The chairman of Nike’s Jordan brand, Larry Miller, confessed that he shot a teenager in late 1965. This confession was made during an interview with Sports Illustrated.
Miller further said that the time he shot Edward White, who was 18 years old, Miller was 16 years old. At that time, Miller stated that he was in a West Philadelphia gang called Cedar Avenue at the time.
While telling about that incident, Miller reported that his innocent friend was murdered by the gang, they stabbed him in September 1965. Miller, with his other gang members, went out looking for that gang’s person. They decided to kill any person who would be associated with that rival gang. So they shot dead the first person they saw.
Miller, while confessing, said that the moment he shot White, he did not know whether White was associated with that gang or not. The rival gang was also known by the name 53rd and Pine.
Miller told the publication that at that moment, they all were drunk and were in a haze. After that, he said that he spent most of his 20s and teenage in the prison or juvenile detention facilities.
Miller said, “By the time I was 16, I was just a straight-up gangbanger, thug. I was drinking every day. If I could go back and undo it, I would absolutely do that. I can’t. So all I can do is try to do what I can to help other people and try to maybe prevent this from happening to someone else.
Miller also spent five years as the president of the NBA team, the Portland Trail Blazers.
Miller said that when he was in prison, he read for an accounting degree in Temple University. After he moved from prison, he nearly took a job with the accounting firm of Arthur Andersen, but after he revealed his criminal past during his final interview. The company’s hiring partner turned their mind about offering him a job.
Nike CEO John Donohoe told, “Larry Miller has played an influential role in Nike history and is a beloved member of the Nike family.
Donohoe said, “I hope his experience can create a healthy discourse around criminal justice reform by helping remove the stigma that holds people and communities back.”