Jerry Sandusky's Lawyer Initiated The Interview With Bob Costas

Wednesday November 16th, 2011

Accused child abuser and former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky sat for an interview with Bob Costas on NBC's Rock Center Monday night, a decision that left many scratching their heads. Sandusky did little to clear his name, and gave awkward, uncomfortable answers to Costas's pointed questions.  More than one pundit asked why Sandusky's lawyer Joseph Amendola  would have allowed the interview to take place; according to a report on the New York Times Media Decoder blog, Amendola did more than that: apparently, the whole thing was his idea.

It was Amendola that Costas was originally slated to interview, until the attorney threw out a curveball:  “About 10 or 15 minutes prior to the start of the interview,” Costas told the Times, “Amendola says to us, on his own: ‘What if I could get Sandusky on the phone?’ ”

Which, in turn, led to an interview in which Sandusky acknowledged that he had “horsed around with kids," "showered after workouts," and that "I have hugged them and I have touched their legs without intent of sexual contact.” According to Deadspin, the actual interview lasted for 15 to 20 minutes, longer than what was aired, and that additional excerpts will air on other NBC-owned broadcasts beginning Tuesday night on Versus's SportsTalk.

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