Joe Paterno’s name taken off Nike child development center

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Will more organizations continue to distance themselves from the Joe Paterno name following the release of the Freeh investigation report? (Credit: REUTERS/Matt Sullivan/Files)

The distancing from all things Joe Paterno, following the release of the Freeh investigation report, has already begun.

Just a few hours after the entire investigation into Penn State’s actions concerning former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky came to light, Nike has decided to remove Paterno’s name from the child development center on its campus in Beaverton, Oregon.

“I have been deeply saddened by the news coming out of this investigation at Penn State,” said Nike Chief Executive Mark Parker, a Penn State graduate, in a statement. “It is a terrible tragedy that children were unprotected from such abhorrent crimes.   With the findings released today, I have decided to change the name of our child care center at our World Headquarters. My thoughts are with the victims and the Penn State community.”

At Paterno’s memorial in January, Nike CEO Phil Knight came to the long-time coach’s defense in handling the Sandusky situation.

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2 Responses to Joe Paterno’s name taken off Nike child development center

  • I am Amazed to see how easily the people of Pa. can just throw away 60 years of service to a school. THE GUY WHO IS RESPONSIBLE IS LOCKED AWAY FOREVER ISN’T THAT ENOUGH.
    While your at it, why not destroy the name of the guy who hired Jo Pa some 60 years ago.
    It is a source of wonder to me how these kids, (football players) didn’t say anything before this.

  • I am sadden by the latest development surrounding the Sandusky case. The one point that I would like to make is former Football Coach Joe Paterno is a legend of one of the greatest Institutions of Higer Education that I know of.
    After hearing the report of Mr Freed I believe the the healing process can only begin after the statue of Joe Paterno is removed from the PSU campus. Yes it is true that he did alot for PSU but he also had a moral obligation to help protect the young people who visited the PSU campus.

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