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Nike Removes Paterno Name from Childcare Center

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Phil Knight, chairman of Nike, has been one of Joe Paterno’s biggest supporters throughout the Sandusky scandal. He spoke at “A Memorial for Joe” on January 26th and even called the late coach his hero.

His company has decided to remove Paterno’s name from its Child Development Center in Beaverton, Oregon following findings revealed in the Freeh Report this morning.

Nike CEO, Mike Parker, would go on to explain the decision in a statement:

I have been deeply saddened by the news coming out of this investigation at Penn State. 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.

Knight also released a statement:

Other than my parents, my college coach, Bill Bowerman, was the biggest influence in my life. Bill Bowerman and Joe Paterno shared some great qualities. Throughout Joe Paterno’s career, he strived to put young athletes in a position to succeed and win in sport but most importantly in life. Joe influenced thousands of young men to become better leaders, fathers and husbands.

According to the investigation, it appears Joe made missteps that led to heartbreaking consequences. I missed that Joe missed it, and I am extremely saddened on this day. My love for Joe and his family remains.

Despite Knight’s final line, the “Joe Paterno” Child Development Center is no more.

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Sandusky Scandal - On November 5, 2011, a 23-page Grand Jury report rocked Penn State to its foundation. As a result of Jerry Sandusky being convicted on 45 of 48 counts sexual abuse against 10 minors and subsequent fallout and alleged coverup by several key school administrators and legendary coach Joe Paterno, these events will forever be a dark stain in the history of our University. Read more