Report: PSU Coach Franklin told former player not to talk to police after fight


According to a report, Penn State football coach James Franklin told one of his players to avoid talking to police after a fight with a linebacker in 2018.

The university report, obtained by ESPN, says the fight involved, “punching, choking and a knife being pulled.”

Former defensive back Isaiah Humphries' comments are in a draft report that was part of a Title IX looking into sexual assault allegations in the Nittany Lion locker room.

Humphries says he got into a fight with Micah Parsons and that Franklin told him, "Don't talk to the police because Micah is his start [sic] player and makes money, so if he gets in trouble, he's gone." The investigator clarified that "he's gone" referred to Humphries.

The University sent a statement to ESPN that said Franklin did not tell Humphries to not talk to police and that they believe Franklin.

Humphries, now with the Cal Golden Bears, filed a lawsuit in January claiming four of his teammates at PSU hazed him.

Humphries is the son of former NFL and Nittany Lion defensive back Leonard Humphries.

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