Skip to comments.Franco Harris fired for Joe Paterno comments
Posted on 11/16/2011 8:06:52 PM PST by Razzz42
Franco Harris has been an outspoken supporter of Joe Paterno in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse allegations.
So much so that Harris, a Pro Football Hall of Fame running back who played for Paterno at Penn State, was fired by The Meadows Racetrack and Casino as a spokesman, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. The racetrack is located in Washington, Pa., just outside Pittsburgh.
Harris publicly expressed his displeasure over Paterno's firing last week.
I feel that the (Board of Trustees) made a bad decision in letting Joe Paterno go, Harris said, according to the paper. Im very disappointed in their decision. I thought they showed no courage, not to back someone who really needed it at the time. They were saying the football program under Joe was at fault.
The Meadows issued this statement:
In light of the recent developments with Franco Harris regarding Joe Paternos dismissal, Franco and The Meadows have mutually decided to put their business relationship on hold at this time, while these matters are looked into further.
Harris was hired last month to assist the track with "outreach activities, charitable events and public appearances," the Post-Gazette noted.
is that what it has come to for franco? hood ornament at some race track? sad.
Hey Franco—how you like free speech in the land of the free?
Even these Indians have scruples.
Reaching Out to a cover-up of sexual abuse obviously wasn’t part of his job. idiot
Franco is not a big fan of little boy’s rights, is he? BMOC has been away from the little people a little bit too long, me thinks.
Says put on hold. Not fired.
He was free to speak and they were free to fire him. Funny how that works. Course he had only been there a month - which probably made it easier to send him on his way. Oh well, there’s always another Casino/Dog Track.
From the article: “...Franco and The Meadows have mutually decided to put their business relationship on hold at this time...”
Fired or quit Franco doesn’t appear to be drawing a paycheck as a spokesman in this mutual agreement.
Even the gambling industry is provoked, eh?
Reminds me of the Saturday Night Live skit: On 'SNL,' Penn State scandal offends even Satan
Washington, PA is also Sandusky's hometown. I'm guessing the track is eager to disassociate themselves as much as possible.
You know the thing I don’t understand about this whole, sad, sordid story? If you knew that your friend was molesting little boys, would you still be their friend?
These Indians sure wouldn’t.
The story is just unfolding, prepare yourself for the worst.
I heard Franco make supportive comments on a sports call-in show. Talk about clueless.
He seems to have gotten the point, at least. Better verbal processing faculties than I'd expect from an old football player.