Nike’s Phil Knight: Tiger Mess Is a “Minor Blip”

Tripp Mickle of SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL has the first comments today from Nike Chairman and co-founder Phil Knight about the company’s continuing business relationship with Tiger Woods.

Phil Knight With Tiger Woods Mother Tida

(Woods mother Tida and Nike co-Founder Phil Knight)

Mickle: You look at someone like Tiger Woods and this episode of infidelity. Does this change the concept of building brands around athletes?
Knight: Not for us. It’s part of the game.

Mickle: With Tiger, a person who was believed to be of more upstanding character beforehand, is it possible to check for everything?
Knight: Obviously, he was one we checked out and he came out clean, and I think he’s been really great. When his career is over, you’ll look back on these indiscretions as a minor blip, but the media is making a big deal out of it right now.

Thanks to media reports now confirmed by Woods, the greatest golfer of all time has quit his sport, his personal life is a shambles and his major sponsors, besides Nike, are abandoning him.

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