Michael Jordan, on Sunday, May 31, lent a voice against the challenges blacks deal with in American society.
The NBA legend and marketing icon made a three-paragraph statement, released through manager Estee Portnoy, in which he lamented the “ingrained racism and violence toward people of color in our country.”
He also expressed sympathy for the survivors of people “whose lives have been brutally and senselessly taken through acts of racism and injustice.”
Jordan commented on the of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, killed on Monday after a former Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, kept his knee on Floyd’s neck and back area for more than eight minutes after taking Floyd into custody for allegedly trying to pass a counterfeit $20 bill.
Floyd’s death sparked nationwide outrage. Chauvin was fired and then arrested on charges of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.