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Casino fires Franco Harris for supporting Paterno

Posted on: November 16, 2011 10:35 am
Edited on: November 16, 2011 6:23 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

Earlier this week, Steelers legend and Penn State alum Franco Harris came out and publicly ripped the Penn State Board of Trustees for firing Joe Paterno.

The decision to do so got Harris fired, as the Meadows Race Track and Casino decided to dump the Hall of Famer as an endorser.

"In light of the recent developments with Franco Harris regarding Joe Paterno’s 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," the Meadows said in a statement.

It's a surprising turn of events, especially considering that this is, you know, a casino. It's not exactly the home of the moral high ground. Still, it seems that they probably recognized Harris Q-rating would take a hit.

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"Now, everyone gets to interpret in their own way," Harris said recently. "That's what really bothers me: Joe did what was right for him to do. He forwarded the information to his superiors. That's the legal procedure at Penn State." 

According to a story posted Wednesday on, Harris' friends warned him that speaking out in support of Paterno would leave him susceptible to criticism from potential sponsors, but Harris said he was unconcerned. 

WTAE's Sally Wiggin reports that Harris will meet with Penn State University President Rodney Erickson and the Board of Trustees.

"I really want to get some answers," Harris said. "How do you justify the firing of Joe Paterno? And I want to know from the president, why aren't you rehiring Joe Paterno?"

Harris might be legally right to defend Paterno. We won't know that until the full legal proceedings in this matter are finished. But if Paterno could have stopped the terrible things that allegedly happened at Penn State from happening, there's really no moral ground to stand on.

Even the people who run a casino can see that.

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Since: Nov 9, 2006
Posted on: November 20, 2011 4:36 pm

Casino fires Franco Harris for supporting Paterno

@Draper1997.....   I won't call you stupid as you tried to call me. Joe didn't see anything. He was told what someone else saw someone else doing. He then told his superiors who were supposed to investigate the incident.

Did Joe do anything to those young boys? NOPE. Did he know every move that Sandusky was making every moment he was making it? Did Sandusky tell Joe every time he visited the Penn State facilities? I doubt it. I bet Joe had his own life with his own activities and daily routine. I bet he didn't follow Sandusky around, I bet Sandusky was at the Penn State facilities plenty of times that Joe Paterno had no idea about.

I do have a problem with the coach who supposedly saw the rape, and the AD and Prez of Penn State for not going to the police. It was hearsay on Joe's part. The eye witness should have been the one to report to the police... in 2002 when he saw the rape... not years later. Also the Penn State AD and Prez who were informed of the situation could have done more and gone to the police themselves.

I fail to see how Joe Paterno is responsible for anything that Sandusky did to those boys. I also fail to see how or why he was fired for not doing enough when he saw nothing, and reported what he was told to his superiors.


Does this mean that I don't think Sandusky is a scumbag??? NO. It just means that there are other more responsible and more involved parties who were not fired that should have been, and Joe should still have his job. That is how I feel about the matter, and short of finding out that Sandusky reported his activities at Penn State to Joe Paterno each time he was there, or Joe himself being involved in some rapes or a cover up of rapes, then I feel he is innocent of any wrong doing.

Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: November 20, 2011 6:18 am

Casino fires Franco Harris for supporting Paterno

I can fully understand the stance that Harris is taking. If an Athletic Director is responsible for the hiring and firing in your department and you were not privy to an event and have one employee's word against another that is totally denying said alegations you refer the issue to your superior. Penn State should be embarassed. The first person who saw this said "NO F'ing Way" and reported the incident to his superior, Joe Pa. Joe Pa then said "this ain't right" and he also moved it up by telling his superior.

The person that saw this CRIME with their own eyes should have called the police and more importantly stepped in. You have a responsibility to report a crime of this manner and not to your boss. People need to remember that Joe Paterno did not see a thing.
I do not know how this was not "dealt with" but it would seem to me the people that go to their superiors with this "testimony" should be indemnified. The person who initially saw it and reported it has not lost their job; so why would the person who did not see it with their own eyes, yet still reported it lose theirs?

