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NBA Legend Michael Jordan Breaks Silence: Killing of Blacks, Police Both Wrong

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By    |   Monday, 25 Jul 2016 05:29 PM

Former NBA star Michael Jordan on Monday said he could no longer remain silent as he watches black men die at the hands of police and police die at the hands of vigilantes.

Writing on the website The Undefeated, Jordan said he is donating $1 million each to the International Association of Chiefs of Police's Institute for Community-Police Relations and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

"As a proud American, a father who lost his own dad in a senseless act of violence, and a black man, I have been deeply troubled by the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement and angered by the cowardly and hateful targeting and killing of police officers," Jordan wrote. "I grieve with the families who have lost loved ones, as I know their pain all too well."

Jordan said his parents raised him to love and respect everyone regardless of race or background, "so I am saddened and frustrated by the divisive rhetoric and racial tensions that seem to be getting worse as of late.

"I know this country is better than that, and I can no longer stay silent," he said. "We need to find solutions that ensure people of color receive fair and equal treatment AND that police officers — who put their lives on the line every day to protect us all — are respected and supported."

Jordan has faced criticism over the years for not taking political or social stands, often being quoted as having said, "Republicans buy sneakers, too."

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar once accused Jordan of putting "commerce over conscience," but Jordan has been speaking out more on issues in recent years NBC News notes.

Jordan owns the NBA's Charlotte Hornets, , Last week he agreed with the league's decision to move 2017's All-Star game from Charlotte over North Carolina's "bathroom bill" that critics say discriminates against transgendered people by requiring them to use public restrooms that match the gender on their birth certificates.

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