PA-- Joe Paterno Nike shoes? Nope. “Thanks,” victims say
For immediate release: Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016
New court records show that Nike dropped a plan to possibly produce shoes honoring Joe Paterno. We're grateful for this decision. But we hope no other profit-seekers are considering similar projects. Honoring Paterno rubs salt into the already-deep and often still-fresh wounds of child sex abuse victims, especially those hurt by Paterno's long-time colleague Jerry Sandusky.
Plenty of people do great work and deserve recognition. At this point, Paterno does not. People who want to make a buck off Penn State's football program should ask themselves "How would I feel if my son had been assaulted by Sandusky while college staff ignored warnings of his predatory behavior?"
We hope every single person who saw, suspected or suffered crimes or cover ups at Penn State will find the strength to call police, expose wrongdoers and protect kids.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
Paterno shoes? Court document asks for explanation of potential Nike project
By Charles Thompson | firstname.lastname@example.org, January 20, 2016, PennLive.com
Basketball courts have their Jordans.
Could football fields have had "Paternos?"
We may find out later this year.
The data mine that Joe Paterno's estate's lawsuit against the National Collegiate Athletic Association is at the moment yielded an interesting nugget from new court filings Wednesday.
The NCAA, presumably in testing the estate's assertions that it has suffered financial damages from the association's involvement in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, asked Nike Inc. to . . .
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.