Nike Pulls Joe Paterno’s Name Off Day Care Center. Probably A Good Idea.

July 12th, 2012 // 59 Comments
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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

Photo: Nike

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  1. Cock Dr

    That Penn State statue needs to come down.

    • Larry Dallas

      Put this man/woman’s face on a can of stew!

    • lily

      Agree….you mean the one in front of the stadium i assume. EVERYTHING on and near that campus with his name on it should come down. the library, the roads, even the fucking ice cream flavor at the creamery. its fucking disgusting that this all happened….makes me sick to know I was sitting in class in 2007 while kids were being molested across campus.

      • Sizzle

        Yep. Not a PSU alum, but I went to nearby Juniata College. in 2007 we were organizing a charity drive to benefit that asshole’s Second Mile Program. Makes me sick…

  2. Sven Golly

    Okay, so it’s true Joe was also in the shower when Sandusky committed these acts but in his defense, his glasses were all fogged up.

  3. Smapdi

    They just need to change the word ‘Development’ to ‘Grooming’ or ‘Endangerment’ to make it accurate.

  4. Dan Quayle

    Weakest position on the State Pen offense was Tight End

  5. Archie Leach

    I suspect they’ve been very busy shredding a LOT of documents over at the University of Notre Dame.

    • Fucking shredders ruin everything. You could always tell when anyone big was in trouble and getting ready to run because of the smoke from the burning documents.

      Man, I get so nostalgic for the fall of Berlin these days.

  6. I want to see a report into whether Nike knew about Joe knowing about Jerry. Not going to wear Nike until this is cleared up.

    • BeBo Wobbley

      According to statements made by Phil Knight to local media here in Portland, he was not aware of this facts. In Nike’s favor, they immediately changed the name this morning and strongly condemned the actions of Paterno and others at Penn State, who had knowledge of the actions of Jerry Sandusky and either did nothing to stop it or outright acted to hide that information in order to preserve the name of the University. It should also be noted that the individual who made the decision to change the name of the child care center at Nike by removing Paterno’s name, is in fact, a Penn State alumnus and is completely disgusted by all of the actions of the Penn State administration and other responsible people in positions of authority at Penn State.

  7. NittanyFan87

    I still don’t understand why some people want to tarnish 80 years of great work and destroy an old man’s legacy.

    • I’m no expert, but it might be because he looked the other way while one of his staff held down little boys and buttfucked them.

    • Seriously, troll, you were over the top the first time you tried this – next time try not to be so obvious. But to repeat it verbatim? Not only is that lazy, now you’re just being boring.

      • NittanyFan87

        Or maybe it bothers you because it’s true? You know people are coming out of the woodwork to condemn a man who spent his entire life helping people because of one little mistake. I guess I shouldn’t expect any better though. After all, there’s only one place on Earth called Happy Valley. The rest of the world is just filled with bitter misanthropes.

      • I agree with NittanyFan87. Joe did spend his entire life helping people. Like that time he helped his friend Jerry get away with butt-fucking all those young boys. Go Joe!

      • Pepfal

        One “little” mistake? I guess you consider endangering a child by letting a pedophile abuse them “little”…I hope you don’t have any children.

      • Doug MacRay

        14 years of covering up the truth . 14 years of looking the other way while Jerry ass – raped young boys/ men. Is this how you determined it was one little mistake ?

    • Tom

      “great work”? While I’m not going to claim that sports and entertainment aren’t valuable, let’s not delude ourselves here. He wasn’t exactly Mother Teresa or . Calling football coaching “great work” is demeaning to all the doctors, scientists and engineers out there who try to make things to make our lives easier or cure diseases, let alone I dunno, the road crew who keeps roads in decent shape so your car doesn’t get fucked whenever you drive out to see Grandma. Those dudes are doing a hell of a lot more for society than JoePa, and chances are that most of them aren’t okay with their coworkers raping kids!

  8. booya

    What kind of prison is that place? It’s like the old days where kids were forced to pick their switch except here you pick your broom handle.

    • The Royal Penis

      It’s not a “prison”. It’s a development center.

      They were developing children to be better sex slaves and Nike decided it best to change their mission in light of focus groups that suggest there’s no enough pedo’s to support shoes made in China by young but sexually unavailable children.

    • BeBo Wobbley

      The building in the picture is located on Nike’s World Campus in Beaverton, Or…It is a onsite child care facility for the employees of Nike, has nothing to do with Penn State beyond the name on the front and is just one of the many perks given to Nike employees. All crass and stupidly ignorant comments about training centers and prisons are without merit or validity.

  9. They pulled the broadcast.

    Well, so much for Penn State teaching its students responsibility, honesty, accepting the consequences of their actions…

    …oh well, I suppose it’s good real life experience for the prospective MBAs.

  10. It’s the same old story, the almighty corporate organization is more important that the “little people” it screws over. Just keep that money coming in, boys! It’s worked 1700 years now for the pope, and 200 years for congress. If you really want an object lesson in how unimportant you are, elect Bain Capital, I mean Mitt Romney, in November…

    • The Royal Penis

      Agreed, but if you think electing Obama is going to make you any more important you’re as deluded as the rest of the sheeple.

      As George Carlin said before taking his dirt nap: “It’s a big club and you ain’t in it”.

      It doesn’t matter which label you elect, “R” or “D”, either way you’re taking a big red, white and blue dick up your ass.

