Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Filmmaker Claims Sandusky Interview Exonerates Paterno

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Filmmaker Claims Sandusky Interview Exonerates Paterno

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In a recorded phone conversation from prison with documentarian John Ziegler, broadcast on the "Today" show, former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky questioned the validity of former assistant coach Mike McQueary's testimony.

Ziegler today claimed that information from Sandusky, convicted on 45 counts of child sexual abuse, regarding Victim 2 would debunk the allegations of a coverup by former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. He is working on a documentary called "Framing Paterno," a defense of the late coach.

Sandusky said in one of the phone conversations with Ziegler that McQueary's story, involving Victim 2 from February 2001, had changed a lot. McQueary testified he saw something "extremely sexual" in the Lasch Football Building showers involving Sandusky and a boy. He then told Paterno, who reported the incident to former athletic director Tim Curley.

"I don't understand how anybody would have walked into that locker room or where he was and heard sounds that were associated with sex going on," Sandusky said. "I mean that would have been the last thing I would have thought about. I would have thought fooling around or maybe something like that."

"This is all about Joe Paterno's alleged culpability, which I don't believe the facts back up," Ziegler said on the show. "I believe he was railroaded."

The Paterno family released a statement after midnight today, condemning Mr. Ziegler's interview before they had seen it.

-- Mark Dent, The Pittsburgh Press

NHL: Penguins get Sharks defenseman

The Penguins have acquired defenseman Douglas Murray from San Jose in exchange for draft picks.

It is the team's second trade in as many days after the Penguins got winger Brenden Morrow from Dallas on Monday.

Murray, 33, is 6 feet 4, 240 pounds. He has no goals, three assists in 29 games for the Sharks this season.

-- Shelly Anderson, The Pittsburgh Press

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