In an interview on Wednesday to Sports Illustrated, Larry Miller who is the chairman of Nike Jordan confessed that he killed an 18-years-old boy named Edward Miller in a gang war in 1965. The former was reportedly in a west Philadelphia gang called Cedar Avenue at that time. That incident reportedly was a revenge as the rival gang killed his friend who ‘an innocent’ by stabbing him in the back.
The rival gang was named 53rd and Pine and Larry Miller stated he did not know Edward White and was neither aware whether the young kid was connected to that gang or not. As a result, he spent most of his time in juvenile detention facilities. Moreover after reaching such a high post in his career, it was on a recent occasion that he told his close friends about his incident which he hid from the world from all these years.
Larry Miller Reveals to be in a gang war which shot 18-years-old Edward White
“That’s what makes it even more difficult for me, because it was for no reason at all,” Miller, now 72, said as quoted by BBC. “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.”
Nike told BBC News in a statement that Mr Miller’s life was “an incredible story of second chances”.
“We are proud of Larry Miller and the hope and inspiration his story can offer,” the company said, adding that it supported policies that help former prisoners “open new doors of opportunity and move forward with their lives”.
Having said that, Larry Miller stated that he hopes his story can help steer at-risk youth away from a life of violence and inspire formerly incarcerated people to know they can still make a contribution to society.
“A person’s mistake, or the worst mistake that they made in their life, shouldn’t control what happens with the rest of your life,” he concluded.