In a Facebook status posted Thursday night, Corey Feldman announced that he had to step down from duties as emcee and entertainer at the City Hall Torch Ceremony for the Special Olympics on Friday.
He said the “actual reason” was not made clear to him, but put blame on the State College Spikes and general manager Scott Walker for “defamatory, derogatory and untrue statements.”
“I do not blame anyone that has anything to do with the Special Olympics for making this decision as they are only doing what they feel best protects the athletes and all involved from unnecessary negative press,” the statement said. “I do however take issue with Scott Walker of the Spikes minor league baseball team, for releasing this defamatory and untrue story to the press. … All of this stems from his own carelessness and blatant disregard of the truth and inability to fulfill his contractual obligations to me and my band.”
Feldman and his band, Corey’s Angels, were guests at the Spikes game against the Batavia Muckdogs on Sunday.
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According to Spikes management, Feldman did not abide by a contract he had with the team that included fan interaction.
“We had a contract,” Walker told the Centre Daily Times on Monday. “He simply did not want to do any of that.”
The team released an apology to fans on Twitter after Feldman’s appearance Sunday night.
“While the nature of the appearance was not what we had anticipated for the evening, we would like to apologize to all fans who may have been offended by its content,” the tweet said. “We would also like to apologize to our fans for the appearance being so far below expectations.”
Feldman, 44, is a former child actor who starred in “Gremlins,” “The Goonies” and “Stand by Me.” Later films include “The Lost Boys,” “License to Drive” and “Dream a Little Dream,” and he had a reality show, “The Two Coreys,” with his friend and “License to Drive” co-star Corey Haim in 2007-2008.