Michael Jordan declined to comment on the Donald Sterling situation Saturday in the wake of the Bobcats loss to the Heat. The former NBA legend and current Charlotte owner issued a statement on Sunday afternoon condemning the Clippers owner from both the perspective as an owner and ex-player.
“I look at this from two perspectives – as a current owner and a former player. As an owner, I’m obviously disgusted that a fellow team owner could hold such sickening and offensive views. I’m confident that Adam Silver will make a full investigation and take appropriate action quickly. As a former player, I’m completely outraged. There is no room in the NBA – or anywhere else – for the kind of racism and hatred that Mr. Sterling allegedly expressed. I am appalled that this type of ignorance still exists within our country and at the highest levels of our sport. In a league where the majority of players are African-American, we cannot and must not tolerate discrimination at any level.”
During his playing days Jordan was famous for rarely making any sort of statement that would make waves on a political front. He famously once said “Republicans buy sneakers, too.”
Jordan actually speaking out against Sterling is a shocker and likely going to pile more pressure on NBA commish Adam Silver to make a resolution or act on the situation very soon.