Steelers receiver didn't mean to litter
By Brian Bowling
Published: Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 6:42 p.m.
Updated: Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Steelers receiver Emmanuel Sanders said Tuesday that he didn't intend to break the state's anti-littering laws and hopes there's still room for him in a local anti-littering campaign.
Speaking in the locker room during a break from Steelers minicamp, Sanders said he never meant to do anything wrong.
"I think littering is more throwing trash on the ground and knowing that you're wrong for it," he said. "I actually put the trash in the trash can. That's the big difference."
Sanders, 25, and Antonio Brown, 23, pleaded guilty Monday in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court to leaving boxes beside a private Dumpster on West Warrington Avenue in Beltzhoover. A judge fined each $300 plus court costs.
The Pennsylvania Resources Council partnered with the mayor's office on the anti-litter campaign, which included a television ad featuring Sanders encouraging people not to litter. David Mazza, regional director for the council, said Monday that it is pulling Sanders' ad until it could talk to him.
Mazza didn't return calls yesterday. Sanders could not be reached for comment later in the afternoon on whether he had heard from the Resources Council.
The campaign's website, www.donttrashmyturf.org, no longer provides a link to the Sanders ad.
Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, who is featured in another of the ads, announced in May that Pittsburgh police will more strictly enforce the city's litter ordinances and fine scofflaws who throw trash on the ground.
Mayoral spokeswoman Joanna Doven said Monday that while the incident with Sanders is "unfortunate," it doesn't change the mayor's commitment to the anti-littering campaign.
She didn't return calls yesterday seeking mayoral response to Sanders' wish to remain in the campaign.
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People smoke everywhere and throw cigarette butts anywhere they want. Every day downtown I can count several people just dropping trash on the ground - somewhat near a garbage can, cause they are worthless and lazy...... the American way. I guess some folks just need an incentive to not be a douchebag.
Submitted by: m on Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Sounds like if the Mayor is on a anti littering campaign he has a huge job ahead considering most the city is full of trash every where you go. To cite these guys for placing boxes next to a dumpster is absolutely insane. MONEY GRAB ! These guys should have fought the citations and would have won but I'm sure they are just trying to be good guys and make it go away and not look bad to the fans. I think the City has bigger problems with shooting all over and should concentrate on serious crimes they obviously can't control