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Joe Paterno

Nike Changing Name

of Child Care Center

7/12/2012 9:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0712_joe_paterno_center_gettyNike is cutting one of its last remaining ties to Joe Paterno -- removing his name from the child care building on the corporation's campus.

The move comes just hours after independent investigators revealed the late Penn State coach helped cover-up facts about the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.

Nike President Mark Parker said in a statement, "With the findings released today, I have decided to change the name of our child care center at our World Headquarters."

Nike co-founder Phil Knight added, "It appears Joe made missteps that led to heartbreaking consequences." Knight had previously defended Paterno's handling of the scandal.

PSU sports teams have been outfitted by Nike since 1996.

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Sedona AZ    

Way to go Nike. I respect you for this move. Those sick Neanderthals at Pennn State need to be jailed for supporting the rape of young men.

770 days ago
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Dylan    

matt millen on espn refusing to say anything bad about joe paterno..sickening..

770 days ago
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Sally    

It is dificult to believe the people in power at Penn State could turn their backs on such a horrendous crime.

770 days ago
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Lionnnnnesssss    

BRAVO!!!!

770 days ago
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Sally    

I forgot to say, good for Nike!

770 days ago
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amazinglybored    

Wow, his name was on a child care center, that's disturbing. Good for Nike for actually doing something.

770 days ago
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DopeLikeCoke    

That's a great step for Nike. Now if they could only stop the toddlers/child labored from making their shoes... Btw: does this mean Spalding will be Penn States sponsor now?

770 days ago
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Violet    

I can't wait for all these old F**KS to die off and take with them their ''sweep it under the rug'' mentality.

770 days ago
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EggsOverEasy    

Good move Nike. Joe Paterno protected a pedophile for 10 years. He might as well been holding the children down while Sandusky raped them. Absolutely disgusting, and it will hang over Penn State forever..

770 days ago
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Kari    

KUDOS TO NIKE!! NOW, LET'S HOPE EVERYONE INVOLVED IN THE COVER-UP OF RAPING CHILDREN WILL SOON BE BEHIND BARS WITH SANDUSKY!

770 days ago
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GeniusMachine    

I find it highly ironic that the company that uses child slave labor to make it's shoes is changing the name of a child care center that they named after a man that protected and enabled a child rapist for 14 years.

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Anonymous    

"The Joe Paterno Child Development Center"...It begs the question: Developing them for what? I think the term is "grooming" though.

770 days ago
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rgg    

As a victim of rape at the age of 11, i THANK YOU Mr. Knight and Nike for making this decision.

770 days ago
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sidithers    

Karma made this guy a priority case

770 days ago
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Debs626    

I agree they should take Paterno's name off of thise center. Now my question to Nike is why is Michael Vick the dog killer still a spokesperson for their company?
Shame on Nike , I would rather rot in hell than purchase anything from Nike. These people have no conscience.

770 days ago
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