Jerry Sandusky spoke briefly to reporters outside the Centre County Courthouse after Friday’s hearing. Following are his remarks:
“I just want to say I don’t have a lot of resources, but what I do have is the people who will pour their heart and soul into defending me. I’m grateful for them, grateful for the people who have stood beside me and given me the opportunity at some point in time to reach out and express our feelings.
“Now they’re human, and when I say that I might be upset with them tomorrow, he doesn’t realize he’s human, but that’s OK.
“My purpose, if I understood it, from being here today was first of all, to support the motion that Joe Amendola made, that involved me being sensitive to people who have been a part of my life for a long time. Friends who call me and who want to be with me and who want to see me, and I have to say, No, I can’t. And they ask why, so I asked Joe why. That’s why he brought it up.
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“When I had a wife who came home after visiting with grandchildren or who’s sitting there when grandchildren call on my birthday and they ask to talk to me, and she has to tell them they can’t, I’m sensitive to that. And when she comes home from visiting with grandchildren and tells me that one of them said that, the only thing that I want from my birthday is to be able to see Pop, I’m sensitive to that. That’s why I came today.
you know, to address their concerns for me being on my deck. Our home has been open for 27 years to all kinds of people — people who have stayed there, people, hundreds of people who stayed there, more than that who have visited there. I’ve associated with thousands of young people over years. And now, all of a sudden, because of allegations and perceptions that have tried to have been created of me, now I can’t take our dog on my deck and throw out biscuits to him. Now all of a sudden these people turn on me when they’ve been in my home with their kids, when they’ve attended birthday parties, when they’ve been on that deck, when their kids have been playing in my yard, and when their kids have been sled riding, when they’ve asked to sled ride in our home. It’s difficult for me to understand, to be honest.
“You know what, knowing the people that stand by me, you know, if those people came back and said, you know that door would open again. That’s the kind of people they are. I’m just grateful for them and I’ve got to go home and think about all the people who support us. Thank you.”