Since his retirement, Charlotte Hornets owner and basketball icon, Michael Jordan has been pretty much quiet. Lately though, with the increase of police involved shootings, Jordan has not only become vocal, but generous as well. The NBA legend announced over the summer that he would be donating $2 million to the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s Institute for Community-Police Relations and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in an effort to improve the fractured relationship between black communities and law enforcement. Now, trouble has come to his beloved city of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Jordan wrote an essay for The Undefeated touching on how as an African-American man, a father, and a son who lost his own dad to a senseless murder committed by two teenagers in 1993. In it, Jordan wrote that he was deeply troubled by the killings at the hands of police officers as well as the cowardly targeting of police officers. In a press release, Jordan gave his condolences to the family of Keith Lamont Scott and wished a full recovery for those who were injured after the world watched in horror as protesting turned into rioting and destruction of property. In his statement, Jordan stressed how it was more important now than ever to restore calm and come together peacefully, in constructive and non-violent ways.

During the demonstrations, the Hornets team shop was also one of the properties vandalized.

Building team spirit

Carolina Panthers quarterbackCam Newton also weighed in on the Charlotte police shooting at a press conference on Wednesday. They 27-year-old Atlanta native opined that all involved should beheld responsible for their actions.

Newton admitted to feeling dismayed by how justice has been served over the years. He added that he is a firm believer of justice and that black people cannot be hypocrites either.

The aftermath of tragedy

On September 20th, 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott was shot and killed by police who were in the area to serve an outstanding warrant for another man.

Scott’s death came on the heels of the police-related shooting of Terence Crutcher of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Unlike Tulsa, violence ensued in Charlotte which resulted in one person getting shot, several injuries and arrests made. The governor of North Carolina declared a state of emergency and has deployed the National Guard for assistance.

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