Michael Jordan seems to be living up to his new “I can no longer stay silent” statements. The NBA legend and sneaker king has issued a statement on the civil unrest in his business base Charlotte, N.C.
Earlier this week Keith Lamont Scott was gunned down by Charlotte police officers, allegedly for allegedly refusing to put his gun down during an altercation. Protests soon erupted in the city as the rest of the nation was still mourning in outrage over the police killing of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Okla.
Jordan, who owns the Charlotte Hornets NBA team and is one of the city’s most influential businessmen, felt compelled to issue a statement on what’s going on.
Per statement via the Hornets’ website:
“First, I want to express my condolences to the Scott family for their loss. I also wish for a full recovery to those who have been injured.
“In light of the tragic events of the past three days, it is more important than ever that we restore calm and come together, as a community, in peaceful demonstration and conversation, and in constructive and non-violent ways. As part of the fabric of Charlotte, the Hornets organization is committed to working with civic leaders, our elected leaders and law enforcement to foster more trust, transparency and understanding so we can heal and grow together as a community.”
This is the latest in a series of statements Jordan has found himself making this year. This past July in the wake of the Alton Sterling and Philando Castile shootings, Jordan spoke out about police killing Black people and pledged to donate $1 million each to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the Institute for Community-Police Relations.
Jordan also spoke out against anti-LGBT legislation that was passed in the state of North Carolina which resulted in the NBA removing the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte.