Jerry Sandusky is “extremely distraught” that Penn State’s football program has been hit with crippling penalties, his lawyer says.
But attorney Joseph Amendola said nothing about Sandusky having any remorse about the young boys he abused in the actions that led to the school being banned from bowl games for four years along with a $60 million fine and the erasing of 112 wins over 14 years.
The convicted child molester was “absolutely beside himself,” when he heard about the sanctions that the NCAA hit Penn State with, Amendola told the Centre Daily Times
of State College, Pa.
“He never, never dreamed that anything he was accused of doing would have this type of impact on Penn State — not only athletics, but the university as a whole,” Amendola said.
The lawyer said Sandusky — who is appealing his conviction on 45 counts of child abuse — should be remembered as “a critical part of the rise to prominence of Penn State football,” mentioning the national championships the Nittany Lions won in 1982 and 1986.
“Everyone should try to remember that Jerry was a part of that football program for 30 years and played football for Penn State in the early ’60s,”
Amendola said Sandusky intends to put his side of the story during his sentencing hearing. “He had looked forward to testifying at his trial, and because of unforeseen circumstances, that didn’t happen. Jerry views his sentence as an opportunity for him to tell his side of this.”
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