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Nike designer mocks Derrick Rose’s injury, connects it to signing with Adidas, because people are terrible

Apr 29, 2012, 11:28 AM EDT

Derrick Rose AP

Update: The designer, who built LeBron’s shoes, I might add, has apologized on Twitter.


Saturday night after Derrick Rose tore his ACL and was rendered out for the season, a Nike designer tweeted the following regarding Derrick Roe and his association with adidas:

You got one guy only getting stronger, and one guy breaking down before our very eyes. You chose poorly Pooh… #shouldasignedwithNIKE #GWS

via Twitter / @sevenzro1: You got one guy only getti ….

See, the hashtag is nice, because we couldn’t pick up what he was trying to say otherwise. It clearly designates his position on the issue. Granted, he’s the only person on the planet who would connect which shoe company he chose with a series of injuries, but still, it’s nice that he gave the blueprint for just what he was trying to say. The most amazing part? As of 11:20 a.m. on Sunday morning, after Yahoo! Sports posted on it, he still hasn’t deleted the tweets.

Not only that, but cruise on over to that Yahoo! link and check out his defense of his position. He’s playing the “I”m outlandish and if y’all don’t like it, too bad!” card which works, if, you know, you’re a civil rights activist or even a shock jock radio host. But if you’re some dude on the internet that’s making fun of a player for enduring a serious injury when you work for a company that deals with professional athletes, that’s not such a good look.

Rose suffered a terrible injury. It’s a freak injury. These things happen to Nike guys, to Gatorade guys, to Powerade guys, to everyone. And this approach isn’t going to win him any favors with anyone… least of all his bosses at Nike.

  1. jumbossportsblog - Apr 29, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Reblogged this on jumbossportsblog.

    • tampajoey - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:32 PM

      Your Blog is garbage. Looks like a 3 year old designed it. Now go away and take your spam with you,

      • cosanostra71 - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:07 PM

        I’ve never been because I don’t want to give him the satisfaction of higher click reports, but I can only imagine…

      • jumbossportsblog - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:13 PM

        Why do you even care? My 12 year old had to do something blog related for shool and know he reports back about what type of people there are in this world. You all should be ashamed of yourslf. If you would be so kind please forward me your blog.

    • marlin1894 - Apr 30, 2012 at 6:49 AM


      It shouldn’t shock you what kind of people are on the internets these days. What everybody’s launching at your kid on this site is pretty tame compared to what is out there. Stop wagging your finger at people and find a better place for your child to do his homework if you’re so concerned.

      • slowclyde86 - Apr 30, 2012 at 7:54 AM

        Agreed, Marlin. Jumbo needs to stop the sanctimonious b.s. If anyone should be ashamed, its him. He sent his kid out without any guidance as to what is appropriate and what is not (hint: spamming every blog post to promote your own is, indeed, poor form as evidenced by the nearly unanimous negative reaction to it).

        Even so, he still just doesn’t get it. He thinks the issue is the quality of his sons blog (“forward me your blog”?) as opposed to understanding why everyone was frustrated with his son’s posts.

        Get a clue.

    • gmsingh - Apr 30, 2012 at 1:13 PM

      Would your 12 year old be known as “Mini Jumbo” or “Jumbo Shrimp”?

  2. jthammerstix - Apr 29, 2012 at 11:40 AM


    • LilTmac2003 - Apr 29, 2012 at 6:51 PM

      Yup, classless is exactly what it is. Plus…

      Reports say Rose signed a 13yr deal w/ Adidas that is worth w/ incentives, over $200+ million dollars.

      Looks like Rose made the right choice to me.

      Just like Larry Fitzgerald tweeted, “Torn ACL” is the absolute worst thing you can hear if you’re an athlete or a sports fan. I’m a fan and I wish Derrick a quick and healthy recovery.

  3. Gordon - Apr 29, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    I’m sure after he gets fired, he’ll have an interesting interview with Adidas, begging for a job.


  4. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects - Apr 29, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    wow, what a jerk. if you wouldn’t say something to someone’s face then you shouldn’t say it on the internet. it sounds as bad is it sounds and looks as bad as it looks.

