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Michael Jordan: “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.
Michael Jordan: “Over the past three decades I have seen up close the dedication of the law enforcement officers who protect me and my family. I have the greatest respect for their sacrifice and service. I also recognize that for many people of color their experiences with law enforcement have been different than mine. I have decided to speak out in the hope that we can come together as Americans, and through peaceful dialogue and education, achieve constructive change. To support that effort, I am making contributions of $1 million each to two organizations, the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s newly established Institute for Community-Police Relations and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.”
MKG’s mixed bag of an NBA career has included averages of 9.1 points and 6.1 rebounds for the Charlotte Hornets, along with a concussion, a stress fracture in his right foot that limited him to 12 games in 2014-15 and a shoulder injury that knocked him out for the season this past year after just seven games. “I just fell on my shoulder,” he said of his most recent injury. “It was a freak accident.” So, understandably, the first question Kidd-Gilchrist was asked Saturday concerned his health. “It’s good,” he said. “I’m all healthy. I’m 200 percent … ready to go.”
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