Franco Harris Parts Ways With Casino Over Paterno Comment

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A southwestern Pennsylvania race track and casino is putting its relationship with Hall of Fame running back Franco Harris on hiatus for comments he made in support of ousted Penn State coach Joe Paterno.

The Meadows Racetrack and Casino, located in Washington, Pa., about 30 minutes south of Pittsburgh, issued a statement on Tuesday saying Harris and the track have “mutually decided to put their business relationship on hold.”

Harris and former Steelers backfield mate Rocky Bleier recently signed on to serve as spokesmen for the track and are featured in at least one TV commercial recently in heavy rotation in the Pittsburgh market.

Harris, who played for Paterno from 1968-71, last week chastised the school’s board of trustees for showing “no courage” for firing Paterno in the wake of sex abuse allegations against former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

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  1. charW says:

    Bye Bye FRANCO!!!! It was probably better not to comment at all without knowing the entire story. I am so sick of people making Joe PA a god.

    1. J says:

      And you have come to your own conclusion without knowing the full story, yet you try and tear down others to prop up your own ego. Typical hypocrite, telling others to do something you are not doing yourself. Look in the mirror pal. What happened to due process and waiting for the facts to come out? McQueary already has made conflicting accounts of what happened in an email to a friend. What do you say about that? If the facts come out that Joe P knew Sandusky did the awful things he is accused of then you can castrate the man. You are obviously envious of the mans stature and history of success.

  2. SILII says:

    This is getting absolutely out of control. People are losing jobs without due process. They are guilty in the court of public opinion without all of the facts being released to the public. McQueary was assumed to be “guilty” of letting the attack happen and not reporting to the police because the Grand Jury report didn’t specifically say that he did. He claims he did and PSU records are sealed – so he could very likely be telling the truth. Paterno as well was found “guilty” without all of the facts and legal process. This is a shame on top of the shame that happened to those unfortunate kids. Now Franco loses an endorsement deal. People need to let the process run its course before people lose their jobs.

    1. Peter says:

      Agree! This is getting too hysterical. But Franco loses the endorsement because the casino is afraid of having the hysteria turned against them. What they did right was to put the situation on hold until everything blows over rather than fire him. At most Penn State shoudl have suspended Paterno into retirement.

      1. MM says:

        SoOOOO agree with both of you. PSU board of Trustees, shame on you!!!

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