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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