On Monday during MSNBC’s Rock Center with Brian Williams, acclaimed sports reporter Bob Costas made a call to Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant coach who was arrested on November 5, 2011 for sexually assaulting eight young boys over a span of 15 years.
Sandusky, who hosted various summer football camps for kids after retirement and is now charged with 40 counts of sexual abuse, was asked bluntly but professionally by Costas if indeed he is a pedophile, to which he replied, “No.” He went on to say,
“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.”
“I enjoy young people. I love to be around them. Ummm, I, no…I’m not sexually attracted to young boys.” When Costas asked him if he felt he did anything wrong, he responded, “I shouldn’t have showered with those kids.”
The whole thing was downright creepy and reminiscent of the time Michael Jackson admitted to sharing his bed with young boys, as if it were not suspect or strange.