Apparently there’s a day care center named after Joe Paterno at Nike’s World Headquarters (above), or at least there was until today’s Freeh Report which confirmed what most people already suspected about Paterno’s involvement in putting Penn State‘s reputation above protecting child rape victims from Jerry Sandusky. Nike is pulling his name off the building effective today. TMZ reports:
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 founder Phil Knight added, “It appears Joe made missteps that led to heartbreaking consequences.”
I would ask if Penn State’s going to tear down Paterno’s statue now, but they’ve already shown how they’re going to handle this. Philly.com reports:
The handful of students and alumni that gathered in Penn State’s student center this morning to watch the release of the Freeh report live were stunned when the channel suddenly switched.
While most of campus was still sleepy, the small group was viewing CNN on a large screen, or one of several smaller screens nearby, in anticipation of the 9 a.m. release of the report on the sex abuse scandal that has gripped the school.
Most were hoping that the report, part of a seven-month probe by former FBI Director Louis Freeh, would exonerate legendary football coach Joe Paterno.
But, just as an anchor was ready to speak about the report, the television screens suddenly went blank. They then turned to a public access channel featuring a reporter from The Morning Call newspaper in Allentown about the state budget.
“Okay, maybe this time if people can’t see it, it never really happened. This has gotta work once.” – Penn State