CHARLOTTE, NC - One of basketball's all-time greats, Michael Jordan, is speaking out about recent police violence, and the six-time NBA champion is putting his money where his mouth is by making two separate million-dollar donations to help make a difference.
"I can no longer stay silent," Jordan says in a statement. "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's dad was killed while sleeping in his car on the side of the road back in 1993. Jordan said he grieves with the families who have lost loved ones because he "knows their pain all too well."
Jordan is donating a million dollars to the newly organized Institute for Community-Police Relations and a million to the NAACP Legal Defense fund.
The NBA hall-of-famer is finally speaking out because he's frustrated with how "divisive rhetoric and racial tensions seem to be getting worse of late."
"His Airness" always overcame obstacles on the court and found a way to win.
So maybe Jordan can help the country overcome its obstacles, too!