Bob Costas said he was prepared to interview Joseph Amendola, the attorney for Jerry Sandusky, when he arrived at the "Rock Center" studios on Monday night, reports Bill Carter in The New York Times’ Media Decoder blog.
But a few minutes before the start of the interview, the attorney asked, "What if I could get Sandusky on the phone?" Costas said. The interview was the first time Sandusky has publicly spoken since he was charged with 40 counts related to child abuse, the story points out.
A number of other attorneys interviewed on various cable news shows were surprised that Sandusky’s attorney would let him be interviewed.
"Some of the preparation I had done for the Amendola interview informed the questions I asked Sandusky, but I had not specifically prepared to interview Sandusky," Costas said.
The interview itself also contained a number of surprises, as TVWeek reported Tuesday. Among them were admissions by Sandusky that he showered with young boys and touched their legs.
Sandusky also raised eyebrows with his answer to another question, which Costas says he came up with on the spur of the moment.
Costas asked Sandusky whether he is sexually attracted to underage boys, the story notes.
Sandusky’s response: “Sexually attracted — you know, no, I enjoy young people. I love to be around them. But no, I’m not sexually attracted to young boys.”