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NBC sportscaster Bob Costas scores with Jerry Sandusky exclusive

For all the hype about big journalists, it's Costas who puts 'Rock Center' on the map

November 15, 2011|By David Zurawik | The Baltimore Sun

JERRY SANDUSKY:
How would you think that I would feel about a university that I attended, about people that I've worked with, about people that I care so much about? And I mean how do you think I would feel about it? I feel horrible.

BOB COSTAS:
You feel horrible. Do you feel culpable?

JERRY SANDUSKY:
I'm not sure I know what you mean.

BOB COSTAS:
Do you feel guilty? Do you feel as if it's your fault?

JERRY SANDUSKY:
Guilty--?

BOB COSTAS:
This is your fault?

JERRY SANDUSKY:
No I don't think it's my fault. I've obviously played a part in this.

BOB COSTAS:
How would you define the part you played? What are you willing to concede that you've done that was wrong and you wish you had not done it?

JERRY SANDUSKY:
Well, in retrospect, I-- you know, I shouldn't have showered with those kids. You know

BOB COSTAS:
That's it?

JERRY SANDUSKY:
Well that-- yeah, that's what hits me the most.

BOB COSTAS:
Are you a pedophile?

JERRY SANDUSKY:
No.

BOB COSTAS:
Are you sexually attracted to young boys, to underage boys?

JERRY SANDUSKY:
Am I sexually attracted to underage boys?

BOB COSTAS:
Yes.

JERRY SANDUSKY:
Sexually attracted, you know, I enjoy young people. I love to be around them. But no I'm not sexually attracted to young boys.

BOB COSTAS:
Obviously you're entitled to a presumption of innocence and you'll receive a vigorous defense. On the other hand, there is a tremendous amount of information out there and fair-minded common sense people have concluded that you are guilty of monstrous acts. And they are particularly unforgiving with the type of crimes that have been alleged here. And so millions of Americans who didn't know Jerry Sandusky's name until a week ago now regard you not only as a criminal, but I say this I think in a considered way, but as some sort of monster. How do you respond to them?

JERRY SANDUSKY:
And I don't know what I can say or what I could say that would make anybody feel any different now. I would just say that if somehow people could hang out until my attorney has a chance to fight, you know, for my innocence. That’s about all I could ask right now. And you know, obviously, it's a huge challenge.



 

 

 

 

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