Temple graduate, MBA from LaSalle, 10 years at Nike, former president of the Portland Trail Blazers, and boasting of a Profile of CAA speakers, this is how you would expect a Jordan Brand executive’s resume to be read. This resume is owned by Larry Miller, Chairman of the Company’s Advisory Board. However, a close examination of this resume would reveal a “hole”. Miller received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Temple in 1982. He is currently 72 years old.
That would make him 16 in 1965, the year he murdered 18-year-old Edward White in Philadelphia.
Miller had previously revealed this information to his business partners, Phil Knight and Michael Jordan, then he told the world in a maintenance with Howard Beck from Illustrated sports promoting his delivered, Jump: my secret journey from the street to the boardroom.
This journey begins with Miller as a juvenile delinquent. His life consisted of daily consumption by minors, violence and juvenile detention centers. Then one day a friend of hers was killed in a gang fight. Miller then got drunk, took a gun, went out for revenge, and ended up killing White. Miller was released from prison at age 30 and embarked on a new journey, one that took him to business America. Miller told Beck that none of his employers had ever known about his crime, and for a time the only one of his children to know was his eldest daughter, who had to visit him in prison – but the memory tormented him with nightmares and migraines throughout his life. life.
It reminds me of the ESPN 30 for 30, Benji. In it, the murderer of former No.1 basketball rookie Benjamin Wilson, Billy Moore, told his side of the story. Moore’s story can also be found on Obama.org, the website of the nonprofit organization named after the 44th President of the United States. Moore was also a teenager when he committed the crime and served almost 20 years of a 40-year sentence.
In 2021, as a society, we are rethinking the role that prison and law enforcement should play in American society. Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote an article for Atlantic in 2015 about mass incarceration and how the need to decarcerate was becoming a bipartisan opinion, but the myth remained that it could be done by focusing on low-level drug offenders. At that time, to have a prison population similar to the rest of the developed world, America would have to reduce its population by 80%. TO approaching this number, people who have been convicted of violent crimes, including murder, should be included.
Swallowing this fact for many, including me the first time I read it, is like trying to swallow a big pill while having a strong gag reflex.
Still, there is some evidence that it might work. On the one hand, crime is still a problem in America. While murders are down from their early ’90s peaks in most major US cities, in other cities and neighborhoods, it is more serious than ever. This country also does a poor job of preventing sexual assault and domestic violence and bringing such cases to court.
Perhaps the resources spent on locking up Americans could be better spent in real America. Say, programs meant to hammer the minds of young boys that being a man means keeping their hands to themselves and communicating with their partners, instead of dominating them. It takes a real commitment to providing mental health resources and opportunities to people in neighborhoods that have been neglected for most of the past two centuries.
And for those who end up in prison, there needs to be a legitimate opportunity to reform and become a positive member of society. Everything in Miller’s life suggested that he was on his way to life in prison. Then he actually killed someone. He literally stopped that person’s heart and irreparably damaged White’s family.
The horror of having to face this should make anyone feel pain on behalf of this family. This heinous act deserves punishment, but here is the question: is ending a second life justice or revenge?
Miller was 16 years old and was a victim of the elements of his environment that his parents tried to take him away from. He then served his sentence and while he changed direction there during his trip. Miller started with a degree in prison and once released he began another. It was ultimately put in a position of authority with one of the most iconic brands in the history of this country.
As for Miller and Moore, would our country be better off with them where they are now, or behind bars until they meet the same fate as their victims?