been doing with any boys.

10:07 p.m. EST: Sandusky's attorney asserts that some of the boys are prepared to come forward to state that some of the most damaging allegations against the former assistant football coach did not happen.

10:06 p.m. EST: Sandusky: "I don't think these have been the best days of my life."

10:02 p.m. EST: Sandusky: "There are things that would be accurate" in the grand jury report, but he denies the most blatant accusations against him.

10:01 p.m. EST: The "tease" for the Costas-Sandusky scandal notes that Sandusky had a wide-open opportunity to say he is not sexually attracted to boys. He fumbled, miserably.

ORIGINAL POST: something you ought to watch, regardless of the emotions you've felt over the past week.

Let's credit NBC News for what in the television industry is called "a get." Tonight's interview provided Sandusky with his first chance to express his innocence. And as USA Today notes, he also admitted that some of the accusations against him are true.
"I could say that I have done some of those things. I have horsed around with kids I have showered after workouts. I have hugged them and I have touched their legs without intent of sexual contact.""I enjoy being around children. I enjoy their enthusiasm. I just have a good time with them."
When Costas pressed him, asking if he was willing to concede to any wrongdoing, Sandusky replied: "I shouldn't have showered with those kids."
That would certainly be true.

The interview airs on NBC tonight beginning at 10:00. I will live blog as best as I can.

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