Nike executive admits to murder when he was in a gang as a teen

Source: The Hill | October 15, 2021 | Lexi Lonas

Nike executive Larry Miller recently admitted that he murdered a person when he was in a gang in Philadelphia as a teenager.

Miller, the Nike and Michael Jordan brand chairman, said in an exclusive interview with Sports Illustrated that he shot a man in 1965 when he was 16 years old.

He said he used a .38-caliber gun to shoot 18-year-old Edward White, who died on the spot. 

“That’s what makes it even more difficult for me, because it was for no reason at all,” Miller, now 72, said. “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.

“We were all drunk,” Miller added. “I was in a haze. Once it kind of set in, I was like, ‘Oh, shit, what have I done?’ It took years for me to understand the real impact of what I had done.”

Miller went to prison and wasn’t released until he was 30 years old. He spent his time in prison getting an education, earning a degree from Temple University in accounting.

Miller has kept this secret from friends and even his own children until recently. In the last few months, he’s told Jordan, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and other Nike executives so they heard it from him first. 


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