Nike has announced that they will be renaming the child development center in Beaverton, Oregon, after FBI investigator Louis Freeh publicly gave his report about the cover-up of child abuse at Penn State.
Both Mark Parker and Phil Knight, CEO and co-founder of Nike, respectively, released statements on the Nike, Inc. website yesterday on the changing of the World Headquarters.
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.
– Mark Parker
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.
– Phil Knight
Freeh believed that Joe Paterno was among the Penn State administrators that covered-up allegations of Jerry Sandusky sexually abusing kids at the university. The most damning quote from the beginning of his statements: ”The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized.”
The move is obviously a good one now that we know that Paterno did in fact cover things up to protect the program.
This comes after Knight made comments earlier this year at a Joe Paterno memorial service at Penn State University, and giving indication that the center wouldn’t be renamed.
“Whatever the details of the investigation are, this much is clear to me: There is a villain in this tragedy that lies in that investigation, not in Joe Paterno’s response to it.”