We have been wondering when former Penn State defensive coordinator and accused pedophile Jerry Sandusky would break his silence.
Sandusky spoke up for the first time on Monday night, calling in for an exclusive interview with NBC's Bob Costas — and let's just say his self defense didn't do him many favors.
Costas questioned Sandusky about his culpability for the 40 counts of child sexual abuse outlined in the grand jury report, and Sandusky claimed,
I am innocent of those charges. . . Well, 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. . . So if you look at it that way, there are things [in the indictment that] would be accurate."
Throughout the interview, it's clear that Sandusky feels uncomfortable with the accusations (who wouldn't?), but he gives little reason for the public to believe in his innocence.
Sandusky gives a farfetched account of what "really occurred" during the incident that assistant coach Mike McQueary witnessed in the shower of the Penn State footbal team's locker room. He refuses to acknowledge the credibility of a janitor's eyewitness account that the coach fellated another young boy, despite a seemingly obvious lack of motivation for fabrication on the janitor's part.
The only thing that Sandusky regrets is showering with the kids.
When asked whether he was sexually attracted to young boys, Sandusky flounders, "Sexually attracted? You know, I enjoy young people, I love to be around them, I — but no, I am not sexually attracted to young boys."
But this will possibly draw the most flak from Penn State fans: Although he feels "horrible" about the way the scandal has affected Penn State, the football program and his former colleagues — including the high profile firing of head coach Joe Paterno and university president Graham Spanier — Sandusky denies that the fault is his alone.