American Basketball legend Michael Jordan has finally broken his silence on the death of George Floyd. The six-time NBA champion expressed his outrage via a social media post.
Last week, Floyd, a 46-year old African-American male was a victim of police brutality. Following his death, America was gripped in nationwide protests. Minneapolis, where the incident took place was engulfed in riots with heavy damage to public and private property.
The protests also took a violent turn in major cities like Austin, Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York City, San Jose, Washington DC, etc.
Michael Jordan: I support those calling out the ingrained racism
Estee Portnoy who is Michael Jordan’s manager and spokeswoman posted a statement on Twitter. Jordan stated that he is saddened by the incident and that his heart went out to Floyd’s family.
Statement from Michael Jordan: pic.twitter.com/lWkZOf1Tmr
— Jordan (@Jumpman23) May 31, 2020
“I am deeply saddened, truly pained and plain angry,” Jordan wrote to open his 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.
“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 voice to create systemic change. Every one of us needs to be a 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 the countless others whose lives have been brutally and senselessly taken through acts of racism and injustice.”