  5. gcclark98 - Apr 29, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    we make it acceptable for comedians such as daniel tosh and dave chappelle… to go way over the limit….. does the fact that they are being paid change it? i mean tosh talks about puting silly string in his sisters MACE… and then makes fun of her geting raped…. while a nike rep makes a comment about a guy with addidas on suffering a knee injury…not very funny… but i think his intent is to garnish a smile and chuckle.

  6. doctordunkenstein - Apr 29, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Rose was too humble to take a deal with Nike

  7. anarchopurplism - Apr 29, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Your employer does not like your outlandish attitude. TOO BAD! Thanks for your contribution!

    Nobody cares where I re-blogged this. They already read the article

  8. bhester1906 - Apr 29, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Welcome to the unemployment line

  9. mornelithe - Apr 29, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    I didn’t know that Nike allowed their slave laborers to tweet. Well, I guess they’re right up around the level of Foxconn employees now.

  10. kacapaco - Apr 29, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    This is stupid. Ppl get injured all the time 1000 reasons. I feel bad for DRose n Bulls but the jump was a little odd.

    • mornelithe - Apr 29, 2012 at 12:43 PM

      He didn’t tear his ACL on the jump, he tore it on the plant just before the jump. You can tell from how he favored his left leg in the air, during the jump, and then landed with barely any contact from his left foot on the ground.

      Yes, people get injured all the time, but that’s really no reason to make a mockery of it, especially to try and plug your brand…of which, is about as guilty as most electronics giants for sub-standard working conditions, child labor, and what would be considered criminal wages and working hours in any developed country.

  11. southpaw77 - Apr 29, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Anyone try on those D.Rose shoes? They’re horrible, no cushion or support
    at all, the sides are like chuck taylors but chuck taylors might have more foot support when u land.

    Rose better go with a show with more cushion next season.

  12. kylos13 - Apr 29, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Adidas is cooler anyway

  13. abchome - Apr 29, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    So stupid. Nike certainly have no problem firing a public villain pawn.

  14. detroitcityryda - Apr 29, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    reblog’d this at shouldhavesignedwithnike#

  15. kinggw - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    This is such a non story and is indicative of whats wrong with today’s media. They cant report on any substantive material so they go to old faithful. Old faithful in this case is the moral high ground to which so many of you subscribe.

    Some guy made a joke, it wasn’t particularly a good one, but it was a joke. He didnt make fun of Rose’s injury and he didnt wish him harm. Whats the big deal and why should he delete his tweets? There isnt a big deal this is another case of faux outrage.

    Thing is if the same thing would have happened to LeBron or Howard I have a funny feeling that most of you outraged folks wouldnt give two shits about the tweets.

  16. dedalus13 - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Probably the most un-interesting story I read this year. Really. If one starts to read all tweets from drunken monkeys who fart about anything and try to make a story about it on a major website we’re all doomed.
    $#it. I guess we are.

  17. charlutes - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    its obviously just a bad joke, what’s the big deal

  18. KIR - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    He’s playing the “I”m outlandish and if y’all don’t like it, too bad!” card which works, if, you know, you’re a civil rights activist or even a shock jock radio host.

    Fair enough. It also works if you’re J ewish making and promoting stereotypes of other groups but scream anti sem itism when someone does the same with J ews. smh

    • sellahh - Apr 30, 2012 at 1:55 AM

      Happens to every ethnicity or race I’d say, actually. Stereotypes all the way.

  19. slippyal2 - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    Bill Simmons did this with Grant Hill in BBOB, said the injuries didn’t happen until he switched to Filas while Nike does intense research on the players feet.

  20. astrosfan75956 - Apr 29, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    What a loser.

  21. astrosfan75956 - Apr 29, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    Fire him for this!

  22. broncobrewer - Apr 29, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Why can’t you use twitter or Facebook to talk trash or state an opinion? This is the U.S. right? I found the comment funny. Nike don’t fold to public opinion let the guy keep his job

  23. highlander24 - Apr 29, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    What a moron.

  24. bullysix - Apr 29, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    When Roy career ended what was he wearing? When Greg Oden was injured what was he wearing?

  25. mungman69 - Apr 29, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    Backside of a cow

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