The resignation of a director with the Boys and Girls Club of Benton Harbor is being called political punishment by a city commissioner. Commissioner Marcus Muhammad took to Facebook to criticize the resignation of John Howard as the Club's Teen Center Unit Director. Muhammad is running for mayor in the May 6th recall election of Mayor James Hightower, and says Howard was forced out after he was in the background of a photo of Muhammad that appeared on the front page of the "Herald Palladium." Howard tells ABC 57 he's not allowed to discuss the issue. The Boys and Girls Club has issued a statement calling it a "private matter between the Club and a former employee," and expressing regret that it "has become part of the public conversation." That statment says there has been "factually inaccurate information" about Howard's departure on social media and in the ABC 57 report. We have reached out to Howard, Muhammad and Brian Saxton at the Boys and Girls Club and are awaiting responses to the WSJM newsroom.
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