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."
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with Ziegler, who also talks about Victim No. 2.