Updated Report: Joe Paterno Contacts 'Prominent' Lawyer

Friday November 11th, 2011

UPDATE: A previous version of this item referred to a previous version of the NBC News report indicating that Paterno had actually hired a lawyer.

When Joe Paterno was relieved of his duties at Penn State university on Wednesday night, he stepped outside of his house and addressed the crowd and media that was present.  "Right now, I'm not the football coach. And I've got to get used to that. After 61 years, I've got to get used to it," he said, according to the Associated Press. "Let me think it through."

According to NBC News via a tweet from @BreakingNews, just under 24 hours of thinking it through has led the longtime coach to contact counsel.

"UPDATE: NBC News now reports Paterno reached out to a criminal defense lawyer; Originally said he hired a lawyer," the tweet reads.

MSNBC.com elaborates on the tweet and names the lawyer:

J. Sedgwick Sollers, who once represented President George H.W. Bush in the Iran-Contra affair, was hired by Paterno on Thursday.
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