Usually the person that is your superior makes more money than you (not always the case with coaches) and has more responibility and is considered to have more authority. Whomever the last person UP the chain of command was  should be held responsible. The onus is on said person to fire, report, have charged and generally deal with the issue. As an employee you should not be liable for the actions or inactions of your boss. I do not expect Joe Pa would be knowledgable of the legalities of the situation and/or the proper steps to take given this information from an organizational stand point. He had a very important responsibility and that was to report it to his superior.

I understand with the nature of what happenned the perpetrator is a villain. It must be realized that Joe Pa did not see this with his own eyes and had no proof. He took the accusation seriously an reported the matter. He did what he was supposed to do. I do not know if he followed up and asked why there was not a suspension or investigation. I do know he did not hide this and did what was required of him.  

I think he was in between a rock and a hard place if he fired him without seeing the offence he would be liable for a wrongful dismissal suit and if the alegation was false he would be liable for more. If he keeps quiet kids could get hurt. He did the right thing and refered it to his superior. END OF STORY.

This situation is disgusting and I am very sad there are more victims after Sandusky was seen. People who do not brush things aside and escelate matters should not be punished. For once the "Sh!t" should flow uphill. There should be a full investigation and Joe Pa should not have been one of the fall guys. 

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2011 2:16 pm

Casino fires Franco Harris for supporting Paterno

Ahhh you are wrong ESPN is slowly letting the shit storm die

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: November 18, 2011 9:36 am

Casino fires Franco Harris for supporting Paterno

These innocent-until-proven-guilty posts ignore the fact that sometimes there are no good choices and you just have to err on the side of caution. Now, one could argue erring on the side of caution would be to wait for the whole investigation to be complete before deciding what should be done regarding Paterno.

Personally, I prefer they err on the side of caution for the victims, who are also children who need protection and support more than JoePa does. Kids were victimized in so many ways in this scandal and at this point, I think that needs to be the main factor in every decision made from here on out, not protecting a man who, regardless of whether he did anything "wrong" as far as the law is concerned, could have done a WHOLE LOT MORE to protect these kids. Not breaking any laws does not necessarily equate to doing what is right. No one could honestly argue Joe Paterno did all he could to protect these kids and the fact that he didn't means he did wrong to those kids. Spin it however you want and while it's ture Joe Paterno isn't the one who is guilty of molesting children, he is guilty of turning a blind eye and allowing it to continue.

Since: Sep 1, 2011
Posted on: November 18, 2011 7:46 am

Casino fires Franco Harris for supporting Paterno

Thank you. We need more people like you.
This whole thing would have been over at day one if people would only do the right thing.

Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2011 4:41 am

Casino fires Franco Harris for supporting Paterno

It would have been hearsay for Joe to report the crime to the police because he was not the eyewitness. The eyewitness should have bypassed everyone and gone to the police and Joe wouldn't have been caught in the middle of it. Of course, I dont know all of the facts but thats what has been said. If we find out that Joe was touching kids too then we will know that its was a cover-up. I have a feeling that this is bigger than it seems...

Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: November 18, 2011 12:57 am
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Since: Aug 9, 2011
Posted on: November 18, 2011 12:47 am

Casino fires Franco Harris for supporting Paterno


Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2011 12:18 am

Casino fires Franco Harris for supporting Paterno

when are people going to wake up.  chlderen were raped, and he could have prevented multiple rapes of childeren.  he put the program before the well being of a child.  he should be in jail.  i dont know how he lived with himself for all of those years.  its sickening.

Since: Feb 7, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2011 10:12 pm

Casino fires Franco Harris for supporting Paterno

Yes got it, very funny but it's not a joke if you have to explain it.
 But it was a good tail 

It was from south park the whole line was

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