Jordan Brand chairman Larry Miller is revealing a lot about his past.
Prior to the release of his upcoming autobiography Jump: My Secret Journey From the Streets to the Boardroom, Miller discloses a secret he’s kept to himself for decades.
In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Miller admitted to killing an 18-year-old in 1965 when he was 16. While he spent time in prison for the crime, he says he still expresses deep regret and that the shooting “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,” he said. “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.”
The shooting occured when Miller and other members of West Philadelphia’s Cedar Avenue gang were looking for retribution after one of their own had been killed in a fight by a rival gang. Miller says he shot the first person he and his fellow gang members came across – an 18-year-old later identified as Edward White.
“We were all drunk,” Miller told the magazine of that night. “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.”
Miller is hoping his story can help at-risk youth and people who are incarcerated.
“If I could go back and undo it, I would absolutely do that,” he said. “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 regards to letting his colleagues at Jordan Brand and in the NBA know about his past crime,