      • While it’s true that neither party is particularly populist, it’s naive to claim that both parties are equal in their policy positions. *shrugs* But then, I haven’t ever met anyone who used the word “sheeple” that was big on actually thinking…

      • The Royal Penis

        “it’s naive to claim that both parties are equal in their policy positions”

        Did I make that claim or is that the voices in your head when you’ve missed med time?

      • “It doesn’t matter which label you elect, “R” or “D”, either way you’re taking a big red, white and blue dick up your ass.”

        If you happen to be anything other than a white anglo-saxon protestant (or, to be more specific, a RICH white anglo-saxon protestant), it really does matter which label you elect…

  11. tlmck

    They could rename the day care center for Phil Knight. He only exploits child laborers in Asia.

  12. Eric P

    Penn State? Go Fightin’ Pedophiles!

  13. Has there ever been a better moment to quote Jules Winnfield’s quoting of Ezekiel 25 17:

    The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he, who in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee.

    I’m not religious, but I hope Sandusky’s cell mate is.

  14. Here’s an idea (yeah, i’m posting twice in a row after not posting once in the 7 years i’ve been visiting this site):

    Sandusky’s first night in general population should be a televised, pay-per-view event. All of the proceeds would go to the victims. If he survives the first night, there can be as many additional pay-per-view events as possible until he is finally raped to death. Just spit ballin’ here…

    • You’d think someone saddled with a “histrionic personality” would enjoy the attention, let alone the chance to be on TV.

      • I’m sure he’d be very excited to be on TV – until he realized what was actually going on. Kind of like when Jeff Spicoli was tricked into attending Mr. Hand’s history class: “hey, there’s no birthday party for me in here!?!?”

  15. Dude of Dudes

    In other news the new “Sandusky Reach Around Health Clinic” was just opened.

  16. Wow. Way to be real proactive, Nike. You just waited until you were slapped in the face with it? What a bunch of turds.

  17. Rich

    Now maybe we can remove Obama from the White House. He’s worse than JoePa… Joe only turned a blind eye to Sandusky raping kids, while Obama’s turning a blind eye to America being destroyed. Playing the fiddle while Rome burns has never been a more accurate phrase.

    • Rich

      i misspoke there. Führer Obama is more comparable to Sandusky – he’s gleefully, unrepentantly raping America.

    • sitsdeep

      “only turned a blind eye to Sandusky raping kids” is comparable to the political process, no matter which party is in office? Take a hike you turd.

      • Rich

        Sandusky might’ve ruined the lives of a couple dozen kids. That’s horrible but it’s nothing compared to Obama and his cronies trying their damndest to tear apart a nation of over 300 million.

      • sitsdeep

        Please tell me how the utter destruction of a young child’s innocence and faith in people they trust is comparable to the political process?

      • Sean

        Huh? First of all, many new victims have come forward since the guilty verdict. More like hundreds, possibly a thousand victims. You have NO idea what it is like to be raped as a child, do you? Shame on you for belitting the horror by bizarrely equating it to the political process. Leave Obama – or Romney- out of this. And go educate yourself on the effects of rape on children.

    • El Jefe

      Stop feeding idiot trolls like Rich.

      • Rich

        So I’m an idiot troll now? Der Führer Obama and liberals like you really are mentally ill. I wish we could hospitalize all of you so you understand how twisted and poisonous your worldviews are.

  18. Kat

    Lay off Joe Paterno; he did absolutely nothing wrong. Let the man rest.

    • It was allowing the boyrape. If not for all the boyrape surrounding him, people would still love him. So there is no doubt: if not for all the young boys who were raped under his watch, Paterno would still be a deity in Pennsylvania. But for the boyrape. Other than the boyrape, he did absolutely nothing wrong, yes. I think we can all acknowledge that.

      • Kat

        He was given second hand information about the “boyrape” and did everything he possibly could have. People are just looking for somebody to blame-nobody blames the dumbass parents for leaving their children with Sandusky. Sandusky was convicted, it’s OVER-these pussies who are saying that Joe Paterno’s statue should come down probably could just never make the football team.

  19. Schmidtler

    I am sure this sounds nit picky, but I’m tired of all the comments about ‘how sad it is that paterno’s legacy has been ruined’ – his legacy is entirely intact – it’s just that now, since the facts have come out about his role in shielding his assistant coach from public scrutiny over his habitual decades long child raping activities, his legacy includes not just his accomplishments as a college football coach, but the previously unknown dimension of his personality – as someone so obsessively driven to promote his football program that he was ok with children being raped, and the football program’s facilities being used to carry out the child raping, as long as it was kept quiet. His legacy hasn’t been ruined, it’s just been fleshed out so we can now know what kind of person paterno really was.
    If a person was possessed of the kind of character necessary to put everything they worked for in jeopardy to protect innocent victims, could that type of person succeed at the highest competitive levels of college coaching, and do it for decades? Not saying they should be excused from being decent people, just saying if anybody thinks Paterno is the only one in big time college sports programs that puts the money machine first and ethics second, just wait for the next scandal to see that you’re naive.

  20. Pat C.

    I fell kinda sorry for Joe, All this infamy and, unlike Jerry, he didn’t get to enjoy any of it.

  21. hbw

    Renaming is the right idea, but the “Jerry Sandusky Home for Wayward Boys” isn’t.

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