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In a bizarre story adding to an already wild week in track and field, letsrun.com is reporting that Nike’s global director of athletics, John Capriotti, aggressively confronted and threatened to kill Danny Mackey, head coach of the Brooks Beasts Track Club, at the USA Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., on Thursday, June 25.
Letsrun.com obtained a copy of the Informational Report Mackey filed with the University of Oregon’s Police Department, which alleges Capriotti aggressively approached Mackey in the athlete medical tent area, insulted him and threatened to kill him. Several witnesses present at the time corroborated Mackey’s description of how the event unfolded.
“You know what you [expletive] did. I’m gonna [expletive] kill you,” Mackey alleges Capriotti whispered into his ear after aggressively poking him in the chest with two fingers. Several sources familiar with the incident told Let’s Run they believe Capriotti’s attack on Mackey resulted from the recruitment of an unnamed female athlete both Nike and Brooks were pursuing at the time.