James Franklin, Sandy Barbour and Penn State are being sued by a former team doctor, according to PennLive.
The suit claims that, on multiple occasions, Franklin pressured Dr. Scott A. Lynch and influenced his decisions on whether hurt players were healthy enough to play – although the full 43-page lawsuit does not list any specific incidents of that.
Lynch was relieved of his duties with the football team and as the director of athletic medicine back in March. He is seeking more than $50,000 in damages int he suit, stating that Penn State violated his rights as a whistleblower.
The former Penn State employee also alleges that the reason behind his firing breaches NCAA and Big Ten regulations, specifically the practices in place that bar coaches from interfering in the treatment of injured athletes.
At least one parent of a player at Penn State who has battled injuries has taken to social media to weigh in.
This is ABSURD!!! Absolute and total BS!!! As a parent of a son with an injury, @coachjfranklin and the entire staff have been nothing but supportive of our players and have their best interest at heart. None of this is true. https://t.co/wucNoDzfCQ
— Jen Simmons (@JenGroveSimmons) August 26, 2019
A former Penn State linebacker has also chimed in:
Lemme go ahead and save y’all the time of speculating…. this is complete and total BS straight up https://t.co/pzhr6tWFgX
— Jason Cabinda (@jasoncabinda) August 27, 2019
Below is the full 43-page lawsuit.
Stay tuned for more details.