Earlier this morning, Dottie Sandusky—the wife of former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky—did her first-ever TV interview with Today host Matt Lauer and talked at length about her husband and the crimes that he's been accused of committing over the course of the last couple of years. And during that interview, she was adamant about the fact that her husband did not commit the crimes. In fact, she went as far as to say that he's completely innocent.
"I think people need to know that Jerry is not guilty," she said in the pre-recorded interview. "I'm not saying the accusers lied but I'm saying I don't believe their stories because there is evidence that cannot be let out at this time that their stories are not true."
She also claimed that lawyers are to blame for all of the accusations made against her husband.
"I think it was, [Sandusky's victims] were manipulated, and they saw money," she said. "Once lawyers came into the case, they said there was money."
And she finished up by answering all of her critics out there who have given her grief for not leaving Sandusky in light of what he did.
"I'm not a weak spouse," she said. "As you know, my name—they call me 'Sarge' because Jerry said I kept everybody in line. If they want to say that, let them say that. I know who I am. And I know who Jerry is. And I know he did not do the horrible crimes he's been convicted of."
It was quite an interview. And as you might expect, people—specifically, people on Twitter—did not respond well to it. To show you just how pissed off a lot of people were about the interview, we gathered up 25 of the craziest Twitter reactions to Dottie's interview. Here's how mad she made people this morning:
I find it very awkward and uncomfortable that Dottie Sandusky does not think her husband is a rapist. That's a special kind of ignorance.— Ellen (@ellenmellon1) March 12, 2014
Just watched the Dottie Sandusky interview and it makes me sick. Crying for your husband? How about crying for the boys he abused? #Denial— Jessica Troy (@Jat0725) March 12, 2014
Dottie Sandusky thinks Jerry Sandusky "isn't the monster" people have made him out to be... FOR RAPING CHILDREN. Are you high?— Charles Clymer (@cmclymer) March 12, 2014
In other words, Dottie Sandusky condones her Husband behavior..? DISGUSTING— The Snowman (@jozaluk) March 12, 2014
He showered with children and that's okay? Lady, what the fuck is wrong with you? #DottieSandusky— NicNack (@Nic4Nack) March 12, 2014
#DottieSandusky Needs to be in a cell right along side her husband.— sabra kelly (Rickel) (@sabrakelly) March 12, 2014
OMG! Dottie should be in jail with her husband! No victims???? She was fully aware of Sandusky's actions! They are both guilty! #orangeroom— Linda Stewart (@Lastew2009) March 12, 2014
Dottie Sandusky is in need of some serious mental care. Denial is probably the only way she can cope with what he did?— 3ChicsPolitico (@3ChicsPolitico) March 12, 2014
No, Dottie Sandusky, they weren't manipulated by lawyers, they were raped by your disgusting excuse for a husband. @TODAYshow— Patrick (@QuadCityPat) March 12, 2014
Dottie Sandusky should probably be thrown in jail, not be thrown softballs by Matt Lauer. #orangeroom— Buzz_Patriot (@Buzz_Patriot) March 12, 2014
Watching Dottie Sandusky on @TODAYshow. This is a woman who gets it. And by "gets it," I mean, "doesn't get it."— Jim Lokay (@lokay) March 12, 2014
Dottie Sandusky. Go away. Stop it. The court has spoken definitively and I'm damn sure the court of public opinion has as well. Enough!— Clutter Eliminator (@ClutterElim) March 12, 2014
Dottie Sandusky must not have seen her husband was charged with over forty counts of child molestation— Jordan Donmoyer (@jdipper23) March 12, 2014
#DottieSandusky There's a special place in hell with your name on it— carol siskind (@carolsiskind) March 12, 2014
Dottie Sandusky's interview... Oh my god.— sarah irwin (@sarahjirwin) March 12, 2014
If delusion were a crime, Dottie Sandusky would be squirming in the electric chair.— Mark Perigard (@MarkPerigard) March 12, 2014
Hey Dottie Sandusky Victims want JUSTICE not MONEY !— The Snowman (@jozaluk) March 12, 2014
Dottie Sandusky should be ashamed of her new found fame, should have gotten divorced and changed her name.— Tyra Simpson (@THEHATERHUNTER) March 12, 2014
#DottieSandusky and her Atty are SCUMBAGS. I believe she knew and chose to ignore it. Accusing them of lying = violating them twice.— Valerie Carchia (@ShutUpUmutt) March 12, 2014
Rain, rain, go away...and please take Dottie Sandusky with you.— Matt Popchock (@PopchockSays) March 12, 2014
Dottie Sandusky is just as guilty as her vile husband and no one believes her— Dina (@uberfreude) March 12, 2014
Dottie Sandusky is a piece of human trash— David (@Steelersman58) March 12, 2014
NBC sucks for even giving Dottie Sandusky the platform to spew nonsense— Dominic (@Jagerdom) March 12, 2014