Dr. Scott Lynch, a former team doctor for the Penn State football team, made a concerning allegation in a lawsuit: James Franklin pressured him to clear injured players.
As reported by Penn Live, Franklin is one of eight defendants — a group that also includes Penn State athletics director Sandy Barbour — in Lynch's lawsuit that seeks more than $50,000 in damages following his termination in March. He worked for the university for more than two decades and was most recently the football team's orthopedic physician and Director of Athletic Medicine for the university.
"The action of defendant James Franklin in attempting to interfere with the plaintiff's autonomous authority to determine medical management and return-to-play decisions related to student-athletes was a wrongdoing which violated a code of conduct or ethics designed to protest the interest of the public within the meaning of the provisions of the Pennsylvania Whistleblower Law, reads the lawsuit.
You can read the entire lawsuit below: