Long-time Nike USA executive has admitted that he killed and shot a teenager in West Philadelphia 56 years back.

Larry Miller (chairman of Jordan Brand) confessed the 1965 murder to Sports Illustrated in an interview.

He said that he felt “eating me up” about his 16-year-old actions as a gangbanger.

He made the admission ahead of the publication of his memoir next spring.

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Miller stated that he was 13 years old when he joined Cedar Avenue Gang in West Philadelphia. He quickly became a “straight-A student”, and began drinking every day.

Miller claims that Miller was a victim of the murder of his friend by a member from a rival gang. He then grabbed a.38 handgun and got drunk with three other friends before setting out to seek revenge.

He instead fired at the first person they saw, 18-year-old Edward White, 30 September 1965.

He said, “That’s why it makes it more difficult for me because it wasn’t for any reason at all.”

The murder conviction was carried out in prison.

Miller called it “really difficult” that he decided to openly discuss his past, something he kept secret from his kids, friends, and close business associates.

Sports Illustrated told him that he ran away because he was afraid of it all his life. I tried to conceal it and hope people wouldn’t discover about it.”

He has worked at Nike since 1997.

Also, he was an executive at Kraft Foods as well as Campbell Soups. He also served the Portland Trail Blazers’ professional basketball team as a president.

He said he didn’t lie about his time in prison when applying for jobs.

According to reports, Miller informed his closest circle members, which included NBA commissioner Adam Silver and basketball legend Michael Jordan, about the incident before he spoke with reporters.

The incident and his subsequent book, “Jump:My Secret Journey From the Streets To the Boardroom”, which he co-authored with his oldest child will be detailed in his forthcoming book.

He hopes that the story of his life can inspire ex-incarcerated persons to realize they are still capable of making a difference in society.

He stated, “A person’s mistakes, or the most serious mistake they have made, shouldn’t dictate what will happen with your rest of life.”

Source: BBC.com

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