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  • Baseball HOFer Asks Charity To Remove His Name From Website, All Literature

    Ripken Jr. asks that his name be removed from Sandusky's Second Mile charity

    Baseball HOFer Cal Ripken Jr. asked Second Mile, the charity founded by former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, to "remove his name from its website and all other literature," according to Chris Korman of the Baltimore SUN. Ripken "spoke at an event benefiting the charity but did so at the behest of a corporate partner of the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation." After speaking, Ripken "had his name listed on the website but did no further work with the organization." Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation President Steve Salem said, "In the nonprofit world, people end up on an honorary board and sometimes they don't know they're on it. It doesn't really mean anything." ESPN college football analyst Lou Holtz also "had his name removed from the Second Mile's site," while golfer Arnold Palmer, Eagles coach Andy Reid and actor Mark Wahlberg "did not" have their names removed (Baltimore SUN, 11/11). In Pennsylvania, Ed Mahon notes since the news of the Sandusky scandal broke, the "future of The Second Mile has come into question" (CENTRE DAILY TIMES, 11/11). Also in Pennsylvania, Anne Danahy notes the Attorney General’s Office has said that Sandusky "met the boys through The Second Mile." Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett said that he "believes there will be an inquiry into what information The Second Mile officials had about the alleged abuse by Sandusky" (CENTRE DAILY TIMES, 11/11). The link to the Second Mile Honorary BOD page now comes up as "Not Found" (THE DAILY).

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