Is what he did deplorable? Absolutely. But why not just admit that he did wrong and apologize and move on? What kind of advisers does this man have? Or did he decide all on his own that denying that he even remembered the incident was the best move? How can this be good for him?
And I find it interesting that he says he knows he never thought the kid was gay...but no, he doesn't remember beating him up. But he KNOWS he didn't think he was gay.