The Nike designer behind the shoe designed for LeBron James has sparked controversy for making fun of the season-ending injury of Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose. Jason Petrie, a senior foot wear designer for Nike insinuated that Rose would not have been injured had he signed with Nike instead of Adidas, using the twitter hash tag, ”#shouldasignedwithNIKE #GWS (Get well soon).”
Rose is now out for the season after tearing knee ligaments during the team’s first round playoff game against the Phiadelphia 76ers in Chicago.
“Jason Petrie has as much class as LeBron has rings,” one of the Tweeters replied. Others said that Petrie has no respect for the game.
A Nike spokesperson has confirmed the tweets and made no comment. Rose signed a 14-year contract extension with Adidas, which could earn him as much as $260 million.