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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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16.

Andrew    

Hey Phil, you were such a tough guy at Paterno's funeral.....what happened?

Go f*** yourself Phil Knight

770 days ago
17.

sidithers    

PSU
Pedophile
State
University

770 days ago
18.

Pimpcessa    

Although this is great news, I would love to see his statue taken down at Penn State, and would love to see a majority of his pension delivered to those boys he allowed to be mollested under his very nose.


You know, it's obvious just by listening to Sandusky, that he's not a normal man. He was his own worst witness in his interviews even. That said, the people who were not sick and demented, not only allowed this to happen but accomodated this beast. And they knew what they were doing.


Additionally, it's not as if the police were not aware of sexual accusations years and years ago. And the investigations went nowhere. I think it's safe to assume, there's going to be a few more hands caught in this cookie jar, in the future. Unless they can squash it out now.


You all do realize how much money Penn State brings to the city's economy right? Is it really that far off to think that a lot more people around there knew, and did nothing? College football is big money folks. And considering Sandusky's inability to save himself, in his own creepy interviews, it wouldn't shock me that he would've thrown them all under the bus had those past investigations not been squashed by someone probably very high up. Hope to hell I made sense, haha.

770 days ago
19.

static    

Way to go Nike now clean up your own house.

770 days ago
20.

harleyharlett    

good for Nike!!!!

770 days ago
21.

Jay     

Close the program down

770 days ago
22.

ManiacalZebra    

Good for them. With evidence that he covered up a crime against a child, his name shouldn't be on a child care center.

770 days ago
23.

paigehop    

What else could they do?! Do it yesterday!

770 days ago
24.

LOLOL    

Screw changing the name..Burn that place to the ground...That past association alone makes it one creepy place to ever have a kid in..That place is cursed with pedophile ghosts forever now..lololol

770 days ago
25.

billman    

After receiving a large anonymous donation Nike will change it to the Jerry Sandusky Child Care Center.

770 days ago
26.

billman    

After receiving a large anonymous donation Nike will change it to the Jerry Sandusky Child Care Center.

770 days ago
27.

bearforce1    

Joe paterno looks like a catholic priest in that photo,

770 days ago
28.

TotallyNotBiased    

The NCAA should strip Paterno of every win from the past 13 years! If you’ll recall, Bobby Bowden had 12 victories taken away by the NCAA for an academic cheating scandal at FSU that he was not implicated in at all. Paterno has been implicated in essentially ignoring and covering up the most despicable, disgusting and deplorable child sex crimes that you can possibly imagine.

770 days ago
29.

JuicyJ    

**** JOE PA i hope he burn in hell, he prolly either died before it was found out he molested kids too or sandusky killed him to prevent him from testifying. either way he knew all along kids were being molested but ignored it cause he won championships. ****in pedo!!!! anyone who defends him can suck a dick

770 days ago
30.

WhoCares    

Good move. Now if the NCAA will step up to the plate and suspend the football program maybe it will get the attention of all those bonehead Paterno supporters who continue to worship this despicable excuse of a human being

770 days ago
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