Nike Co-Founder Phil Knight Talked About Violence Over Air Jordans

"This is insane."

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Yesterday morning, Nike co-founder Phil Knight sat down with CBS Sunday Morning for a revealing interview where he opened up about the early days of the brand, the future of the Swoosh, and some of Nike's biggest controversies throughout the years.

When the topic of sneaker violence—specifically the shootings over Air Jordans that became prevalent in the early '90s—came up, Knight didn't shy away. "That was just a shock. I think the reaction was, this is insane and it's a shock," he said.

"In terms of just the desirability, it had reached this cultural [point]," interviewer Lee Cowan said. "It was more than just a shoe."

"Yeah, that's true," Knight said.

Elsewhere in the interview, you'll hear the richest person in sports talk about his ties to the University of Oregon, life after the Swoosh, and more. Watch the full interview here and be sure to pick up Knight's tell-all memoir, Shoe Dog, beginning tomorrow, April 26.