Hornets news: Michael Jordan releases statement saying he’s a supporter of free speech
Add Michael Jordan to the still growing list of current and former NBA players who voiced their support to professional athletes exercising their freedom of speech.
US president Donald Trump has caught the ire of the sports world after rescinding his White House invitation to NBA champions Golden State Warriors. He then added fuel to the fire after ripping NFL players for protesting during the national anthem, eventually calling out the league to kick out those who disrespect the flag.
These comments from Trump only led to more protests from athletes in both the NBA and the NFL, and Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan also weighed in, as the issue seems to get worse day by day.
“One of the fundamental rights this country is founded on was freedom of speech, and we have a long tradition of nonviolent, peaceful protest. Those who exercise the right to peacefully express themselves should not be demonized or ostracized,” Jordan said in a statement to the Charlotte Observer.
“At a time of increasing divisiveness and hate in this country, we should be looking for ways to work together and support each other and not create more division.
“I support Commissioner Adam Silver, the NBA, its players and all those who wish to exercise their right to free speech.”
Michael Jordan has indeed become a more socially-aware and active sports figure as compared to when he was still playing, and it’s undoubtedly great to see him step up to voice his opinion on relevant and critical issues that affect today’s athletes.
His Airness, though, isn’t the only ex-NBA star to join the discussion about Trump’s recent activities. Even Charles Barkley chimed in to show his displeasure about Trump and how he expressed himself in Alabama.
With several athletes standing together regarding this issue, one could only hope that their unified voice would soon be heard.