Ashton Kutcher and Joe Paterno
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Following an avalanche of criticism, Ashton Kutcher
deleted a controversial Tweet Wednesday night protesting the firing of Joe Paterno, admitting he hadn't known about the sex-abuse scandal at Penn State.
"How do you fire Jo Pa? #insult #noclass as a hawkeye fan I find it in poor taste," Kutcher wrote
to his 8 million Twitter followers.
His followers responded with an explosion of insults, many of them extremely vicious, blasting the actor for defending the 84-year-old coach, who is under fire for possibly covering up
former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky's alleged sex abuse
of young boys.
Kutcher, 33, soon realized his mistake, quickly backpedaled and admitted his ignorance. "Heard Joe was fired, fully recant previous tweet!" he wrote. "Didn't have full story."
He later deleted that message, too, and added this one: "As an advocate in the fight against child sexual exploitation, I could not be more remorseful for all involved in the Penn St. case."
He also made this pledge: "As of immediately I will stop tweeting until I find a way to properly manage this feed. I feel awful about this error. Won't happen again."
This is the second Twitter faux pas in recent months for Kutcher. On Sept. 11, he backtracked after calling it "the greatest day of the year," because it was the start of football season.
Paterno had earlier announced that he would retire
at the end of the football season. Also fired was Penn State president Graham Spanier.