Willie Geist: “[Many] were surprised [Sandusky] was speaking publicly. Were you?”
Bob Costas, sportscaster: “Yes, very much so. I was set to sit down with his attorney, Joseph Amendola, and no more than 10, 15 minutes before the cameras were to roll, Amendola says ‘What if I can get Sandusky on the phone?’ And I’m thinking, ‘I wonder from your standpoint whether that’s the smartest thing to do, but at the same time, sure if you want to do it, let’s get him on the phone.’ And that’s what happened.
Geist: “So [was it] the attorney’s idea…or did Jerry want to come on the air?”
Costas: “I can’t say for sure whether they had conferred about it. Amendola, I think, spoke to Jerry…just a few minutes before, got his ok, and then came back and said ‘We’ll do it’, so we pivoted and made it an interview with Sandusky.