It seems naming your child care center after a man accused of shielding a child molester isn’t such a great idea. At least that’s what Nike concluded, according to this statement from Nike President & 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.
No word on the new name just yet.
Meanwhile, Nike founder and board chairman issued a rather odd statement:
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.
“I missed that Joe missed it”? Perhaps this is a very, very subtle to his attack on Penn State at Paterno’s funeral.