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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: Oct 7, 2007
Posted on: November 16, 2011 11:50 pm

Casino fires Franco Harris for supporting Paterno my friend...are a douche bag...

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: November 16, 2011 11:42 pm

Dr. Dallas

You're playing on a TON of assumptions. 1) as to what "power" Paterno actually had.  You don't know any of that.  He was a figurehead. If you want to argue he was too old/scenile to coach that's fine but in my opinion, he had little power at all.  IMO-He hasn't even controlled his own teams game plan in about 10 years. 2) Why he is or isn't talking is incredibly assumptive.  What more is there to say? You act as though he had a plethora of information on the manner. He already accepted responsibility for not obtaining more info, even though it's not even understood if he understood the initial conversation provided by McQueary 3) Paterno or McQueary didn't break any laws, that's not even in dispute and if the Grand Jury report is actually flawed or incomplete and McQueary reported this to police, than the moral obligation was already fulfilled 4) The fact that there are other victims isn't directly related to what McQueary or Paterno knew, understood or saw, it's relevant from the standpoint of the case, but not relevant from the premise we're currently discussing.

The reason I don't like the public playing on assumptions is that it could easily taint the prosecutions case because the jurors (like in the Casey Anthony) case are going expect this to be a slam dunk and when they hear about people like McQueery possibly exaggerating or telling conflicting stories, now the defense can impeach witnesses and possibly show that Sandusky isn't guility beyond a reasonable doubt.   

By making these baseless assumptions and generalizations, you're ultimately doing a disservice to the victims, in my opinion. 

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: November 16, 2011 11:37 pm


Well to me it seemed as though you were taking the Grand Jury report and asking questions as to the holes in it even with the knowledge that is isn't a complete document as to the exact testimony given.

I do understand what you are saying about inconsistencies as to what was in the Grand Jury report and what is seemingly being communicated via email by Mike McQ to his "friends".

Frankly, I wonder if these emails are checked as to them actually being sent by Mike McQ...heck this story is SO big with having Joe Paterno having lost so much that who knows how far people would go to discredit a witness so these charges get dropped, etc. I don't see that happening thought because this story MUCH bigger than just what the one incident that Mike McQ witnessed.

Since: Aug 21, 2007
Posted on: November 16, 2011 11:33 pm

Casino fires Franco Harris for supporting Paterno

Are you for real? Wow!

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: November 16, 2011 11:31 pm

Casino fires Franco Harris for supporting Paterno

To Franco Harris and all of those asking yourself why Joe Paterno was fired. Or worse saying that Joe Paterno is the scapegoat here...I give you a quote from "A Few Good Men"...
he failed to stand up for those too weak to stand up for themselves
If Joe told his superiors and they failed to act the responsiblity of action falls back on Joe and Mike and to ANYONE else that knew and DID NOTHING. They failed those kids, they failed PSU, they failed State College and they failed themselves.

This is nothing more than a small town remote college that was all about a football program and putting its coach on a pedestal so high that the AD, the school President, the University Police and State College Police ask him what to do.

Since: Dec 16, 2006
Posted on: November 16, 2011 11:21 pm

Casino fires Franco Harris for supporting Paterno

It gets me very upset when I hear people defend Paterno because he followed the chain of command.  There is ONE person where the chain of command stops and that is Joe Paterno.  That's it. He has no moral leg to stand on and I wish him the worst.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: November 16, 2011 11:18 pm

Casino fires Franco Harris for supporting Paterno

That is funny!!  1st that a Casino would have to HIRE a ex NFL'er.  to help their sorryasses with promotions and e.c.t..  and then have to fire the same guy for something he felt strong about!!!   and by the way... WHO IS FRANCO HARRIS!!!   lolololol..   what a lame story!!!

Since: Aug 6, 2007
Posted on: November 16, 2011 11:18 pm

Casino fires Franco Harris for supporting Paterno

"he did what was right for him to do." yea franco and so did idiot.

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: November 16, 2011 11:13 pm

Casino fires Franco Harris for supporting Paterno


Since: Oct 24, 2011
Posted on: November 16, 2011 11:06 pm

Casino fires Franco Harris for supporting Paterno

its not like franco harris is going to struggle from this, but what a dumb reason to fire somebody.  Franco should slap that dufus right in the face!

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