“I am deeply saddened, truly pained and plain angry,” wrote Jordan in a statement posted by the Charlotte Hornets, the NBA team he owns. “I stand with those who are calling out the ingrained racism and violence toward people of color in our country. We have had enough.”
Jordan has often been criticized for his reluctance to speak up on political matters, especially when compared to the activism of other NBA stars such as LeBron James and Guardian columnist Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. During a 1990 Senate race in his home state of North Carolina, Jordan refused to endorse Democrat Harvey Gantt, an African American who was running against the incumbent Republican Jesse Helms, a notorious racist.
Jordan, who at the time had already won the first of his five NBA MVP awards, explained away his refusal to take a stance by saying: “Republicans buy sneakers, too.”Jordan has since insisted the comment was made in jest.The six-time NBA champion, widely considered the greatest basketball player of all time, said on Sunday that Americans needed to work together to find answers to the country’s problems.
“I don’t have answers, but our collective voices show strength and the inability to be divided by others. We must listen to each other, show compassion and empathy and never turn out backs on senseless brutality,” he wrote.Curfews were in place in more than a dozen US cities on Sunday and Jordan urged people to protest peacefully. “We need to continue peaceful expressions against injustice and demand accountability,” he wrote.
Jordan finished his statement by expressing his sympathy to the family of Floyd and others. “My heart goes out to the family of George Floyd and to the countless others whose lives have been brutally and senselessly taken through acts of racism and injustice,” he wrote.
The former Chicago Bulls star has been in the news lately due to the popularity of The Last Dance, a documentary telling the story of his final championship season. Read more: The Guardian »
...Has Tiger Woods spoken out yet on the injustices faced by the Black community? Don't make me laugh namulala AliAdair22 Thank you, Michael Jordan Sack the President of USA! The best thing the protesters can do to put a stop to police brutality against African Americans is vote Trump out. Well too late. Maybe if he endorsed Harvey Grant in his Senate race vs a white racist when he was at his peak of fame and attention, it could have made a difference. Ofc he speaks up now that he doesn't need no one's support anymore.
Lead Michael Lead ! Couldn't give a flying f*ck how an old retired basketball player sees the world. Life is nothing but injustice for just about all of us. Dudes where are you all? Those who don’t reacted to this heinous crime and pure racism, are you all hiding in their mansions or in support of these atrocities? Come out and speak for justice otherwise time won’t spare you with today’s wealth and fame.
Unbelievable....racism exist which we must fight, but nothing called systematic racism, US is the only country to have successful civil rights movement, to say US is the most racist country by these successful black Americans sportsperson is like selling their souls. Have and have nots Good. I condemn Jordan's involvement in child labor violations. Celebrity handlers, you're four days too early. Sit back and have a beer while these folks burn through their anger.
Craig Hodges is around somewhere:) الحرب_البيلوجية الفوضى_الخلاقة وأثوار القطيع الأمريكي؟! هل قرر أسياد العالم تفكيك أمريكا ونقل قيادة النظام العالمي للصين... ؟! I even want to believe that, the truck that ran into the protesting crowd , was a planned ,harsh strategy to dismiss the people. You have such a huge voice you’re as established as they come - No need to give measured responses...Nike ain’t gonna say shit to you for it!...go full johnboyega
Just the ones who don’t wear air jordans though, right? I’m pretty sure about this one ... F*ck Jordan! 'A policewoman supervised the arrest of Eric Gardner, the original 'I can't breathe' victim was black. 'The arrest was supervised by a female African-American NYPD sergeant, Kizzy Adonis, who did not intercede.' -Wikipedia
Who gives a shit what Mike thinks. Love the expression “ingrained” Now you de show face Mike had all the air and opportunity to speak out about police brutality as well as systemic racism and when asked he said 'Republicans buy shoes to', pardon me if I don't believe anything coming out of Mike's mouth..
Good for MJ, no place for racism. What does he think of the looting? .... Even racists wear Nike .... Police brutality is disgusting, but there is no evidence the killing of George Floyd was racially motivated. Just a psychopath being a psychopath. Black folks please don't criticize MJ , better late than never . Please remember his pops was killed and the white media tried to say it was because of his gambling debt . He has power but to many of them he is still a N$$%
Derek Chauvin, 44, was charged Friday with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter hopefully he goes to prison for a long time. Lol after all these years he finally cares. 💔 Yay Michael. Not that you were gonna be condemning for not releasing a statement. I’m sure others will follow your lead and thank you for being you and greet your wifey and kids for me. Love you Michael you are the best💋
Better late than never! Racist. Until tô The end. wakeup Self-serving rationalising for violence and looting. Thank you Michael Jordan! I was expecting this.. No justice no peace... PHASE2 We must educate ourselves so we can fight back smarter! PHASE 1 - PROTEST - PHASE 2 LITIGATION!!!I’ve found this book “blood in the streets” and although it’s sold out PLEASE SAVE IT!!! EDUCATION IS DOMINATION 💜💜
Says one of the richest black man to ever live 👇👇👇 A few who are permitted to live Gutted that George Floyd can’t buy anymore sneakers.....
James Jordan shares family heartbreak over dad: 'He had a seizure during our conversation'JAMES JORDAN - who is married to fellow Strictly Come Dancing star Ola Jordan - has opened up about the heartbreaking moment he saw his dad, Allan, have a seizure during a FaceTime call from hospital, as the dancer addressed his 'frustration' over not being able to visit him due to the coronavirus lockdown. What I wouldn’t do to his Mrs tho.
UK government's silence over Trump's response to George Floyd death in US condemned by LabourRaab says it would be a 'media distraction' to offer thoughts on US president's comments Untrue. Try to save the UK first. Why do we have to get involved in other countries business So wrong in so many ways. What’s the solution realDonaldTrump? BlackLivesMatter AllLivesMatter JusticeForGeorgeFloyd COVID19
George Floyd: second night of US anti-racism protests – in picturesProtests over the death of George Floyd and other police killings of black people spread across the country Protests? Ye right 3 times now over the last 6 months, my black milkman has not delivered my milk. Right, I'm going to loot the expensive shops in the city centre, ignore Police instructions, throw rocks and ignore any curfews. That'll teach him. Won't it?
Holly Willoughby opens up on the importance of teaching children about racismThis Morning presenter Holly Willoughby shared an emotional post on the importance of educating kids on racism following the death of George Floyd .
Trump tells George Floyd's family they 'deserve justice' after 'horrible' arrestPresident Trump revealed that he had spoken to George Floyd 's family and told them his death was 'an insult to policemen', as protests against his death rage across the US Do something about it don’t just talk😠 Why during these “protests” do people feel the need to steal/loot items, doesn’t really add to the dead man’s legacy, that he will be remembered for the riots/looting done in his name, rather than being murdered by a Policeman....like Rodney King is....😞
Beyonce calls for change in a powerful video message – this is how you can helpThe singer feels “broken and disgusted” by the George Floyd ’s death.