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Jerry Sandusky interviewed by Bob Costas

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MATT LAUER: This interview with former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky is making a lot of headlines this morning. ANN CURRY: That's right, and now this morning with the New York Times reporting that close to 10 more suspected victims have come forward since this story broke ... the story is just going to grow. LAUER: Sandusky has remained largely silent until last night. He gave his first extensive interview to NBC's Bob Costas, and Bob joins us this morning. Bob, good morning. COSTAS: Matt, Ann, good morning. First, a word of warning: The content of this interview is not appropriate for children. It's a blunt conversation -- Jerry Sandusky admitting to showering with young boys -- but beyond that, denying any sexual misconduct. SANDUSKY [via telephone]: "I say that I am innocent of those charges." Innocent? Completely innocent, and falsely accused in every aspect? "Well, I could say that … you know, I have done some of those things … "I have horsed around with kids. I … I have showered after workouts … "I, I have hugged them, and I … "I have touched their leg, without intent of sexual contact. ... "But um … so if, if you look at it that way, "there are things that ... that, uh ... "wouldn't -- uh, ... you know, would be accurate." Are you denying that you had any inappropriate sexual contact -- [overlapping] "Yes, I am --" ... with any of these underage boys? "Yes, I am." Never touched their genitals, never engaged in oral sex. "Right." What about Mike McQueary, the grad assistant, who in 2002 ... walked into the shower, where -- he says, in specific detail -- that you were forcibly raping a boy who appeared to be 10 or 11 years old? "I would say that that's false." What would be his motive to lie? "You'd have to ask him that." Are you a pedophile? "No." How would you account for so many accusations, coming from different people at different times -- many of whom undoubtedly feel shame over this, so they have no apparent motive ... to expose themselves to what might come along with this. They have no apparent motive. You have an obvious motive to either ... deny to yourself, or to deny to us, what you've been accused of. What's their motive to make the accusations? "I can't account for ... you know, their motives to make those allegations. I, you know ... "that's not for me to say. That would be for them to say." What did happen in the shower, the night that Mike McQueary ... happened upon you and the young boy? "OK, we were showering and, and horsing around ... "And he actually turned all the showers on and was, uh, actually sliding ... "across the, the floor. And, uh ... and we were, as I recall ... "possibly like, snapping a towel, and horseplay." In 1998, a mother confronts you about taking a shower with her son and inappropriately touching him. Two detectives eavesdrop on her conversations with you, ... and you admit that maybe, your private parts touched her son. What happened there? "I can't exactly recall ... what was said there. In terms of, uh, what I did say, was that ... "if he felt ... that way, then I was wrong, and I didn't want to leave that kind of impression. "I did lift him. And, um ... that's what I said." Shortly after that, in 2000, a janitor said that he saw you performing oral sex on a young boy ... in the showers, in the Penn State locker facility. Did that happen? "No." How could somebody THINK they saw something as extreme and shocking as that ... when it hadn't occurred, and what would possibly be their motivation to fabricate it? "You'd have to ask them." It seems ... that, if all of these accusations are false, you are the unluckiest and most persecuted man that any of us has ever heard about. "... I don't know what you want me to say. "I, I don't think that ... these have been the best days of my life. "The false allegations have stripped ... you know, so much of our life away, and ... "and so many things that were dear to us. "Um, so ..." You say you're not a pedophile ... "Right." ... but you're a man who, by his own admission, has showered with young boys -- highly inappropriate -- who has continually put himself in the presence of young boys: volunteer high school coach, volunteer at a small local college ... even after you were largely disassociated from Penn State, multiple reports ... of you getting into bed with young boys who stayed at your house, in a room in the basement. How do you account for these things? And if you're not a pedophile, then what are you?

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Duration: 11 minutes and 4 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: msnbc.com
Views: 1,864
Posted by: justderek on Nov 15, 2011

From the opening of NBC's "Today Show," 11/15/2011 - Bob Costas replays the most complete clip of his interview with Jerry Sandusky, former Penn State assistant football coach charged with molesting at least eight underage boys who were participants in his charitable organization. Uncaptioned version is at http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/45302183/ns/today-today_people/

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