Red Sox ask Bill James to refrain from further Paterno comments

After creating a mini-firestorm with his statements of support regarding late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno in the wake of the conviction of longtime assistant coach jerry Sandusky on child sex-abuse charges, Red Sox senior adviser Bill James has been asked by the Red Sox to “refrain from further public comments on this matter.”

Via the team’s Twitter account, @RedSox, Boston released a statement on the matter before Monday night’s game against the Chicago White Sox.

James works for the Sox as a senior adviser in the baseball operations department. In the wake of the report by special investigator Louis Freeh that criticized Paterno and other Penn State officials for failing to act sooner against Sandusky, James came to Paterno’s defense, both on his website and in an interview with ESPN Radio.

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The full text of the Sox’s statement is below:

Red Sox Owner John Henry & GM Ben Cherington spoke to Bill James regarding him making public his personal opinions on Joe Paterno. In that call, Mr. James was informed that his comments in no way reflect the opinions or positions of the Red Sox. Because Mr. James is perceived as representative of Red Sox, he was asked to refrain from further public comments on this matter.

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