Nike to Remove Paterno's Name from Child Development Center

Freeh Report Prompts Apparel Maker to Drop Penn State Coach's Name

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According to The Oregonian, Nike has announced that it will remove Joe Paterno's name for the child-care center at its headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.

The move comes in the wake of the release of "The Freeh Report," which investigated the events at Pennsylvania State University that allowed former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky to victimize numerous children over the years. Mr. Sandusky was found guilty last month on 45 counts related to child abuse.

The report slams senior administrators, including head football coach Joe Paterno, for exhibiting what a press release issued by Louis Freeh called a "total disregard for the safety and welfare of Sandusky's child victims. . . . The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized. [The men], through actions or words, any concern for the safety and well-being of Sandusky's victims until after Sandusky's arrest."

Mark Parker, president-CEO of Nike -- and, according to The Oregonian, a Penn State graduate -- that the report prompted him to change the name of the Joe Paterno Child Development Center.

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