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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
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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 WTAE.com, 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, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2011 9:24 am
 

Casino fires Franco Harris for supporting Paterno

Yes, there were breakdowns all over the place.  However, Joe does not be the one who is publically destroyed here. Can Joe do the investigation? Can Joe do the arresting? Joes hands are tied at the point he took it to Shultz.  Shultz is the one who should be getting tied to goal post and stoned for not taking this further seeing how he is in charge of the police there (who by the way, have the same arresting power as the state police).



Since: Sep 17, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2011 9:08 am
 

Casino fires Franco Harris for supporting Paterno

tcp63,

The parents in most of these cases are single mothers and the organization that Sandusky founded and operated was there specifically to provide what was not being provided at home.  If you lived in that part of Pennsylvania and you knew that your child was being "mentored" by Jerry Sandusky, the heir to Joe Paterno at Penn State, you would not hesistate for one second to send your child with him.

There is not a single parent involved that should be blamed for what has happened.  Are they responsible?  Yes, to a certain extent.  The broken homes and difficult situations that these young boys found themselves were not of their doing, thus for that the parents should be responsible, but only for that.



Since: Sep 17, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2011 9:02 am
 

Casino fires Franco Harris for supporting Paterno

Franco Franco Franco, 

Can you not see beyond your Immaculate Reception!  In the minds of Pittsburgh Steeler fans what you did that day does qualify as divine, but how do you think the Oakland Raiders and their fans feel about the play.  Based on the interpretation of the officials, under the rules in place at the time of the game, your catch was legal. (That rule has since been changed and your catch would have been illegal.)

Thus, just because Joe Paterno did the "legal" thing and told his superiors, does that do anything for the victims?  In your case, the victims were the Oakland Raiders, very much in a position to defend themselves against your action, but in Joe's case the victims are young boys.  These are boys that had come to The Second Mile because they had issues in their lives that made them vulnerable to things that other boys were not.  Then to have happen to them what is said to have happened (and which I belive did indeed happen!) and have someone like Joe Paterno in a position of power, arguably the most power in that part of the state, if not the entire state, do basically nothing!  Give me a break.

Joe Pa as he has come to be known, morally did nothing.  This man is a father and a grandfather and only in that capacity he has a responsibility to protect children.  His entire philosophy regarding the young men that he coached over the years at Penn State, including yourself Mr. Harris, was to build character and responsibility so that these young men could succeed in society as a whole, not just on the football field.  What he did not do on that day in 2002 flies in the face of this philosphy.

This single event should probably not be the only thing that he is remembered for, but it definately should be part of the historical view of this man.

It is very obvious that Joe Paterno called the shots at that university, from how Sandusky was treated after the 1998 incident to the decisions made by McQueary on that day in 2002 as well as what little Joe Paterno did following that incident.  His influence can also be seen in what others did or did not do in relation to the incidents now known about through the grand jury report.

The feelings by the public towards Graham Spanier are a joke compared to what they should be toawrds Joe Paterno.  I realize that the whole truth may never be known, but based on what was told to the grand jury, Sandusky is lying, McQueary is now lying, Paterno has lied about what he was told and thus the information given to Curley and Shultz was far from the truth of the event.  Which is more culpable, McQueary or Paterno?  Makes no difference, neither did what should have been done, what any person outside of the Penn State family would have done.

Therein lies the issue,  the Penn State family, and institution under the thumb of one man, Joe Paterno.  Graham Spanier is not the most well liked person in the Penn state community because he has been trying to get Paterno to retire for years.  he is not part of the Penn State family run by Paterno, but you obviously are!




Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2011 8:57 am
 

Casino fires Franco Harris for supporting Paterno

When I read these comments that defend Paterno or say he did all the right things, I also notice that most of those comments are distancing themselves from what actually occurred and only want to talk about the fact that Joe Paterno has no guilt because he's not the one who molested children. Since he went to PSU authorities, these people posting this stuff suggest he is free to wash his hands of it. That's all well and good when you can distance yourself from the situation and the non-celebrities and non-public figures involved are just names in articles.

But I do wonder......what if it was one of these posters' son or grandson who was molested? Would they still feel Joe Paterno did everything he could do? Would they really feel that Joe Paterno had no further power to protect their kid?

I would guess not and that is a sad commentary on our society and how much we value our fellow human beings.



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2011 8:36 am
 

Casino fires Franco Harris for supporting Paterno

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Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2011 8:35 am
 

Casino fires Franco Harris for supporting Paterno

Talk about a guy who doesn't get it? 



Since: Jul 8, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2011 8:30 am
 

"Did the right thing my ass"

I am sooooooo sick of the "he did the right thing" crowd."Reported it to his superiors".The "right" thing is immediatley beat Sandusky to a bloody pulp,get the child rape victim to a hospital and have the police informed by the hospital.For all the "he did the right thing" crowd out there,think about this.What if you saw Sandusky doing it to YOUR baby ? Keep on walking and tell Sandusky`s boss,Paterno, that Sandusky`s in the process of raping your child and let it go at that ? I think not.Not if your anywhere near normal



Since: Dec 20, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2011 8:22 am
 

Casino fires Franco Harris for supporting Paterno

My opinion don't mean much, but here it is.  If I was the boss, and I knew one of my subordinates that I had a large degree of control over (retired or not) was sodomizing kids in my locker room, I would ban him from the school grounds permanently and do whatever it took to get him run outta the place.  Whether getting the cops in involved on his level was feasible or not, I don't know.  But I do now JoePa had control of that locker room and those showers were the dirty deeds were done.


Whether he told his superiors or not is not the issue.  The issue is letting that predator do his thing for years unchecked.   How could Joe Pa sleep at night knowing that was going on I'll never understand.



Since: Aug 23, 2011
Posted on: November 17, 2011 8:11 am
 

Casino fires Franco Harris for supporting Paterno

Not sure what I find more disturbing.....Franco Harris' comments regarding Joe Paterno or Will Brinson's attempt to put gambling on the same ethical level as child abuse. Mr. Brinson, are you kidding
Great comment. I mean wow, at least we can have a debate on the morality of gambling and gambling in casinos is not illegal. To try to equate that with child abuse is ridiculous and insane.



Since: Mar 23, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2011 8:06 am
 

Casino fires Franco Harris for supporting Paterno

This is a pitiful testament to what this country holds sacred. I am a Pitt grad and could care less about Penn State football. Here you have a football great backing his college coach. Seems right to me. More than right, people shoud respect not only Franco's right to say what he wants, but that he is man enough to support the man who enabled Franco to go to the NFL and have a life people like me could only dream of having. "Dumb jock", hardly, a man to be respected for standing up for his beliefs, a real man.


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