Nike Founder Phil Knight Opens Up On His Early Struggles, Turning Nike Into A Global Phenomenon, Addressing Concerns About The Company's Factory Conditions & His Thoughts On Trump's Pledge To Bring Back Manufacturing To The U.S.
Phil Knight, founder of Nike and author of "Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike", joined Kilmeade & Friends for an entire hour sharing fascinating stories and insight into how he helped turn Nike into a global phenomenon. Knight spoke about how he learned the art of competing from his days in track and field at the University of Oregon and the life changing impact the Munich Massacre at the 1972 Olympics had on him. Knight discusses Steve Prefontaine's contribution to the success of Nike, calling him the soul of the company, and how his death still affects him and others who have worked at Nike. Knight also explained the importance of signing star athletes such as Michael Jordan & Tiger Woods had on Nike's success and revealed how the death of his son Matthew, who died in a scuba diving accident in 2004 at age 34, left him unable to function and work for 6 months.
Plus, Knight addressed the controversy over working conditions at Nike factories, his thoughts on Donald Trump saying he will bring back manufacturing to America and what the future holds for him at Nike.