WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Jordan has broken his silence in the rising cases of discrimination toward citizens of color in the U.S.
- Through Twitter, Jordan stated that he supports several other athletes using their influence to promote justice and equality.
- The NBA legend has notoriously swayed away from making a political statement throughout his playing career.
Following several days of protests and series of violence between activists and police officers over the killing of George Floyd while under arrest, NBA legend Michael Jordan spoke out about the issue, joining several athletes and sports celebrities who earlier expressed their opinions.
The former Chicago bulls star, on a statement posted to Twitter on Sunday, condemned the deep-rooted rooted discrimination and violence to black Americans and people of color in America.
The Charlotte Hornets owner also encouraged the public to conduct nonviolent protests against unfairness and demanded that those responsible be held accountable, saying there should be efforts to mount pressure for a change in the system.
Jordan also voiced his unity with Floyd’s family and numerous individuals who have experienced racial discrimination and impartiality. His statement, though, did not mention the word “police” as officers continue to deal with protesters across the nation over the death of Floyd.
On Friday, Jordan tweeted another message recommending engagement to counter racial inequality, but the post was not overtly ascribed to the statement on Sunday.
Jordan’s statement will certainly hold weight, considering the recent political condition in the U.S., including the discussion about the basketball legend’s public affairs in the early part of this month.
Jumpman’s statement might be unexpected for people who saw an episode of “The Last Dance,” an ESPN special, where he said that Republicans also buy sneakers. He recently insisted that the mentioned quote was just a joke and said he remained politically neutral at the time.
Jordan was notably silent about political issues throughout his career as a professional athlete.
The NBA Hall of Famer then said while he praises Muhammad Ali for fighting for his beliefs, he never saw himself as an activist, adding that he only thought of himself as a basketball player.
In recent years though, Jordan has commented on some political subjects. In 2016, he issued a statement condemning the killings of African-Americans under law enforcers, as well as assaults on police officers in color.
Jordan was considered the most economically successful sportsperson in U.S history and the only former player who oned most of an NBA franchise. His 2016 statement came with a $1 million assistance to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Legal Defense Fund and Institute for Community-Police Relations.
In response to the recent issues about racial attacks on African-Americans, Jordan said that he was disappointed and upset that discrimination has been getting worse.
He believed that America is better than the current situation, as he chose to break his silence this time.
Jordan also expressed his support for other athletes standing up for justice.