Jerry Sandusky Speaks

Talks Paterno, McQueary in telephone interviews

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 25, 2013 7:55 AM CDT

(Newser) – Jerry Sandusky says that if Penn State coach Joe Paterno "absolutely thought" he was a pedophile, he would not have let him coach. "If he had a suspicion, I don't know the answer to that," he says. He made the statement in the course of 3.5 hours of telephone interviews with filmmaker John Ziegler, who is making a documentary in defense of Paterno; it's the first interview Sandusky has given since he began serving his sentence, and portions of the conversation aired on the Today show this morning. More:

  • On witness and former assistant coach Mike McQueary: "I don't understand how anybody would have walked into that locker room from where he was" and concluded "that was sex going on ... I mean, that would have been the last thing I would have thought about. I would have thought maybe fooling around or something like that."
  • On what was actually going on in the locker room with "Victim No. 2": "[The then-10-year-old boy] always, no matter what he did, he would always get the last lick in. He would get the last smack. And then I would kind of chase him, and I ran into a wall. But then I was like pulling him back to go back into the area of shower where we were showering, and then that was it. I never saw Mike McQueary. I don't know whether the young man saw him."
Click to watch the interview with Ziegler, who also talks about Victim No. 2.

In this Dec. 13, 2011 file photo,?Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach charged with sexually abusing boys, leaves the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa.
In this Dec. 13, 2011 file photo,?Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach charged with sexually abusing boys, leaves the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
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