Count Micah Parsons among those in the corner of Harrisburg football coach and athletic director Calvin Everett.
The Dallas Cowboys star and former Harrisburg High player took to Facebook Wednesday, sharing an Op-Ed that was written on PennLive in support of Everett, to make it clear that he is behind his former coach, too.
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“Man I remember when everyone turned their back on me!” Parsons wrote while referencing the controversy that surrounded his high school transfer from Central Dauphin to Harrisburg. “When CD turned (their) back on me and threw me in the dirt for BS allegations, Coach Cal welcomed me with open arms! Lifted me up, kept it real! Coach Cal deserves more! Headline(s) always gonna tell a different story. We have all been there! Coach Cal was there for me and I’ll always be here for him!
“Everyone makes mistakes!,” Parsons added. “So don’t bash this man for this!”
Parsons’ post, which was made during a break in the action as his Cowboys had a joint-practice with the Chargers in Costa Mesa, California, and the Op-Ed comes as support swells in the community for the 43-year-old following news that he pleaded guilty to a civil penalty Friday for helping his brother sell used cars without a license and paid a fine and court costs totaling $1,059.25. The violation is considered a professional license offense.
Kirsten Keys, Harrisburg’s public relations coordinator, said last week that the district was looking into the matter and could not comment further. She did not respond on Tuesday or Wednesday to requests for updates regarding the district’s findings or Everett’s status with the program.
Everett’s lawyer, Brian Perry, said the coach was helping his older brother, Earnest Fry, sell cars to get back on his feet following a prison stint and did not know he needed a license to do so. A citation issued said Everett engaged in selling cars without a license by advertising 46 vehicles for his brother since 2020. Perry said Everett was not the one who placed the ads for the vehicles, but instead allowed Fry to use his email and cellphone to list them. Perry said Everett did not receive any compensation and had no knowledge of odometers being tampered with on the vehicles.
Police charged Fry, 47, with 45 felonies and 20 misdemeanors after they say he changed odometer reading on high-mileage cars and then sold them across the region. Keith Fry, 56, was charged with four felonies: dealing in proceeds of unlawful activity, theft by deception, tampering with public records and changing an odometer reading. He was also charged with 43 misdemeanor charges of receiving stolen property.
Perry told PennLive Everett was “minimally involved in the business and not aware of the alleged odometer rollback part of this.” He said Everett was “merely helping his brother out, a brother he loves dearly.”
Everett is a former Harrisburg High School star who was hired to lead the Cougars football team in 2011. He has been one of the most successful football coaches in the Keystone State since, leading his team to a pair of state title appearances since 2016.
The Cougars were the District 3 6A champions a season ago, and began practices for the upcoming season last week.
In the Op-Ed published Wednesday, the author, Darnise Anderson-Davenport, asked that everyone understand the impact that Everett has had on his players, the district and the community.
“In an era where some created their prison cells before our kids were born, Coach Cal is a reminder our young men do not have to succumb to the worst of their environment,” she wrote. “To take away a coach with such a profound impact would be a huge loss to our children.
“Football and Coach Cal are a vital part of Harrisburg. Coach Cal is a bright light in a sea of our darkness. Please, don’t take that light away.”