If you're like me, you wondered why in the heck Jerry Sandusky's attorneys would allow him to conduct an interview with Bob Costas while the investigation into his alleged sexual misconduct is still being investigated. Apparently Sandusky's lawyers advised him to do just that. Bob Costas, who conducted the interview with Sandusky via telephone, spoke with The Dan Patrick Show on Tuesday morning to discuss the interview, his reactions to Sandusky's comments and his take on the whole sordid situation. Here's a partial transcription of their conversation.
When he taped the interview with Jerry Sandusky:
"The interview was taped at 7:15 or 7:20 yesterday and then aired at 10:00 on Brian Williams show. When I spoke with you in the morning I thought the guy we were speaking with was going to be Joseph Amendola, his attorney, and we did in fact speak briefly with him. But literally 10 or 15 minutes before we were going to sit down with Amendola, Amendola said to me ‘what if I can get Sandusky on the phone? How would you feel about that?’ I said ‘let’s try and do it.’ So we just pivoted and made it Sandusky."
If there were any stipulations on what he could ask:
"No. None. And Amendola was sitting there the whole time as the cameras rolled."
What he said that shocked him:
"The description of the things that he will acknowledge doing that he seems to think were only mistakes in judgment. If you take the most benign possible interpretation, even take what he and his attorney concede, this is so highly inappropriate that such a person has no business regardless of whether somewhere in the mix of things they actually harbor a charitable impulse toward young children, that person has no business even with the minimum stipulations here being around young children on any kind of ongoing basis."