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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: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2011 2:12 am

Casino fires Franco Harris for supporting Paterno

All of you people that is still in denial stage about what Joe Pa didn't do is ok, I feel sorry for your children if you have one. What some of you are saying is that if it was your child that got raped and what JP did was enough, than you'll be sleeping on a couch for a long long time as I'm sure your wife or girlfriend will think that you are cuckoo.

Since: Aug 1, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2011 2:01 am

Casino fires Franco Harris for supporting Paterno

Way to stick up for your beliefs Franco. I agree with you Coach is innocent he should sue Penn State, and Franco should sue the casino that fired him. This is a sad thing. I feel so bad for the kids that was hurt but we should take it out on the person that did it.

Since: Nov 17, 2011
Posted on: November 17, 2011 1:48 am

Casino fires Franco Harris for supporting Paterno

Sorry to tell you Harris that the "GUTLESS" Board of Trustees are not and will not meet with you. They wanted JOEPA out for years and the bums will not let him return..You know this was all reported back in 2002 when the Governor of PA now was the attorney General then. They were informed and they used it as coverup.. So if they're going to fire the head coach then every coach on that sideline that was there back in 2002 INCLUDING THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES should be TERMINATED ALSO. I stand behind You MR. Harris 100%...Also laST TIME I CHECKED WE LIVED IN A FREE COUNTRY AND OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM STATES INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY...But apparently thats not true in this matter..

Since: Dec 2, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2011 1:38 am

Casino fires Franco Harris for supporting Paterno

One thing is certain, someone is lying. Sandusky for one claims that Paterno never said a word to him about any of this. Paterno claims he never heard a word about Sandusky and his behaviors. Yet we have a "retired" Sandusky, complete with his own office, yet who has reportedly been banned from bringing boys to the facility following the first report of his "showering" in 2002. You can't tell me that Joe was completely in the dark about that, the one time that the police was indeed called. I have seen people criticize that point due to them not bringing charges. However, I can understand that since that episode was not actually seen by anyone, only a concerned mother asking her son about his wet hair who then related the story. However, even then they recorded Sandusky eventually admitting his odd and inappropriate behavior, and interestingly enough, quoted as saying "I wish I was dead." Now I can understand that the DA would conclude there was not enough evidence to bring charges, but you will never convince me that all of this occured without Paterno never hearing about it. People can argue all sort of things about the proper way of handling incidents such as this, but one simple answer to it is "Call the police" and let them figure out whether a crime has been commited.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2011 1:20 am

Casino fires Franco Harris for supporting Paterno

i like all these answer's..  to who we all like to judge! who is wrong and who is right?  to bad the short replys ar e way more entertaining the the long drawnout written replys!!

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2011 1:15 am

Casino fires Franco Harris for supporting Paterno

Likewise la2r...thank you.

I'll end the night by saying that there are so many questions to be answered by many players involved here. From PSU admins, Second Mile associates, PS PD, State College PD...there truly are so many aspects to this entire case through the 15 or so years that it just seems an entire town dropped the ball here.

I do agree with your last comments about the I think I kinda make mention of...let's see what tomorrow brings.

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2011 1:09 am

Jiminy GoPokes!

Jiminy ! That was a lot to digest...but VERY well put...and thank you for your comments.

Knowing what I know about PSU and what I've heard / read since this incident it only confirms what I've thought...he is a GOD on/off the field and around PSU / State College. But that's my opinion.

I think that there so much here yet to be put out to the public and so much that clearly doesn't make any sense whatsoever that it will be very interesting once it is out in the open.

Everything you said in your "what could have happened" portion could be dead on...although I'm thinking that it seems to be a myopic view of the entire events here. And I don't mean that is meant that the majority of convo on this blog is only dealing with ONE situation regarding Mike McQ, Joe and "sicko". This is one incident out of MANY, MANY, MANY.

BTW, a few hours ago I saw on ESPN that State College and University PD both stated that NO police report was ever filed from Mike McQ regarding the shower incident. But I have no doubts that the picture you painted as to what may have happened...could very well have happened like that. I wouldn't be surprised...a cover up by many players.

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2011 12:52 am

Casino fires Franco Harris for supporting Paterno

Why ask him to leave in the first place? i would guess- So they could bring in somebody younger and better without having to deal with backlash of canning a legend.

You're entitled to have the opinion that he was "helping out a friend" because we're all making assumptions, the only problem again is that you're beginning your analysis with a "presumption of guilt" instead of a "presumption on innocence."      There is a reason the court system is set up the way it's to prevent malicious prosecutions.  Even if we go by the civil standard "preponderance of the evidence" the proposition needs to be more likely to be true than not true" and IMO, I don't think there's nearly enough information to say "JoePa more than likely covered this up."

You're not wrong to have your own theories but be mindful of the criteria you use to get to your seem like a smart guy, I'll bet it if you use deductive logic and trace it back through the timeline of this scandal, you'll notice some of the assumptions just don't add up.

Have a good one. Cheers.  PS Thanks for the reasonable debate.


Since: Jun 19, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2011 12:49 am

Casino fires Franco Harris for supporting Paterno

JoePa is a good man?  Bull.  If you know something like that is happening and you leave it to your superiors, thats crap.  I am so tired of seeing all of these people put JoePA on a pedestal.  He knew what was happening and he wahsed his hands of it.  Regardless of the kids that were hurt.  KIDS WERE BEING RAPED!  Frickin do something about it instead of passing the buck.  Everyone was so worried about their own butts instead of doing what was right.  They can all kiss my butt and deserve whats coming.

Since: Dec 11, 2010
Posted on: November 17, 2011 12:47 am

Casino fires Franco Harris for supporting Paterno

da question here is why is franco harris working in a casino lol? i guess all atlethes arent rich. ya i kinda feel bad for joepa, man hes taking more blame then da guy who actully did it jerry sandusky.

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