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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.

More on Penn State scandal

"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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Comments

Since: Aug 28, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2011 8:03 am
 

Casino fires Franco Harris for supporting Paterno

aliens, the only problem with your comment is, where were the parents, they let their kids go with a stranger for days at a time. i am a parent and i would not have aloud my children to be with someone i did not know.



Since: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2011 7:57 am
 

Casino fires Franco Harris for supporting Paterno

I guess people aren't allowed to have opinions anymore.
of course they are. Harris is allowed to have, and to express, his opinion.

And the casino is allowed to decide that they don't want to be associated with that opinion.







Since: Jul 10, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2011 7:28 am
 

Casino fires Franco Harris for supporting Paterno

Casino endorser?  Really using that firat-class PSU education to the max....eh Franco.



Since: Sep 29, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2011 7:09 am
 

Casino fires Franco Harris for supporting Paterno

Franco Harris is just another dumb jock. Try running out of bounds on this one Franco.



Since: Jun 29, 2010
Posted on: November 17, 2011 5:47 am
 

Casino fires Franco Harris for supporting Paterno

If Paterno is innocent in this situation and has been exonerated by the Grand Jury, why has he hired a criminal defense attorney and sold his house to his wife so that his name is not on the deed? He studied law in college and realizes when all the facts come of how this was covered up by officials on the local and state level, the Justice Dept will get involved and he may face federal charges and at the very least civil lawsuits.



Since: Sep 4, 2010
Posted on: November 17, 2011 5:04 am
 

Casino fires Franco Harris for supporting Paterno

" 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. "
 
Why just Paterno?  There were probably a dozen others who could have done more.  Paterno has become the scapegoat. 



Since: Sep 4, 2010
Posted on: November 17, 2011 5:02 am
 

Casino fires Franco Harris for supporting Paterno

I guess people aren't allowed to have opinions anymore.



Since: Jul 8, 2011
Posted on: November 17, 2011 4:43 am
 

Casino fires Franco Harris for supporting Paterno

What's all the outrage with Paterno being fired.  He has just been sitting in the press box twiddling his thumbs collecting free wins for a couple of years now.



Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2011 2:40 am
 

Casino fires Franco Harris for supporting Paterno

the original thought is not a bad idea



Since: Oct 11, 2011
Posted on: November 17, 2011 2:13 am
 

Casino fires Franco Harris for supporting Paterno

ok y dont we just lock up every body that has ever been to or watched a penn state football game .also lets talk about the people that seen these acts taking place and did nothing at all . y are they not being talked about .they sould be the people that are being taken out and beaten down. if a real man had of seen these things going on he would of went in and beat the heeeeeellllllllllllll out of him.and all these people seen it and did nothing. y?


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