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Ripken asks Sandusky's charity not to use his name on website, in brochures

CharityJerry SanduskyCal RipkenJapan Earthquake and Tsunami (2011)Andy ReidJoe Paterno

On Wednesday, Cal Ripken Jr.'s name appeared on the website of the Second Mile charity under the heading "Board of Directors: Honorary Board."

By Thursday, it didn't.

Ripken asked the Second Mile, a charity allegedly used by former Penn State football assistant Jerry Sandusky to meet and then molest young boys, to remove his name from its website and all other literature.

According to spokesman John Maroon, the Hall of Fame former Oriole 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 not do further work with the organization.

Ripken is in Japan visiting with children impacted by the March earthquake and tsunami and was not available for comment.

"In the nonprofit world, people end up on an honorary board and sometimes they don't even know they're on it," Steve Salem, president of the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, said. "It doesn't really mean anything."

Calls to the Second Mile went unreturned.

Former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz also had his name removed from the Second Mile's site, while legendary golfer Arnold Palmer, Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid and actor Mark Wahlberg did not.

Former Penn State coach Joe Paterno, who was fired Wednesday night for not reporting what he knew about an incident involving Sandusky and a young boy to authorities, has also been removed from the list of honorary directors.

Sandusky faces 40 charges related to improper contact with eight boys over a 15-year period. He allegedly met the victims through the Second Mile, a charity he founded with the stated goal of helping at-risk children in central Pennsylvania.

Holtz, now an analyst with ESPN, issued a statement saying he spoke at a Second Mile fundraiser in 2009 — the year after Ripken — but had little further contact with the group and was not aware of his name appearing on its site. He said he had not "heard a negative comment or rumor about Jerry Sandusky" when he agreed to speak.

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