Michael Jordan and Jordan Brand donating $100 million to fight racial injustice
Michael Jordan and Jordan Brand will be donating $100 million over the next 10 years to organizations fighting racial injustice.
A joint statement on the donation was put out Friday afternoon:
Joint Statement from Michael Jordan & Jordan Brand regarding $100m donation. pic.twitter.com/yYXWh5eBZl
— Estee Portnoy (@esteep) June 5, 2020
Michael Jordan’s donation comes after the tragic death of George Floyd, who was killed by a police officer in Minneapolis last week. The officer was initially charged with third-degree murder, but the charge was increased to second-degree murder.
The killing of Floyd has caused a surge of protests across the country, as just about every major city in the United States has marched to express its support for Floyd and the black community over the last week.
Athletes, coaches and executives across all sports from many different races, ethnicities and backgrounds have spoken up in support of Black Lives Matter and against police brutality.
Michael Jordan has been well-known for avoiding politics throughout his NBA career as both a player and an owner, so the fact that MJ is expressing his thoughts on the recent events is certainly a welcome change.
The Hall of Famer released a statement this past Sunday, saying that he was “deeply saddened, truly pained and plain angry” and that he has “had enough” of the “ingrained racism” in the United States.
MJ had more to say:
“We must listen to each other, show compassion and empathy and never turn our backs on senseless brutality,” Michael Jordan wrote. “We need to continue peaceful expressions against injustice and demand accountability.”
Jordan played three separate stints in the NBA, beginning with the Chicago Bulls in 1984. He retired in 1993 and spent one full season away from basketball before returning late in the 1994-95 campaign.
Following his second retirement in 1998, Jordan returned in 2001 to play a couple of seasons for the Washington Wizards.
Michael Jordan now owns the Charlotte Hornets and is putting his money where his mouth is when it comes to fighting injustice.