Mark Parker, the Chief executive of Nike, announced on Thursday that the major U.S. manufacturer has decided to change the name of the Joe Paterno Child Development Center, which is a child care facility at Nike’s headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.
Parker was genuinely saddened by the news that came out during the Louis Freeh investigation about the Penn State child sex abuse scandal. “Our most saddening and sobering finding is the total disregard for the safety and welfare of Sandusky’s child victims by the most senior leaders at Penn State,” said former FBI Director Louis Freeh, who was hired by university trustees to look into what has become one of sports’ biggest scandals. “The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized.”
The founder of Nike, Phil Knight, who previously defended Paterno during his memorial service, stated ”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,” Knight said.
The new name for the development center has not been announced.