Penn State scandal fallout: Franco Harris fired for supporting Joe Paterno


Joe Paterno coached Franco Harris from 1969-71. (SCOTT AUDETTE / Reuters)

After the firing of coach Joe Paterno last week, Harris, a Hall of Fame player for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawks, said (via Pittsburgh Live), “I feel that the [Penn State] board [of trustees] made a bad decision in letting Joe Paterno go,” Harris said. “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.”

Harris played for Paterno from 1969-71.

On Tuesday, the Meadows Race Track and Casino dumped Harris, saying in a statement (via Upper St. Clair Patch):

“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 Pittsburgh-area track and casino had hired Harris and former Steelers teammate Rocky Bleier last month to, it said, “assist the entertainment facility with various outreach activities, charitable events and public appearances.”

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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