Jordan Brand chairman and former Portland Trailblazer’s president Larry Miller has revealed to Sports Illustrated that he killed a man when he was only 16 years old. The dark secret was kept close to the chest by Miller, even hiding it from Michael Jordan himself.
During the interview, Miller admits that he was a gang member in his youth. After a friend was fatally stabbed in Philadelphia, the brand mogul picked up a gun and went looking for the perpetrator.
Miller recounts that he simply shot the first person he saw, an 18-year-old man named Edward White. He wasn’t even sure if White had anything to do with the murder of his friend.
“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.”
Shortly after the killing, Miller was arrested and remained behind bars until he was 30. In a true rags-to-riches story, he quickly rose to lead the global Jordan Brand after serving as an NBA executive.
It’s only been until recently that he’s shared his secret with his closest confidants, including the worldwide-icon Jordan and NBA commissioner Adam Silver.
Miller says he’d like to use the story to create positives in the lives of youth. He’s a believer in second chances.
“If I could go back and undo it, I would absolutely do that,” Miller added. “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.”
In a similar story, pro wrestler Marty Jannetty admitted to a secret killing during his teenage years in a Facebook post. The wrestler said at, he killed a bowling alley employee because he was gay and dumped the body in the Chattahoochee River.
We’ll take the redemption story of Larry Miller over Jannetty any day. You can check out the full interview with SI below.
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