AP did an interview on Reddit that was setup by Wheaties ... In it, he was asked about the nickname Purple Jesus. His reply was:
|mixed emotions. thats pretty funny but im a big on faith. i dont really like to be called purple jesus because there's only one. i get what theyre sayin though.
I'm not the nickname police, but if the man doesn't care for it, out of respect, we should respect that and not use it.