Sunday, December 4, 2011

What Was Jerry's Lawyer Thinking?

Former Penn State Assistant Coach Jerry Sandusky is consistent, at least.  Allegations of his initial sexual assaults on young boys set off two waves of strong reaction.  First, his former boss Joe Paterno and other PS administrators were shocked that he was being accused of such things.

Then he told NBC News he didn't do anything wrong.  The outrage was greater when he finally defended himself.  Then it occurred to some so-called leaders that blaming potentially sexually abused children for their mistreatment was not gonna work.

Then Sandusky agreed to do a four-hour interview with the New York Times, reiterating that, in his mind, he didn't do anything wrong.

And the uproar was even greater.

At least once a day, someone calls and asks what advice would ICM give Penn State, or Jerry Sandusky.

The answer has been consistent.

Never say "no comment" or any variation on that term or concept.

However, there is one response that is appropriate and consistent with the "no comment" advice.

"This is an issue that is likely going to be resolved in the court of law, and  responses to those kinds of questions will best be answered in the court of law and not in the court of public opinion."

That IS an answer.  It is NOT a "no comment" and no lawyer or communication consultant could harm their client with that advice.

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