Michael Jordan Says He Is ‘Deeply Troubled’ by Recent Police-Related Violence


Michael Jordan announced Monday that he was donating $1 million each to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the Institute for Community-Police Relations.

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Michael Jordan, who achieved fame as perhaps the greatest player in N.B.A. history, spoke out on Monday against the recent spate of killings committed by and against police officers.

The statement was consistent with Mr. Jordan’s reputation for being cautious when it comes to issues in the public arena.

In a statement released to The Undefeated, an ESPN website dedicated to the intersection of race and sports, Mr. Jordan, the owner of the Charlotte Hornets, North Carolina’s N.B.A. team, said he was “deeply troubled” by recent violent episodes in places like Baton Rouge, La., Minnesota and Dallas.

“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…

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