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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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31.

41bls    

Yeah, WAY TO GO NIKE! You pimp your products using how many convicted thugs in sports yet this one is different? Right. Nice jumping on the bandwagon. If they were serious, they'd be dumping more than this...

798 days ago
32.

Dismas    

When I was 15, I had sex with my Spanish teacher. She was hot. I don't feel molested. I had a great time and don't regret it. She was my first. Sadly, she lost her job because there were other students and one bragged about it. She is on the registry now. Great teacher, too.

798 days ago
33.

cory    

Good for nike.

798 days ago
34.

Peter Hobson    

The Roman Polanski Center will be more acceptable!

798 days ago
35.

Laura    

THIS IS A GOOD/SMART MOVE! NOW EVERYONE ASSOCIATED WITH JOE PATERNO'S NAME SHOULD TURN THEIR BACK AND DO THE RIGHT THING AND... THEY SHOULD ALSO TAKE EVERY SINGLE DIME OF MRS. PATERNO'S THAT WAS EARNED/RAISED THROUGH MR. PATERNO'S NAME... THEN GIVEN TO ALL VICTIMS! (i'M SURE THERE'S MORE)I CAN NOT BELIEVE SHE IS ENTITLED TO ANYTHING OTHER THAN HER DAMN SOCIAL SECURITY... IF THAT!!

798 days ago
36.

InsaneClownPosseChaos    

Hope they dig 'ole joe up and toss him in the trash.

798 days ago
37.

Simone    

Allowing the RAPING of children is NOT a mis-step McKnight.

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What a idiot you are. Glad I don't buy Nike products as I would in no way want to support someone like McKnight.

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Perhaps McKnight has children or grand-children that will be the VICTIM of a mis-step.

798 days ago
38.

ray    

just a little perverse, having a child care center named after a person who supported and defended a child RAPIST.

798 days ago
39.

Uh    

Good for Nike?? Nike only pulls an endorsement when said endorsement can hurt them. Look what they were saying just a month ago They could care less about the children..look at their labor force

798 days ago
40.

TT    

IF there is a hell, burn PATERNO!

798 days ago
41.

Chun LI    

Good for them. That rat bastard did nothing about Sandusky.

798 days ago
42.

Jan P    

"Joe made "missteps"??? Missteps??? Take his name off everything and take away all his awards. The slimy creep!

798 days ago
43.

Jan P    

"missteps"???? he intentionally withheld information. Take his name off everything, take away any "awards" he was given.The slimy creep!

798 days ago
44.

bubblezzz    

NIKE does not support PERVS!

798 days ago
45.

BB    

Just Do It.


Except child anal rape... yeah... Don't do that.

798 days ago
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