Air Jordans. Chances are, you — or someone you know — have owned at least one pair. The chairman of Nike’s successful brand made a startling admission on Wednesday in an interview with Sports Illustrated that he served time in prison when he was a member of Philadelphia’s notorious Cedar Avenue gang.
The “why” 72-year-old Larry Miller served prison time is chilling.
Miller revealed he murdered an innocent 18-year-old boy, Edward White. The Nike business mogul didn’t even know White, as reported by Daily Mail, but wanted to avenge the murder of a fellow gang murder and ended up shooting the first person he saw.
The CEO of Nike praised top executive Larry Miller for admitting in a Wednesday interview that he murdered a teenager in 1965.
— Washington Free Beacon (@FreeBeacon) October 14, 2021
Here’s more, via Daily Mail:
Miller says he took to the streets drunkenly and in search of revenge after one of his friends and fellow gang members was fatally stabbed by a member of the rival 53rd and Pine gang.
White did nothing to provoke him, and there’s no suggestion he was a member of any other gang. He died on the spot after being shot with a .38 Miller had gotten from his girlfriend.
Miller told Sports Illustrated:
“We were all drunk. I was in a haze. Once it kind of set in, I was like, ‘Oh, sh*t, what have I done?’ It took years for me to understand the real impact of what I had done. That’s what makes it even more difficult for me because it was for no reason at all.
“I mean, there was no valid reason for this to happen. And that’s the thing that I really struggle with and that’s —you know, it’s the thing that I think about every day. It’s like, I did this, and to someone who — it was no reason to do it. And that’s the part that really bothers me.”
The murder “really bothered” Miller so much he hid it for 56 years.
And Nike — one of the “wokest” corporations in America? How did it respond to Miller’s revelation? It issued a gushing statement in full support of (black) Miller, of course. CEO John Donahue, as transcribed by Daily Mail:
His story is an example of the resilience, perseverance and strength of the human spirit. I hope his experience can create a healthy discourse around criminal justice reform, by helping remove the stigma that holds people and communities back.
Edward White was unavailable for comment.
One — this one — wonders what Donahue’s reaction would have been if Miller was white? Rhetorical wondering, of course.
According to Daily Mail, Miller claimed he never lied about the murder on a job application, saying most employers most only asked for details of criminal convictions from the last five years.
— Daily Star Sport (@DailyStar_Sport) October 14, 2021
Michael Jordan, although not directly quoted, is also said to be supportive of Miller, reported Daily Mail.
So why does any of this matter? It doesn’t — in the crazy train world in which we now find ourselves, but given the “wokeness” of Nike, it “might” have made me smile.