Jordan Brand Chairman Larry Miller Opens Up About Killing a Man at 16

Jordan Brand’s Chairman revealed to Sports Illustrated a secret he’s kept for 56

years. The former president of the Portland Trail Blazers came clean about killing a

man at 16 and hiding the secret from close acquaintances, including Michael Jordan

and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, until recently.

In his cover story, Larry Miller admitted to killing 18-year-old Edward White in

September 1965. He explained being a gang member and seeking retaliation after a

friend was fatally stabbed in West Philadelphia.

Miller claimed he went hunting for a rival gang member as revenge for his friend’s

death. After drinking a bottle of wine to himself, he grabbed his gun and shot the first

person he saw. Miller shot and killed White without knowing if he was involved in his

friend’s stabbing.

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

Miller 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.”

Miller was arrested for the murder and ended up spending the rest of his adolescence

and early adulthood behind bars until he turned 30. Shortly afterward, he earned an

accounting degree from Temple University. However, after being denied a job once he

disclosed his criminal history, he decided to never disclose his past again.

The Jordan Brand executive eventually landed a job as Nike’s vice president, in 1997,

before serving as Jordan Brand’s president from 1999 until 2006. After his tenure as

the Blazers’ president, he returned to Jordan Brand in 2012.

In the Sports Illustrated story, Miller described the fear of taking high-profile jobs

and having his criminal past exposed. He also described coming clean to his inner

circle. Miller claimed he decided to come clean in order to encourage others to

consider second chances and prevent the youth from following in his footsteps.

“If I could go back and undo it, I would absolutely do that,” Miller stated. “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.”

Source: Sports Illustrated

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