July 26, 2016


Michael Jordan ‘Can No Longer Stay Silent’ About Police Violence

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In a statement given to The Undefeated, famed NBA player Michael Jordan expresses how he is “deeply troubled” and “angered” by recent killings of Black men and police officers. He begins:

“As a proud American, a father who lost his own dad in a senseless act of violence, and a black man, I have been deeply troubled by the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement and angered by the cowardly and hateful targeting and killing of police officers. I grieve with the families who have lost loved ones, as I know their pain all too well.”

In his statement, Jordan also announced that he will be making two donations of $1 million dollars each to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the Institute for Community-Police Relations, a branch of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. 

Jordan concludes his statement, “We are privileged to live in the world’s greatest country—a country that has provided my family and me the greatest of opportunities.” He urges that with collaborative effort, the country can move toward understanding and change. Read his full statement here.