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Support for JoePa jeopardizes Franco Harris’ spot on Pittsburgh charity board

Joe Paterno, Franco Harris, Lydell Mitchell AP

Former Penn State and Pittsburgh Steelers running back Franco Harris‘ public support of fired Penn State coach Joe Paterno in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal has already cost him a job as a casino spokesperson. Now, it might result in similar problems with a local charity board.

An Associated Press story today claims that Harris’ relationship with the Pittsburgh Promise scholarship program may be in jeopardy over Harris’ comments. Harris said the Penn State’s Board of Trustees “showed no courage” when firing Paterno.

Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl has sent out a letter to the Pittsburgh Promise board condemning Harris’ words, saying he was “the wrong man to represent the Pittsburgh Promise and the ideals it embodies.”

The board will meet tonight to discuss Harris’ future with the program.

Again, we come back to the consequences of showing any kind of support or association with this situation at Penn State. Whether it’s the Big Ten taking Paterno’s name off the championship trophy, or parting ways with a spokesperson for comments they made, no business, entity or charity wants their name connected to what’s going on in State College — even if indirectly.

Harris fired back at Ravenstahl’s letter, saying his views were “interpreted as my apparent disregard and absence of concern for the victims of alleged sexual abuse.

Harris is entitled to his belief that JoePa should have been retained, but he also invited himself into an ugly situation when he made those thoughts public. Harris has to know, and perhaps he does, that this is a side effect when he bridges that connection.

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8 Responses to “Support for JoePa jeopardizes Franco Harris’ spot on Pittsburgh charity board”
  1. mmmpierogi says: Nov 17, 2011 7:43 PM

    Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl has sent out a letter to the Pittsburgh Promise board condemning Harris’ words, saying he was “the wrong man to represent the Pittsburgh Promise and the ideals it embodies.”

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    Wonder if Luke Ravenstahl deciding to voice his opinion here here has anything to do with Franco Harris’ son running against him for mayor a few years back …

  2. corvusrex96 says: Nov 17, 2011 8:01 PM

    “Nobody wants their name connected to what’s going on in State College ”

    Heck until the Pitt mayor got hysterical about Franco’s comment I didn’t even know he was involved with that charity.
    Perhaps if people would quit trying to act outraged and gaming this sad situation for political capital nobody would even remember Franco offering words of support to an aging friend.

  3. katanaguy says: Nov 17, 2011 8:09 PM

    Franco is a victim of child abuse hysteria gone wild. I for one support Franco and no, I have no ties to Penn State at all…..I do have great respect for them.

    Your liberal media in the east will try to crucify anyone who stands up for PSU or Paterno. Just because someone supports them certainly does not mean they condone child abuse or is insensitive to it. Get a life . Use common sense or is that a problem for you in the media? Most media types are ignorant of others views except their own!

  4. thefiesty1 says: Nov 17, 2011 8:12 PM

    When you’re in any position like Harris is/was you can think anything you want, but you’re better off keeping your mouth shut.

  5. crubenst says: Nov 17, 2011 8:20 PM

    ”interpreted as my apparent disregard and absence of concern for the victims of alleged sexual abuse.“

    Franco Harris went on to say “I don’t really want kids to be abused but not at the cost of dragging those who aid and abed it through the mud.”

  6. gershonpsu says: Nov 17, 2011 8:31 PM

    Franco Harris has the guts to speak out. He knows Joe Paterno’s character a lot better than the media pundits and self-serving politicians. You can support Joe and be 100% against child abuse. The Mayor should be ashamed for questioning Franco’s competence or sincerity.

  7. thegreatness34 says: Nov 17, 2011 9:03 PM

    Franco spoke too soon, just like he always ran out of bounds too soon. JoPa knew he was in trouble for burying his head in the sand. So he put the house in wifey’s name. Nobody west of Crappy Valley worships either one of these bozos. Next time, do something to STOP the pedophile!

  8. stillworker says: Nov 17, 2011 9:07 PM

    “casino spokesperson” ??
    Don’t casinos give that job to ex-jocks to keep them from living in a cardboard box?

    Franc needs to go lie down somewhere……no one cares what he thinks. He’s an ex-Seahawk anyway.

    meat pierogis??

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