Michael Jordan releases statement in wake of U.S. protests

Michael Jordan leaves the U.S. courthouse Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, in Chicago. after the first day of his civil trial against the defunct grocery-store chain Dominick's Finer Foods for using his name and jersey number without permission. (Ashlee Rezin/AP)

Michael Jordan released a statement on Sunday regarding the death of George Floyd and ensuing protests, saying “I stand with those who are calling out the ingrained racism and violence toward people of colour” in the United States.

Jordan’s full statement reads as follows:

“I am deeply saddened, truly pained and plain angry. 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.

I don’t have the answers, but our collective voices show strength, and the inability to be divided by others. 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.”

There have been protests of all sizes across the U.S. in the wake of Floyd’s death on May 25 in Minneapolis. Since then, countless current and former athletes and teams have spoken out against racial injustice.

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