How’s this for an idiotic move. Nike footwear designer JASON PETRIE made a pompous remark on Twitter Saturday about Chicago Bulls injured guard DERRICK ROSE, implying that if Rose had signed with Nike instead of Adidas, he would not have suffered a season-ending ACL tear.
Petrie’s controversial tweet:
Petrie was referring to LeBron James as the strong guy, an obvious Nike brand endorser and Derrick as “Pooh,” which is D-Rose’s nickname given to him by his grandmother when he was a kid.
Petrie then backtracked on his statement after considerable backlash:
Yeah…work damage control dude! I can understand Petrie being bitter because Rose dissed Nike opting instead to sign a $200 million, 10-year deal with Adidas, but to relate Rose’s injury to the type of shoes he wears? To use Rose’s unfortunate injury as get back for the Bulls star not joining Petrie’s footwear company? That’s just despicable and flat out ridiculous.
Petrie says his tweet was just tongue and cheek. What it really was was wack and weak.