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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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46.

sheesh    

first Knight defended him, now he makes this decision. What changed his mind? (Knight is still the king of Nike and you know he's making the ultimate decision) What took so long?

803 days ago
47.

Daniel    

I understand the fact why nike is doing what they are doing. But just think about it....Joe is now dead so it is really easy to say he covered it up. We dont know anything about what he did or didn't say. He might have not said anything or he could have said something and was told to keep his mouth shut we will never know. I hate how everyone goes with what is said now....so what happens if they come back ten years from now and say he told someone...they what is everyone going to say...Plus nike sucks as a company...they only make money because of all the stupid people in the world who spend $100 on a pair of shoes. Give me a break...they have Vick and Woods still under contact and look at the things like did...But hey look at the people that market and buy the nike products...not the smart "type of people" are they

803 days ago
48.

Paul Lynde    

NIKE is just covering their own sweat shop a$$.

803 days ago
49.

News Flash     

Vengeance is mine saith the Lord.

803 days ago
50.

pam    

That is mighty white of you all, shoulda been done long ago.......I pause to wonder what his hell is like.

803 days ago
51.

Throwback kid    

Now that Nike had a change of heart about Paterno and suddenly got a conscience. How about going one step further Phil Knight and close down those sweat shops overseas and make your shoes in the USA with American workers getting paid a fair wage? Oh yea, if he does that then he can't pay millions of dollars to Jordan and these other overpriced jocks to sell his over priced Nikes.

802 days ago
52.

Throwback kid    

Phil Knight is a gutless wimp! why is he changing the name now? During Paterno's funereal Knight was just so sure Paterno didn't do anything wrong and told the crowd that he did what he was supposed to do and tell his superiors. Now that we see Paterno knew what was going on and people are just disgusted by Paterno's behavior and lack of action, only now does his good buddy Phil Knight change his mind about this. He wants to sell shoes and while Paterno is burning in hell Knight is only worried about Nike's stock falling if people won't buy his overpriced shoes.Way to cocer your a-s-s Phil Knight! I bet you knew Paterno was wrong all along

802 days ago
53.

Lovejac23    

Disgusting they havn't taken his name off yet.

802 days ago
54.

Big Labowski    

They put his name on a child care center??? How ironic. Awesome for you Nike. Now lets hang Sandusky an beat the parents who let their children spend the night with a grown man.

802 days ago
55.

Meow99    

it's too bad that his whole career is now marred all because he didn't pick up the phone and call the police.

802 days ago
56.

renee    

as they should!

802 days ago
57.

bunny    

What's sad is, this place is located in my State. How embarrassing.

802 days ago
58.

steven kendrick    

DONT BLAME JOE,

802 days ago
59.

suz    

I'm going to buy Nikes today to show my support for their decision. It's nice that some corporations still have ethical standards.

802 days ago
60.

Sloane    

Paterno statue needs to come down also now that the truth is out
he was no role model
he put a stupid GAME over the LIVES of young boys
take the statue down!

802 days ago
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