Dottie Sandusky continues to maintain that her husband, Jerry, is not a pedophile, and she’ll defend him in an interview NBC will air Wednesday on the “Today” show.
Dottie Sandusky sat down with NBC’s Matt Lauer for the interview that was filmed Monday. The interview is the first on camera for Sandusky, the wife of the former Penn State assistant coach who was convicted in 2012 on 45 counts of child abuse and is serving a 30-year prison sentence.
“I know who Jerry is,” she told Lauer, according to a promo posted on the “Today” show’s website. “And I know he did not do the horrible crimes that he’s convicted of.”
Dottie Sandusky defended her husband during his criminal case and testified for him at his trial. Most recently, in January, she appeared at an appeal hearing in Harrisburg over his state pension forfeiture.
In a clip of the interview with Lauer, Dottie Sandusky teared up while talking about her husband.
“A friend had written to him and asked him what he missed, what did he take most for granted,” she told Lauer. “He said family meals, the fun time with the grandkids playing ball, doing special things with friends.”
“Today” airs from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. on WJAC-TV (Channel 6).
Dottie Sandusky and adopted son Jeff Sandusky also appeared on a video posted online by John Ziegler, a filmmaker who has become Jerry’s biggest public supporter. In that video, Dottie Sandusky said she was satisfied with the interview with Lauer and offered some thank-yous and apologies.
“I just hope that all the people that have been hurt know how sorry we feel for them that this happened to them,” Dottie Sandusky said, when Ziegler asked her something she wanted to mention in Lauer’s interview. “We appreciate all the work all the people have been doing that have been fighting to restore Joe (Paterno)’s image, and restore Penn State, and to hopefully help Jerry, and to all the people that have become friends of ours through this that we didn’t know before.”
Dottie Sandusky said she has yet to talk to Paterno’s widow, Sue, about what happened, and she’s eager to do so. Dottie Sandusky said she extended the offer when the two were at a funeral, but Sue Paterno said she needed to time to heal and hasn’t been in touch since.
“I just want the Paternos to know how sorry I am for their loss of their father, their grandfather, and her husband,” Dottie Sandusky said.
She also feels sorry for everyone caught up in the case and for “what the board of trustees did to Joe,” she said, referring to how Paterno was fired late the night of Nov. 9, 2011, days after the Sandusky case was made public.