06/05 18:17 CDT Jordan giving $100 million for racial equality, justice
Jordan giving $100 million for racial equality, justice
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) --- Michael Jordan and the Jordan Brand are giving $100
million to organizations dedicated to promoting racial equality and social
In a joint statement Friday on social media, Jordan and the Jordan Brand said
money will be paid over 10 years with the goal of "ensuring racial equality,
social justice and greater access to education."
"Black lives matter," the statement said. "This isn't a controversial
statement. Until the ingrained racism that allows our country's institutions to
fail is completely eradicated, we will remain committed to protecting and
improving the lives of black people."
Jordan, the 57-year-old former Chicago Bulls great, is the owner of the
Charlotte Hornets. The Jordan Brand is a subsidiary of Nike, the shoe giant
that earlier Friday committed $40 million over the next four years to support
the black community.
Jordan also released a statement Monday on George Floyd and the killings of
black people at the hands of police.
"I am deeply saddened, truly pained and plain angry," Jordan said. "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."
Floyd was in handcuffs when a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into
his neck as he pleaded that he couldn't breathe. Derek Chauvin is charged with
third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.