Jerry Sandusky has again been given a forum in which to claim he is innocent of the charges he was convicted of 9 months ago, this time through a NBC “Today” show interview with filmmaker John Ziegler, whose apparent ambition is to clear Joe Paterno of any responsibility for inaction or worse during the terrible years Sandusky hunted children within the Penn State community.
Several groups, most prominently the dynamic support group Male Survivor, have rightfully called out NBC and Today for airing the interview in what looks like an effort to boost ratings with a draw backward to a sensational case rather than any real effort to shed further light on the story.
The fact is, Sandusky’s reign of terror, heartbreak and destruction is widely documented, legally and factually established, and thankfully over. What matters now is not this miserable predator and whatever delusions he wishes to entertain in the twilight of his life. What matters is only the well-being of the men and boys who survived what Sandusky subjected them to, and what lessons can be learned in order to make such horrors less and less common.
The only positive thing, perhaps, that emerged from Today’s bad choice and Ziegler’s tone deaf crusade is the Paterno family’s distancing themselves from the effort. As Wick Sollers, a family attorney said, Sandusky’s comments were “transparently self-serving and yet another insult to the victims.”
So now, please, give this criminal no further exposure.