"He's not who they say he is," Dottie Sandusky continues her statements to the Centre Daily Times. The wife of former Penn State assistant football coach -- and convicted pedophile -- Jerry Sandusky stands by her man, no matter how damning trial evidence and the court of public opinion has become. The child molestation scandal, which has also destroyed the reputation of former head football coach Joe Paterno and resulted in severe sanctions leveled against the school, does not appear to shake the faith Mrs. Sandusky has in her spouse. She looks back on four decades of life with the convict; not even a conviction and victims' testimony can shake the foundation of the relationship she built with the former assistant coach. Then again, doth the lady "protest too much" (to quote the bard)?
It is true love (it has to be)
As noted by the New York Times, Jerry Sandusky was convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys. Out of 48 counts, the jury returned a guilty verdict on 45. Although a prison term has not yet been announced, the odds are good that the 68-year-old former coach will live out the rest of his life in prison. Since there is no chance that Mrs. Sandusky will ever have the quiet family life she previously enjoyed, her decision to stand by her man must be a sign of true love -- or is it?
A bad case of the blinders (homegrown!)
Jerry Sandusky, so the Observer Reporter highlights, wrote in his autobiography that trouble followed him wherever he went. Is this excuse -- after all, trouble is not so much a follower as it is the result of personal choices -- a signpost of the interactions that defined the Sandusky marriage? Perhaps Mrs. Sandusky refuses to believe that her husband and adoptive father of six could be to blame for anything; it was pesky "trouble" and not actual decisions and activities that led to the conviction. "He always said the right things, he made you feel fine," a childhood friend said. Could it be that Mrs. Sandusky, too, swallowed the words -- hook, line and sinker? A blind faith this strong could explain her words, "He's not who they say he is."
Then again, perhaps deep down Dottie Sandusky is desperately trying to convince herself that she has not been duped.
Centre Daily Times; "Dottie Sandusky says convicted husband Jerry is 'not who they say he is'"
New York Times; "Sandusky Guilty of Sexual Abuse of 10 Young Boys"
Observer Reporter; "Childhood friends wonder if they really knew Jerry Sandusky"