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Nike Boss Larry Miller Says He Murdered Someone When He Was 16

Dominic Smithers

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Nike Boss Larry Miller Says He Murdered Someone When He Was 16

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The head of Nike has admitted that he killed someone when he was just 16 years old.

Larry Miller shared the shocking story in an interview this week, revealing he had served time in prison for shooting Edward White, who was just 18 at the time and a member of the rival Cedar Avenue gang.

Speaking to Sports Illustrated, the 72-year-old said he was drunk at the time and was looking for blood to avenge his friend who was stabbed to death.

The sports company's CEO admitted that White was simply the first person he saw and hadn't done anything to provoke the attack.

Miller said: "We were all drunk. I was in a haze. Once it kind of set in, I was like, "Oh, s**t, what have I done?" It took years for me to understand the real impact of what I had done.

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Credit: Getty Images

"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."

Miller went on to explain that he chose to discuss his past after suffering from migraines and having very vivid nightmares.

He explained: "It was eating me up inside. 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."

While in prison, Miller studied and got an accounting degree from Temple University.

Following his release, he went on to work for a number of huge companies, such as Kraft and Campbell Soup.

Credit: Getty
Credit: Getty

However, he said he was constantly in fear of being 'found out'.

He added: "[I worried] that somebody would tap me on the shoulder and say, 'Hey, aren't you ...?' Or, 'Didn't you...?' And then everything would just kind of come crashing down.

"Just that pressure that was building up from keeping this inside and being afraid that it would come out and ruin everything."

Since sharing his story, Nike has come out in support of Miller, saying it hoped that it would help others from similar backgrounds to him.

CEO John Donahue said: "Larry Miller has played an influential role in Nike history and is a beloved member of the Nike family.

"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."

Topics: Police, US News, crime, Nike, Prison

Dominic Smithers
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