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Michael Jordan is respected and considered by many to be the greatest basketball player of all time and although he normally stays quiet about many cultural and world issues, he has finally spoken on these recent black deaths by police.

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Jordan dropped a statement on ESPN’s The Undefeated basically declaring that he won’t be silent about the issues of police brutality, and the killing of innocent police officers, he’s seen grip the nation.

“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,” reads part of Air Jordan’s statement. “I grieve with the families who have lost loved ones, as I know their pain all too well.”

He added, “I was raised by parents who taught me to love and respect people regardless of their 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. 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.”

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