PITTSBURGH, June 12 (UPI) -- Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Emmanuel Sanders was fired as spokesman of a group's anti-littering campaign when his past littering offense came to light.
David Mazza, regional director for the Pennsylvania Resources Council, said Sanders was fired as spokesman of the anti-littering campaign, which is supported by Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, after officials discovered Sanders had admitted to a littering offense in November 2010, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported Tuesday.
"We would certainly not have used him as a spokesman for the campaign had we known," Mazza said.
Sanders and receiver Antonio Brown admitted to littering charges after they were found to have abandoned empty boxes near a trash container.
"We certainly want to hear his side of the story," Mazza said.