LeBron James Nike Designer Mocks Derrick Rose Knee Injury (VIDEO)
With everything you see and hear these days on the Internet it’s clear that some people would be better off staying away from their computers, tablets and smart phones. Perhaps, a good solution would be to delete their Twitters and Facebook accounts in order to keep their nose clean.
It is obvious, that these social media tools aren’t meant for everyone to use. How many times do we see or hear of celebrities Twitting or posting stuff on FB that ends up coming back to bite them? Too many to count, that’s for sure!
Unfortunately, until someone decided to create a “common sense” app, it would appear that blunders, such as the one Nike senior footwear designer, Jason Petrie made will continue to happen.
Petrie, who’s LeBron James’ Nike shoe designer, decided that it was cool to make fun of Bulls guard Derrick Rose’s season-ending injury, which occurred this weekend in the NBA Playoffs. Rose is and has been sponsored by Adidas — Nike’s main competitor — since arriving in the league in 2008.
Shortly after the reigning MVP collapse to the ground, from what was later diagnosed as an ACL tear “Dumbo” took his opinions to Twitter. The premise of his message was simple: while James had a strong performance against the Knicks, Rose blew out his knee for choosing the wrong shoe. It’s clear that this guy must have had one too many cold ones when he decided to Tweet the following message after Rose:
“You got one guy only getting stronger, and one guy breaking down before our very eyes. You chose poorly Pooh… #shouldasignedwithNIKE #GWS [get well soon],” he tweeted — FYI: “Pooh” is the nickname Rose’s family uses to refer to him in his personal life. Rose recently signed a 13-year-deal with Adidas worth 185 million.
As you can imagine, there weren’t too many people who found Petrie’s joke all that funny, including Nike. After being bombarded with hate messages and threats, the show company decided to issue the following statement:
“As a brand that is passionate about sport, we recognize the intense level of play that every athlete has engaged in during this basketball season and respect the dedication it takes to compete,” the statement said.
“One of our basketball footwear designers posted comments online that we feel are inappropriate, and he has since apologized. We wish anyone who is injured a speedy recovery.”
Since then, Petrie has also done his best to try and salvage the situation. Here are some of his Tweets as well as some of his followers:
“Damn, you’re an embarrassment to Nike tweeting that,” one of his followers Tweeted.
“Y’all take sh#t too serious! Never want to see anyone get hurt- I hope DRose comes back stronger than ever, he’s too good…”
“Wow! Twitterverse I do apologize. It was really just tongue n cheek! Never meant any harm or disrespect!”