Not long after the Chicago Bulls won their third NBA championship, Michael Jordan’s father was shot and killed in 1993.
Jordan, who is now the owner of the Charlotte Hornets, referenced that incident in a statement he made to The Undefeated regarding the recent shooting deaths of African-Americans by police officers and law enforcement officials who have been killed.
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.
Jordan added that his parents instilled in him the notion that all people are created equal and they should be treated with respect.
“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.”
Jordan said that he is making a $1 million donation to the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s newly established Institute for Community-Police Relations and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
“We are privileged to live in the world’s greatest country — a country that has provided my family and me the greatest of opportunities. The problems we face didn’t happen overnight and they won’t be solved tomorrow, but if we all work together, we can foster greater understanding, positive change and create a more peaceful world for ourselves, our children, our families and our communities.”
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