Former Penn State defensive back Isaiah Humphries said head coach James Franklin told him not to contact police after a fight with a teammate in 2018. The altercation with star linebacker Micah Parsons reportedly involved “punching, choking, and a knife being pulled,” ESPN reported.
A university report obtained by ESPN said, “Mr. Humphries added that Coach Franklin came and said, ‘Don’t talk to the police because Micah is his (star) player and makes money, so if he gets in trouble, he’s gone,’ meaning Mr. Humphries would be gone.”
However, Penn State defended Franklin, saying, “We believe the claims relating to Coach Franklin have no merit, and we will continue to defend him vigorously,” and that Franklin “made it clear that he did not instruct Mr. Humphries to avoid contacting authorities.”
Humphries sued the school this year for sexual assault allegations against Parsons, former defensive tackle Damion Barber, and former defensive end Yetur Gross-Matos that allegedly occurred in the Nittany