Nov 16, 2011, 11:05 AM EDT
As you know, Franco Harris played for Joe Paterno at Penn State in the late 1960s/early ’70s. You may not have known that he had been hired as a spokesman for The Meadows Race Track and Casino — a harness racing and slot machine casino in Washington County, Penn. Well, that job is no more (at least for now), after Harris made some controversial comments in support of Paterno in the wake of the coach’s firing. From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
He said, “I feel that the board made a bad decision in letting Joe Paterno go. I’m very disappointed in their decision. I thought they showed no courage, not to back someone who really needed it at the time. They were saying the football program under Joe was at fault.”
As a result of this loyalty, the Meadows issued this statement yesterday:
“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.”
Wow, that’s some fancy wordsmithing there. Anyway, it rankles many that a person should be penalized for speaking his mind (see the Post-Gazette comments section). However, Harris’ was a spokesperson position, after all. I don’t know: all this really proves is that anything connected to the Penn State scandal is way too hot to touch right now.
Photo: That’s Paterno on the left, Harris middle, and Harris’ former Penn state teammate and Baltimore Colts running back Lydell Mitchell on the right.
H/T Bruce Feldman.
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