STATE COLLEGE — NBC plans to broadcast excerpts of prison interviews with Jerry Sandusky that were given to a documentary filmmaker working on a defense of the late Joe Paterno.
The network said in the segment — to be broadcast Monday on the “Today” morning show — the former Penn State assistant coach will discuss his former boss.
The iconic Paterno was fired in November 2011 when he was accused in a university-funded investigation of covering up allegations against Sandusky in a bid to preserve the football program's reputation. John Ziegler said Friday that he interviewed Sandusky over the phone several times and in person at Greene State Prison. The two exchanged letters.
Sandusky, 69, is serving a 30- to 60-year prison term for sex assaults on 10 boys, including attacks inside campus athletic facilities. He maintains his innocence.
NBC said Sandusky will talk about Mike McQueary, a then-graduate assistant who told Paterno in 2001 that he had seen Sandusky showering with a young boy in a locker room.
McQueary is pursuing a defamation and whistleblower lawsuit against Penn State.
Pennsylvania prison system spokeswoman Sue McNaughton said Friday that recording devices are not allowed during prison visits, but telephone calls can be taped.
“Mr. Sandusky is where he needs to be,” McNaughton said. “Rather than focusing on him, we wish the media would focus more on the victims and their recovery from the deeds of this individual.”
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