Chicago Bulls legend and Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan is lending his voice to the unrest that is growing from the senseless killing of Houston native George Floyd, an unarmed black man, by a police officer last week in Minneapolis.
Floyd’s death has sparked a national outrage which is playing out in sometimes violent protest in cities across the nation. Jordan, who is not been known for being vocal on social issues in the past, made his disdain known in a statement Sunday evening.
“I am deeply saddened, truly pained and plain angry,” Jordan said in statement. “I see and feel everyone’s pain, outrage and frustration. I stand with those who are calling out the ingrained racism and violence toward people of color in our country. We have had enough.”
Last week, the nation watched as video showed Floyd lying next to a police car crying out for help while white Minneapolis police Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck for over eight minutes with three other police officers watching without attempting to defuse the situation. Floyd was later pronounced dead and after public outrage, Chauvin was fired and then charged with third degree murder.
The other three officers were fired also but have not been arrested or charged with a crime.
In the meantime, the nation is up in arms as rallies and protest are unfolding in cities across the nation. There have been clashes between angry people and police officers along with looting and other violence.
President Trump fanned the flames with disparaging words and threats toward the protesters in Minneapolis, in front of the White House and across the nation.
Athletes and coaches at the college and professional level have been speaking out since the incident started. Jordan broke his silence Sunday.
“I don’t have the answers, but our collective voices show strength and the inability to be divided by others,” Jordan said. “We must listen to each other, show compassion and empathy and never turn our backs on senseless brutality. We need to continue peaceful expressions against injustice and demand accountability. Our unified voice needs to put pressure on our leaders to change our laws, or else we need to use our vote to create systemic change. Every one of us needs to be part of the solution, and we must work together to ensure justice for all.
“My heart goes out to the family of George Floyd and to the countless others whose lives have been brutally and senselessly taken through acts of racism and injustice.”