Last night, Jerry Sandusky was interviewed by telephone by NBC’s Bob Costas on “Rock Center.” Sandusky, of course, is the former assistant football coach at Penn State who is accused child sexual abuse against eight alleged victims. When asked by Costas if he is a pedophile, Sandusky replied with a curt, “No.” But he did admit, ”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.” He also admitted to some wrongdoing, saying, “I shouldn’t have showered with those kids.”
Of the 2002 incident, in which former graduate assistant coach Mike McQueary allegedly saw Sandusky anally raping a young boy, Sandusky says he recalls, again, just “horsing around.”
“We were showering and horsing around, and he actually turned all the showers on and was actually sliding across the floor, and we were, as I recall, possibly like snapping a towel – horseplay,” he said.
And why would McQueary lie? “You’d have to ask him,” said a fatigued and vaguely annoyed-sounding Sandusky.
Costas also asked Sandusky, straight up, if he is sexually attracted to young boys, and Sandusky responded: “Sexually attracted, no. I enjoy young people, I love to be around them, but, no, I’m not sexually attracted to young boys.” [Huffington Post]