WBAL-TV’s Gerry Sandusky: The number of hate tweets I’m getting is starting to go down

“I am fine,” Gerry Sandusky tells Romenesko readers. “It’s always been my wife and kids I worry about and last night even my wife laughed about the whole crazy situation. I take that as a very good sign.”

Just to be clear, the man who sent that email over the weekend is Gerry — not Jerry — Sandusky, the Baltimore Ravens radio broadcaster and WBAL-TV sports director. He’s spent much of this year explaining that he’s not the Penn State Sandusky, and why he won’t change his name. (“The easiest thing in the world for me to do in the short term would be to change my name. But if life has taught me anything — if the Penn State situation has taught America anything — it’s that doing the easy thing in the short term is almost never the right thing to do in the long term. I’m not going to make the same mistake they did.”)

“I lost track of the interview count when it passed 60,” says Sandusky, who has told his story to Sports Illustrated; to ESPN; his employer, WBAL-TV; and to many newspaper reporters and bloggers.

“I don’t get tired of interviews because I do them hoping they can bring strength to other people’s struggles, others who deal with far bigger problems then I face.”

Sandusky takes time to respond to the many tweets from people who think he’s the man who was convicted of child sex abuse.
For example:

* “Breathe and exhale Sammy. I’m Gerry with a G. Baltimore sportscaster. No relation to former Penn St coach,” he responded to a tweet that said, “Fuck you why are you still allowed to tweet!!! This is unfair what a jackass.”

* “I think you mean ‘you’re’ sick, not your sick. And no, I’m not. I’m Gerry with a G, no relation to the former Penn St coach,” he responded to someone who simply tweeted, “Your sick.”

* “No need to be outraged. I’m not related to the guy in jail. Have a great day,” he told @_Shocker_, who was upset that “now they r letting convicts use twitter in jail?!”

On the Sandusky Group blog, the broadcaster posts 20 lessons he’s learned from this “impossible situation,” including: “Be a winner, not a whiner. Don’t waste time whining about ‘why me.’ The world has enough whiners. It never has enough winners.”

The good news, he says, is that “the number of hate tweets I get has started to go down, in general.” Unfortunately, though, “they did flare up last week when Jerry Sandusky was sentenced.”

* Meet Gerry Sandusky, another victim of the PSU scandal (Dallas Morning News via courier-journal.com)
* Thanks to Jerry Sandusky, it’s hard being Gerry Sandusky (baltimoresun.com)
* WBAL-TV sports director not related to former PSU football coach (wbaltv.com)
* Scroll through @gerrysandusky’s tweets (allmytweets.net)


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