A filmmaker "trying to get Joe Paterno his day in court" released excerpts Monday of a phone conversation with convicted child predator Jerry Sandusky, in which Sandusky takes issue with his court case, including the testimony of a former Penn State football assistant coach who witnessed Sandusky abuse a boy in 2001.
In excerpts shown on NBC's "Today," Sandusky said he doesn't understand how Mike McQueary "would have walked into that locker room and thought that sex was going on." McQueary testified in court that he witnessed Sandusky abuse a boy in the Penn State football locker room in 2001.
Speaking further about McQueary's testimony, Sandusky said, "I think a lot of things transpired, I think these investigators, the way they went about business. [McQueary's] story has changed a lot. I think he said something and then it escalated on him even. There's a lot of suggestive questioning."
The interview was culled from footage being used in the forthcoming documentary, "The Framing of Joe Paterno," in which conservative filmmaker John Ziegler examines the legal case surrounding Sandusky's crimes.
After the conclusion of Sandusky's trial, Ziegler posted numerous entries on the film's website, calling the media firestorm that surrounded the dismissal of former Penn State Head Football Coach Joe Paterno "unfair as any I have ever seen," and "combined some of the worst elements of both the reporting of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the 2008 presidential election."
Sandusky was sentenced to no less than 30 years but no more than 60 years in prison after being found guilty on 45 counts of sexual abuse in June 2012.
Ziegler went on to say that the victim McQueary saw Sandusky abusing, known in the trial as "Victim #2," has flip-flopped on his story since being questioned by police and FBI since 2011. Ziegler believes that the evidence indicates that McQueary did not witness an assault, but rather a botched "grooming." Victim #2 never testified in court.
Ziegler says this testimony is the smoking gun as to why Paterno was "railroaded" by the university. Penn State fired Paterno days after a grand jury indicted Sandusky on sexual abuse charges.
The Paterno family released a statement to NBC, saying it had no role in the obtaining or release of the Sandusky interview, and the use of the interview to exonerate Paterno is misguided and unfair.
Joe Paterno's son Scott also took to Twitter Sunday, saying, "If John had a credible way to exonerate Dad, why would we oppose it? Think about that."