Yesterday, a report was shared regarding a lawsuit being directed at Penn State and James Franklin alleging that Franklin pressured a team doctor to say hurt players were healthy enough to return to play.
Over the course of the day yesterday, a number of former players and parents of players took to social media to call the allegations completely false and baseless.
Later on in the day, Penn State Health – the arm of the university that oversaw former team doctor Scott Lynch, who has filed the lawsuit- issued a statement. The statement read in part, via PennLive:
“In February 2019, Penn State Health administrators decided to change leadership for athletic medicine and the delivery of care for Intercollegiate Athletics. This transition was completed with the best interests of student-athletes in mind, given the increasing complexity and growing demands of sports medicine, as well as health care in general,” it reads.
“While we reject Dr. Lynch’s claims and will vigorously defend our program and its representatives, we remain grateful to him for his five years as director of athletic medicine for Intercollegiate Athletics and for his continued association with Penn State Health.”
Today, at the podium to discuss this week’s game, Franklin opened with a brief, but very clear, statement on the allegations.
James Franklin responds to lawsuit filed by former team doctor, Scott Lynch pic.twitter.com/7J3woaoatA
— Penn State Football (@psufootball) August 27, 2019
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