Ashton Kutcher Apologizes for Defending Penn State Coach Joe Paterno

The actor recants his defense of the Penn State football coach, who was fired for possibly helping to cover up alleged sexual abuse

After two Twitter faux pas in the past three months, Ashton Kutcher has decided to take a more tentative approach to his tweeting. The latest crisis comes regarding the sex abuse scandal at Penn State. Penn football coach Joe Paterno was fired Wednesday because of his possible role in covering up his former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky's alleged sex abuse of young boys. Unfortunately, Kutcher didn't realize that was the reason for Paterno's dismissal when he defended the 84-year-old coach on Twitter.

"How do you fire Jo Pa? #insult #noclass as a hawkeye fan I find it in poor taste," Kutcher, 33, tweeted Wednesday night.

It didn't take long before Kutcher's 8.2 million Twitter followers responded to his ill-advised comment with a deluge of insults. The Two and a Half Men star quickly realized his mistake and deleted the tweet. "Heard Joe was fired, fully recant previous tweet!" he wrote. "Didn't have full story."

Kutcher ended up deleting that message too, however, and posted two new tweets in its place.

"As an advocate in the fight against child sexual exploitation, I could not be more remorseful for all involved in the Penn St. case," wrote Kutcher -- who, along with wife Demi Moore, 48, battles child sex trafficking through the Demi and Ashton Foundation.

"As of immediately I will stop tweeting until I find a way to properly manage this feed," he added. "I feel awful about this error. Won't happen again."

Kutcher -- who has been uncharacteristically silent on Twitter since an alleged cheating scandal rocked his marriage to Moore in late September -- also recently came under fire when he tweeted that September 11 was the "greatest day of the year" because it was the start of football season. Needless to say, Kutcher quickly realized his mistake and recanted that tweet as well.

Sounds like Ashton just needs to stop tweeting about football.

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