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Michael Jordan: We need to ensure people of color receive fair treatment

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On the heals of NBA superstars like LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade urging athletes to promote peace, the NBA's greatest all-time superstar is speaking out – and his wallet is doing some talking, too.

Michael Jordan, the Chicago Bulls Hall of Fame-er turned owner of the Charlotte Hornets, released a statement Monday saying he can "no longer stay silent" regarding law-enforcement violence against African Americans and retaliation attacks against police.

"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.

I was raised by parents who taught me to love and respect people regardless of their race or background, so I am saddened and frustrated by the divisive rhetoric and racial tensions that seem to be getting worse as of late. I know this country is better than that, and I can no longer stay silent. We need to find solutions that ensure people of color receive fair and equal treatment AND that police officers – who put their lives on the line every day to protect us all – are respected and supported."

Read Jordan's full statement at The Undefeated.

Jordan is donating $1 million to a pair of organizations that can help with change:

  • Institute for Community-Police Relations
  • NAACP Legal Defense Fund

Jordan's father, James Jordan, was shot and killed while sleeping in his car in 1993. The two men responsible for his death were sentenced to life in prison.

Jordan speaking out is a big deal as he's long been known to avoid discussing social issues in the public eye.

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