On the same day that one of Jerry Sandusky’s accusers alleged that Sandusky called himself “tickle monster”, Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports reports there is a small group of loyal supporters of Sandusky that refuse to believe that Sandusky is capable of being guilty of 52 charges of child molestation. And though many won’t speak on the record, a friend of 40 years named Joyce Porter has no problem doing so.
“When everyone was persecuting Jesus, someone had to stand with him,” Porter said.
It’s worth noting that Porter didn’t say Jerry Sandusky was Jesus, just that in her view the situation has similarities. Although she does hold the former Penn State defensive coordinator in the highest esteem.
“A saint,” she said. “A wonderful guy.”
Porter is part of a select group – the few, the proud, the ultra loyal. Each day of the Sandusky trial, a small cadre of family and friends huddle on the benches in the courtroom’s right side, not far from Sandusky’s defense table.
It’s usually just 6-10 people.
Most in the group avoid public comment. A few were willing to talk off the record or on background about Sandusky. Porter is different. She is unabashed in her support even though she knows how angry it makes people.
When a picture of her standing behind Sandusky after one legal proceeding appeared in the Altoona Mirror, she received outraged emails from family and friends.
“They were like, ‘What were you doing there? I’m shocked,’ ” Porter said. “And I said, ‘I’ve been his friend for 40 years. I’m not going to let that go. He just didn’t do these things.’ “