NBC to air interview with Sandusky
An interview with Jerry Sandusky is expected to be aired on NBC’s ”Today” show, a rare instance of the former Penn State assistant football coach giving his own side of the story.
The network said the Monday morning broadcast will include Sandusky’s remarks about his former boss Joe Paterno, who died two months after being fired following Sandusky’s arrest in 2011.
Sandusky’s lawyer Norris Gelman says the interview excerpts are from John Ziegler, a documentary filmmaker working on a defense of Paterno.
In a statement Sunday, Paterno family attorney Wick Sollers says Sandusky had the opportunity to speak under oath during his trial but he ”chose not to do so.”
Sandusky is serving a 30- to 60-year sentence after being convicted of child sexual abuse. He maintains his innocence and is pursuing appeals.
NBC said Sandusky also will also talk about Mike McQueary, a then-graduate assistant who told Paterno in 2001 he’d seen Sandusky showering with a young boy in a football locker room.
McQueary is pursuing a defamation and whistleblower lawsuit against Penn State.
Pennsylvania prison system spokeswoman Sue McNaughton said Friday that recording devices are not allowed during prison visits, but telephone calls can be taped.
”Mr. Sandusky is where he needs to be,” McNaughton said. ”Rather than focusing on him, we wish the media would focus more on the victims and their recovery from the deeds of this individual.”
Paterno’s firing by the school a few days after Sandusky was arrested in November 2011 has triggered a strong backlash among a segment of Penn State’s vast alumni ranks, among others. Ziegler is listed as a principal on a website titled: ”The Framing of Joe Paterno: Documenting an Outrageous Rush to Judgment.”
Sandusky is pursing appeals, and Sandusky defense lawyer Norris Gelman said Friday he was waiting for a briefing schedule to be set by Superior Court.
Paterno died of lung cancer last January, about two months after his firing.