Franklin comes clean by saying that he did, in fact, throw a middle finger during the game. But he claims it wasn't directed at the ref, but rather a Lobo fan who was getting under his skin and called him the n-word.
I wasn't there, but I've been trading tweets with with the guy that covers SDSU for rivals.com. He said he was seated right below this fan and he never heard any offensive comments. He also stands by his comment that Franklin directed his middle finger at the ref, not the fan. I'll post the tweets later.
Accusing someone of using racial slur is quite serious. I sure hope that Franklin didn't make up this story to cover his butt.