Nike said in 2011 that it wouldn’t remove Joe Paterno’s name from a child care facility on its Beaverton, Oregon campus because “Our relationship with Penn State remains unchanged,” a spokesperson said. That was November 9. Today, Nike has announced, as a result of the crushing Freeh Report, that Paterno’s name will be removed from the center.
Oh, and Phil Knight wants you to know he still loves Joe Paterno.
According to a statement released to Darren Rovell:
Nike to take JoePa’s name off childcare center. Statement from Nike CEO Mark Parker: “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.”
Seems like a logical decision. Smart man making a smart decision.
But then we get this from Phil Knight:
“Other than my parents, my college coach, Bill Bowerman, was the biggest influence in my life. Bill Bowerman and Joe Paterno shared some great qualities. Throughout Joe Paterno’s career, he strived to put young athletes in a position to succeed and win in sport but most importantly in life. Joe influenced thousands of young men to become better leaders, fathers and husbands.
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.”
Don’t forget the eulogy Phil delivered in January. Start at the 6:00 mark because it’ll make you very angry today.